The Tennessee Fair Housing Council (the Council) has an immediate opening for a dynamic staff attorney The Council is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting housing choice for all people through education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Council is a private non-profit organization established in 1995. The Council provides direct client services to Davidson and surrounding counties: and education and outreach across the State of Tennessee.
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IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Staff Attorney reviews and investigates allegations of housing discrimination. The Staff Attorney works directly with clients to develop and investigate cases. The Staff Attorney is responsible for maintaining case files, negotiating settlements with housing providers, filing administrative complaints with HUD and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and handling cases in General Sessions, Chancery, and Circuit courts.
Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee.
Commitment to the preservation of Civil Rights;
Self-driven and capable of working in a busy environment;
Attention to detail, legal writing skills with experience drafting briefs, motions, and complaints;
Proficiency in Word and Outlook;
The ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences;
Zealous advocate capable of prioritizing the client’s interests; and
Litigation minded with strong negotiation skills.
Knowledge of fair housing laws and Tennessee landlord/tenant laws;
Client/Case Management experience;
Proficiency in Spanish.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform and/or manage functions related to the provision of client services which include: intake, investigation, client counseling, conciliation, settlement negotiation, coordination of testing activities, investigating and developing case records, and case management;
Research, analyze, and evaluate complaints with respect to state and federal statutes and case laws;
Representing The Council and clients in state and/or federal litigation, including the drafting of court filings, conducting discovery, and appearing in court;
Maintain orderly digital case files;
Develop and manage partnerships with co-counsel, opposing counsel, and state and federal agency investigators;
Develop and maintain networking relationships within the community and other organizations;
Safeguard clients’ security and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality;
Work as a team and support the mission and goals of The Council and Council Programs;
Maintain records for grant reporting purposes;
Assist the Executive Director with Grant Reporting.
Office hours are generally M – Fr 8:00am – 4:30pm. Generous insurance package with health, dental, and vision coverage. Leave is earned at the rate of 2 days/month, 10 paid holidays, and free onsite parking. Occasional weekends and nights may be required, as well as occasional travel. This is an exempt position. The anticipated start date for this position is immediately.
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The Tennessee Fair Housing Council is an equal opportunity employer.
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