Bilingual (English and Spanish) Education and Outreach Specialist
HOURS / STATUS: Full-time (40 hours/week) / Non-exempt
SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., occasional evenings and weekends
REPORTS TO: Education and Outreach Director
LOCATION: Statewide, work is hybrid and in person with travel
About Our Relationship
You: You are a skilled trainer/educator who is bilingual English and Spanish with a desire to create change through education and outreach across the state within a non-profit setting. You are growth oriented and enjoy sharing what you learn with others. You bring a proven track record of meaningfully engaging with constituents, stakeholders, and supporters. You have a keen understanding of and passion for ending inequities created by denying resources and access to opportunity for certain communities, particularly communities of color.
Us: We are a statewide justice-minded, equity-focused civil rights organization working to end housing discrimination throughout Oregon. We have high expectations about engaging our many community stakeholders and groups across multiple channels. We appreciate your commitment to racial equity and your desire to grow with a growing organization. We have a dynamic staff located throughout the state of Oregon, fiercely committed both to our work to end housing discrimination and also to support and nurture one another.
Education and Outreach Specialist Primary Focus Areas:
Community outreach to a wide variety of target audiences in Oregon on fair housing rights and responsibilities. A focus of FHCO is outreach efforts to engage and serve marginalized communities. This position will specifically serve Spanish speaking constituents and service providers.
Educate and engage a wide variety of target audiences in Oregon on fair housing rights and responsibilities. This includes and is not limited to: social service agencies, nonprofits housing providers, consumers, housing providers, housing authorities, real estate agents, adult foster care home providers/assisted living facilities, and jurisdictional bodies.
Schedule, promote, create, and facilitate fair housing training sessions in Spanish for tenants, social service organizations, community groups, landlords, students, etc. in person and virtually/on-line throughout Oregon.
Attend key network meetings to engage with housing advocates, social service agencies, housing providers, jurisdictional bodies, and provide technical assistance as needed
Engage in community outreach in Spanish and English about fair housing rights and responsibilities through community events and small group outreach. Target audiences include social service organizations, community groups, landlords, students, etc. throughout Oregon
Promote traveling educational display on the history of discrimination and segregation in Oregon
Participate in development of educational materials
Schedule and conduct radio and other interviews in Spanish and English; maintain relationships with radio stations, community access television stations and other media outlets.
Enter data on activities to submit in reports to funders
Meaningfully engage in organization’s equity work, including participating in trainings and follow-up discussions among staff
Actively and positively participates as a member of the FHCO team, including at bi-monthly staff meetings and in day-to-day interactions with team members
Serves as a professional and friendly ambassador of the organization when interacting with people outside of the organization
Fulfills other duties as assigned
Must reside in Oregon
Must be bilingual Spanish and English
Ideal Candidate Qualifications:
At least three years of experience providing education/training with a high level of skill
Ability to interact comfortably and respectfully with diverse groups and present difficult legal concepts in a way that is easily accessible
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience working with civil rights and/or social services
Excellent time management and scheduling skills
Attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Willing to work flexible hours as needed
Have current driver’s license, car insurance, and regular access to a vehicle
Computer literate (Microsoft Office Suite, Power Point, FileMaker Pro or similar data base system, Zoom, and Outlook)
Understanding of Fair Housing Law
Strong understanding of anti-racism and desire to be a part of a learning/growing culture including having challenging conversations
Desire to grow in position, learn more, and share what you learn
*A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s welcome. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.
Salary and Benefits Information:
Compensation: $23/hour, non-exempt employee
Organization offers no-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits to employees, dependent benefits available at employee’s cost
Organization offers Employee Assistance Program for all staff & their dependents
Access to 401-K retirement plan
Years 0-5: 80 hours/year (80 hours can be carried over each year)
Years 5+: 120 hours/year (80 hours can be carried over each year)
Paid sick leave: 8.0 hours/month
Paid parental leave: 160 hours paid after 1 year of employment
All benefits available the 1st of the month following date of hire
Federal holidays paid, plus one personal holiday
Equal Opportunity Employer
The board and staff of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon believe we can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion. FHCO is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. We are committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in responding to this job announcement, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (503) 223-8197, ext. 113.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. In the cover letter, please address why you are a good fit for this position and how your experience will help to further housing justice, equity, and inclusion. Emailed cover letters and resumes should have the words “Bilingual Education and Outreach Specialist” in the subject line. The position will be open until filled. Interviews will be held virtually. No phone calls please.
About Fair Housing Council of Oregon
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a statewide civil rights organization promoting justice, equity, and inclusion in housing throughout Oregon. We work to end housing discrimination by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. This 30-year-old, 501(c)(3) public benefit organization has staff throughout Oregon, with its main office in Portland, Oregon. We are the only private fair housing organization in the state. FHCO is unique in that we emphasize education and outreach as much as enforcement. In addition to providing information and referral, advocacy, and investigation services, FHCO provides complainants with assistance in navigating fair housing legal and administrative processes. The organization also provides technical assistance to public sector officials.