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This position is located in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement leads the Departmental responsibility to enforce, administer, develop, and enhance public understanding of Federal fair housing and civil rights laws and policies. This position reports to the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for FHEO. The incumbent is responsible for providing executive leadership and operational oversight of the development of standards, regulations, rules, guidelines, and handbooks for the implementation of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
The major duties of the position are as follows:
Directs the work of the office of the DAS for Enforcement and its three Offices. This includes responsibility to:
- Assess enforcement related policy, program, and project feasibility as it relates to matters arising under the Federal Fair Housing Act, and when part of a multi-jurisdictional matter, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11063; Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968;
- Facilitate hearings or administrative meetings pursuant to the Fair Housing Act and assist the Assistant Secretary in making final decisions in all matters arising under the Act including equivalency of state and local Fair Housing Laws, and, when part of a multi-jurisdictional matter, Title VI, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, and all relevant Executive Orders, and Section 109;
- Evaluate the performance of state and local fair housing law enforcement agencies to determine their substantial equivalency for processing Fair Housing Act case referrals, and provides monitoring, training, technical assistance, and grants to these agencies;
- Proactively engage with inter-governmental activities, including liaison with all national organizations and groups to provide policy direction and ideas, and to establish effective working relationships where divergent viewpoints are involved or major conflict exists regarding the applicability of civil rights laws and authorities in national issues;
- Participate in FHEO inter-office task forces and Departmental committee efforts dealing with special planning or program development matters that cross jurisdictional lines and which involve intra-departmental policy; and,
- Engage in interagency groups with common enforcement missions and interests, such as the various federal financial regulatory agencies.
Assumes responsibility for the success of enforcement programs such as the Fair Housing Assistance Program, for coordinating national efforts to address systemic and pervasive housing discrimination, and for coordinating with interagency regulatory agencies to secure fair lending and nondiscriminatory appraisals. This encompasses the full range of factors affecting program/project accomplishment. This includes:
- Obtaining financial, human, and technology resources necessary to accomplish the law enforcement and program civil rights compliance, and assume responsibility for their effective use;
- Dealing with key officials from across the spectrum of external fair housing stakeholders; all HUD grantees and recipients; and all HUD program officials within the agency to gain understanding and support for ensuring equity and appropriate application of fair housing and civil rights program requirements across the spectrum of HUD operations;
- Maintaining dialogue with law schools throughout the country to assure continuing education on fair housing and fair lending law and issues.
- Ensuring that all Regional and Field Offices' intake and review of complaints, investigations, Fair Housing Act monitoring and HUD-initiated Fair Housing Act investigations and reviews are conducted in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and technical guidance; and,
- Ensuring continuing education and dialogue on fair housing and fair lending law and issues throughout the country through participation and provision of education and outreach and participation in interagency fair lending workgroups.
Monitors progress towards organizational goals and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals. This includes:
- Monitoring work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress towards objectives;
- Assessing overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of the organization; and
- Identifying, diagnosing, and consulting on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement and making decisions on alternative courses of action.
Occasional travel - Work related travel may be required.
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