Practitioner in Residence, Housing Discrimination Testing Program

Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    Position Description: The Practitioner in Residence (PIR) will be appointed as a non-tenure track member of the faculty within the Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP). The PIR will be a part of the Clinical Programs faculty, in which HDTP is located. As with all teaching faculty, the PIR will have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills and will be afforded opportunities to work with colleagues and the Suffolk University Center for Teaching and Scholarship Excellence to enhance teaching, course design skills, and scholarship. The PIR will also have access to support in the areas of research, scholarship, supervision, and grant writing/development. The PIR will be encouraged to produce scholarship, and given the opportunity to present draft papers at legal conferences and before the Suffolk faculty.

    Position Summary: The HDTP is a fair housing center with a mission of identifying and eliminating housing discrimination. HDTP has attracted $4,400,000 in grant funding and is a leader in housing discrimination testing, enforcement, education and outreach and empirical research. The HDTP PIR will serve as the Assistant Director of HDTP. The PIR will help administer all aspects of the HDTP program, including having primary responsibility for grant management, grant/funding development and applications, supervising two full time testing coordinators, conducting fair housing trainings, co-teaching a seminar in housing discrimination, and organizing a national fair housing conference. The HDTP PIR will also be responsible for producing scholarship resulting from HDTP academic studies and presenting the results at conferences and in other fora. The HDTP PIR will also be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with partners, including HUD, the City of Boston Office of Fair Housing & Equity, the Office of the Attorney General, Metro Housing Boston, and others.

    The PIR’s work will be supervised by the faculty director of HDTP, Professor William Berman. The position will report directly to Professor Sarah Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs, and Professor Kim McLaurin, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning.

    Duration: This position will begin July 1, 2021. The PIR position is a one-year (12 month) appointment. The PIR will have an annual review, and renewal of the appointment will be subject to curricular needs, financial considerations, performance in carrying out the position responsibilities, and adherence to the relevant terms of employment of the University and Law School.

    Hours: Full-time, 12-month contract.


    • At least four years of supervisory/leadership and administrative experience is required.
    • Significant grant fundraising and management experience is required.
    • Significant experience conducting and supervising housing discrimination tests is required.
    • Experience teaching and giving educational presentations is required.
    • A proven record of scholarship is required.
    • The ideal candidate will be able to work creatively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting and to develop and maintain relationships with program partners.
    • Must be an attorney and member in good standing of a state bar.

    Required Application Documents:

    • Cover Letter
    • Resume or CV
    • List of three references

    Applicants should submit their materials via Suffolk’s job posting website,

    Equal Opportunity:

    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

    Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information on Suffolk Law’s commitment to diversity, please see .

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