The Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Equal Opportunity Specialist (EOS) Fellowship
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is, in part, to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities free from discrimination. The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) furthers this mission through enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, among other laws. FHEO employees intake complaints from the public, investigate allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, and religion, draft administrative findings and determinations, and facilitate voluntary resolution of matters. HUD employees also monitor recipients of HUD funding, including subsidized housing provides and local and state governments, for compliance with civil rights laws and the mandate to affirmatively further fair housing, and for systemic barriers to equity in HUD programs.
Actions and issue areas frequently investigated and or reviewed by FHEO include: zoning and land use policies and practices; home loan lending practices and scams; nuisance and crime-free ordinances; sexual harassment in housing; residency preferences, criminal records policies, and other tenant selection criteria; siting criteria and decisions regarding affordable housing; language access services; accessible design and construction; and a wide array of other actions.
Housing segregation underlies inequity in many facets of American life, including healthcare, education, transportation, and employment. FHEO offers the opportunity for fast-paced, high-impact work to tackle longstanding segregative policy, and advance equity and opportunity. Recent significant accomplishments of FHEO include:
– A conciliation agreement resolving allegations of redlining and lending disparities;
– A charge of discrimination against a major online advertising platform for discriminatory targeting of housing advertisements;
– A charge of discrimination against a City regarding the adoption and implementation of a crime-free and nuisance law; and
– A settlement agreement with a large city regarding the failure to ensure construction of accessible housing across its subsidized housing portfolio.
Equal Opportunity Specialist (EOS) Fellowship positions are available in FHEO’s Office of Enforcement located in Washington, DC. FHEO seeks highly qualified individuals who are committed to advancing fair housing and equity in HUD programs. Experience in civil rights, consumer protection, public interest, or impact litigation is particularly relevant, as is research and advocacy in areas of housing, lending, public services, and land-use and local government policy and operation. Key skills include investigative planning, data collection and analysis, interviewing, and public speaking. FHEO is seeking, in particular, persons with experience and interest in strategic target-selection and development of high-impact investigations.
The EOS Fellowship is a two-year term appointment (with expected two-year extensions) in the excepted service. Fellows may apply for permanent postings at any time, including while serving their fellowship.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
– Identify, investigate, and conciliate allegations of discrimination, including for novel, complex, and systemic matters. Investigations involve gathering and evaluating documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses, analyzing facts and applicable laws, and drafting findings or determinations.
– Review policies and practices of HUD-funded recipients (e.g., Public Housing Authorities, assisted housing providers, Cities, Counties, and States) for compliance with fair housing and civil rights mandates, including under the Fair Housing Act, Title VI, Section 109, Section 504, Title II of ADA, and Executive Order 11063.
– Identify targets for investigation or review under discretionary authorities, and/or identify priority areas for enforcement and coordination across FHEO.
– Brief agency leadership on systemic fair housing or civil rights issues, and particular matters.
– Undertake a wide variety of complex assignments in the areas of enforcement, compliance, and/or program operations.
– Complete advanced research, writing, and editing tasks.
– To qualify at the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12-level, you must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade; or
– A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, LLM, or three full years of progressively higher education leading to such a degree, may be substituted at the GS-11 level for specialized experience; or
– A master’s degree or J.D. may be substituted at the GS-9 level for specialized experience.
The salary ranges from approximately $60,129 to $87,128 depending on GS-Scale qualified for and locality. Please consult the salary tables at https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees for more information. Relocation will not be paid for, but benefits and flexible work schedules, including telework, are available. Consult the OPM website for more information.
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