Investigator (2 positions) (Temporary 2.5 years position)

Posted Date1 day ago(1/22/2019 10:44 AM)
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Fair Housing & Equity
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under the supervision of the Director of Investigations and Enforcement, the Investigator is responsible for conducting investigations under local, state and federal fair housing laws, and other laws within the jurisdiction of the department. Performs this function to ensure that the Office effectively engages and serves residents, especially the most vulnerable, and advocates for fair housing and equity, to reach the Office’s mission: to address discrimination and ensure fair access to housing, public services, accommodations, and participation in activities for all people of Boston.


  • Responsible for investigating discrimination complaints and seeing complaints through the investigation process; this includes but is not limited to interviewing complainants, respondents and witnesses, and performing comparative analysis of evidence.
  • Prepare reports that present investigative facts, analysis of issues and recommendations for corrective action.
  • Engage in conciliation of cases and drafts settlement agreements.
  • Issue determinations and final investigative reports under the supervision of the Director of Investigations.
  • Support Commissioners in writing of hearing decisions when not the original investigator assigned to the case as needed.
  • Prepare cases for public hearings or transmittal to the MA Attorney General’s Office or other appropriate agencies.
  • Review and confirm compliance with governing fair housing law.
  • Provide timely submission of required reports to appropriate state and federal agencies.
  • Support the Director of Investigations in writing reports as needed.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least three years (3) experience in the area of fair housing, civil rights, or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Management, Social Work or other related field required. A master’s degree in a related field or Juris Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of fair housing law strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with real estate law, and real estate rental and sales practices preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in investigations and analysis of fair housing, disability, and or employment complaints.
  • Experience conducting interviews and counseling complainants.
  • Experience in mediation, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills required.
  • Strong legal research and interpersonal skills required.
  • Advanced computer literacy/skills required.
  • Ability to excercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred.







Hours per week: 35

Duration: Two and a half (2.5) year temporary position.