Job Opportunities

The NYU Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.

We are now hiring for the following positions (see full descriptions below):

  1. Senior Research Analyst (posted November 2018)

  2. Development and Finance Manager (posted September 2018)

  3. Legal Research Fellow (accepting applications for positions beginning Summer/Fall 2019)

  4. Post-Doctoral Economics Research Fellow (accepting applications for positions beginning Summer/Fall 2019)

  5. Legal Reseach Assistants (accepting applications for Fall 2018)

  6. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for Fall 2018)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:

 

1. Senior Research Analyst

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Senior Research Analyst. The Analyst will help manage projects and the work of the NYU Furman Center data team, and will work closely with our multidisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners on quantitative projects that address important and timely urban policy issues. The position reports to the NYU Furman Center’s Data Manager.

Primary Responsibilities: Staff and help manage data projects and work of the NYU Furman Center data team.

  • Serve as project manager for quantitative research projects, helping to design projects at their inception and providing or supervising the data analysis necessary to execute the project. In particular, manage the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, the Center’s flagship annual neighborhood indicators report, and CoreData.nyc, in addition to other projects.
  • Train and supervise part-time graduate researchers and monitor their workloads. With direction from the Center’s senior leadership team, allocate project assignments. 
  • Manage process for receiving and responding to data requests from external organizations.
  • Conduct research, analysis, and writing for NYU Furman Center projects.

Qualifications: An advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, applied statistics, data science, or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate strong data analysis skills, organizational and project management ability, analytical thinking, and ability to communicate quantitative findings and complex concepts in writing and orally. The candidate must be comfortable working on a team and must have ability to multitask, respond to shifting priorities, and meet strict deadlines. The candidate should have knowledge of at least one statistical or mathematical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python (Pandas/SciPy/NumPy)) and be willing to learn R.

We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor, a love of numbers, and a curiosity about the world.

Preferred Qualifications: Additional technical experience in relational databases (SQL), geospatial data management and analysis (Esri ArcGIS, QGIS), and open data tools are a plus. The strongest candidates will have an avid interest in understanding cities, public policy, housing, and land use.
The position comes with a salary and a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here:  http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html.
 
To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a work sample (code and final product preferred), graduate school transcripts if applicable (unofficial copies are acceptable), and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Senior Research Analyst Position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

2. Development and Finance Manager

Position Description: The Development and Finance Manager is responsible for budgeting, financial management, pre- and post-award grants management, and corporate, individual, and advisory board fundraising support at the NYU Furman Center. The Manager also plays an important strategic role at the Center, helping to set fundraising goals and developing, implementing, and managing strategies to meet those goals. Specific responsibilities include:

Pre- and Post-Award Grants Management 

  • Assist faculty directors with developing and implementing fundraising strategy, including identifying and researching opportunities for private, individual, and government grant opportunities that align with Furman Center needs and strategy. 
  • Develop components of grant applications and letters of inquiry, conforming to sponsor and University requirements and guidelines.
  • Coordinate grant application process within the Furman Center and with other University offices; track submissions in Salesforce and Cayuse; and coordinate follow-up with funders and prospects. Coordinate responses to inquiries and, for successful requests, assist with the contracting process and project set up.
  • Monitor and track fiscal and programmatic reporting requirements. Provide support for reporting in conjunction with Furman Center and University staff.

Budgeting and Overall Financial Management 

  • Under guidance of executive and faculty directors, develop annual Furman Center operating budget as well as individual project and proposal budgets.
  • Update and monitor budget throughout the year and develop fundraising goals and resource allocation plans with Center directors.
  • Manage Center spending, in collaboration with NYU Law School and University central staff, including procurement, staffing, and research project-specific salary allocations.
  • Oversee accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing and other matters to promote the fiscal health of the Furman Center. Set up and monitor sub-contracts, consulting agreements, and purchase orders as necessary.  

Other Fundraising and Development Support 

  • Support Center directors in monitoring board engagement, communications, and invoicing/tracking of annual contributions.
  • Oversee annual corporate sponsorship campaign, including researching prospects, drafting messages and proposals, tracking and invoicing contributions, and communicating with sponsors.
  • Assist directors with research and stewardship of individual prospects and donors, including drafting correspondence and request letters.

Other Managerial Responsibilities

  • Supervise development/operations research assistant(s) as needed.
  • Work with the data team and faculty to steward data use agreements and MOUs through university review and approval process.
  • With other full-time staff at the Center, help maintain internal systems and programming to build a positive culture and work experience for the team.
  • Assist with other special projects as required.

Qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a proven track record in grant management, financial analysis, and budgeting, very strong writing and communications skills, and impeccable attention to detail. The candidate should have at least three to five years of relevant experience. The candidate should have familiarity with federal regulatory compliance requirements and submission of proposals using electronic research sources, as well as an ability to work well independently and in a group under strict deadlines. Experience with Cayuse, Salesforce, and NYU’s UDWW+ financial reporting system highly preferred. We are looking for a team player who brings creativity, initiative, and an interest in learning about cities, public policy, and housing.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and writing sample. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Development and Finance Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted. 
The position comes with a salary and a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The Furman Center, jointly housed at NYU’s School of Law and its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development, and housing. The Furman Center’s law fellowships are designed for promising legal scholars with a strong interest in housing, local government, real estate, or land use law. The Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of their choice in preparation to enter the academic job market, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. In recent years, legal fellows have worked on projects addressing the legal impediments to the development of micro and accessory dwelling units in New York and other cities; an empirical and legal analysis of the use of transferable development rights in New York City; the economics and legal issues surrounding mandatory inclusionary zoning; and a number of projects addressing fair housing requirements. The Law Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law. 

Qualifications include a J.D. degree, superior academic achievement, excellent writing skills, initiative, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to scholarship.

This two-year fellowship would begin either in the summer/fall 2019 or as soon as possible during the 2018-19 academic year. The position comes with a salary of approximately $65,000 and a generous array of benefits.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, law school transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Legal Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications will be given consideration until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

4. Post-Doctoral Economics Research Fellow

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a post-doctoral research position. The Furman Center, jointly housed at NYU’s School of Law and its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development, and housing. The Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. Fellowships typically last two years and may begin as early as summer 2019.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Economics, Statistics, or other quantitative social science discipline; experience working with large data sets; strong econometrics skills; strong oral and written communications skills; strong skills in programming for data analysis (such as in R, Stata, or SAS), and the ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. Interest in housing, real estate, or local public finance are pluses.  

The position comes with a salary of approximately $65,000 and a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental and vision.  Further information regarding benefits can be found here:  http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html. Note, this position is considered a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Post-Doc Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) for fall 2018. The NYU Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.

Summer 2018
The Center seeks part-time legal RAs for summer 2018 to work on a suite of projects related to landlord-tenant laws. These projects are particularly focused on tenant legal protections as they relate to displacement and substandard housing. The legal issues involved include rent regulation, the implied warranty of habitability, housing code enforcement, and just cause eviction. RAs will be tasked with case law, statutory, and regulatory research related to these issues, as well as with tracking recent developments in relevant landlord-tenant laws across jurisdictions.

Summer RAs will also have opportunities to participate in brainstorming sessions with the NYU Furman Center’s dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners, and will have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates exhibit an interest in or passion for housing, urban policy, and/or poverty law. These RA positions are flexible and may accommodate graduating 3Ls who are taking the bar and wish to work part-time in June or August. 1Ls and 2Ls may work part-time throughout the summer, or may work full-time hours over shorter periods on the front or back end of full-time internships. RAs may work remotely, depending on the circumstances. 

To Apply: NYU Law students should submit the following four items:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • NYU Law academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  • Writing sample

Email these four documents as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Law RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

6. Graduate Student Researchers

The NYU Furman Center hires enrolled NYU graduate students to work as graduate researchers on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are accepting applications for fall 2018. 

Graduate students are an integral part of the NYU Furman Center team and are engaged in all aspects of the Center’s work, including all-team brainstorming sessions, research, and public events. We also plan events throughout the year targeted to our student team, including skill building sessions, research seminars, and alumni networking opportunities.   

We strive to ensure that graduate students work on projects that will help to meet their longer-term goals. Daily tasks may include background research and literature review, policy analysis, communications assistance, data analysis, web development, and event planning. In general, graduate researchers tend to specialize in one of two areas:

  • Policy/Communications: Help to promote and advance the work of the NYU Furman Center to the public. Day-to-day duties may include digital communications, policy research and writing, website management, media relations, press releases, data request assistance, and event planning.
  • Data/GIS: Support the Center’s academic and policy research projects with quantitative analysis, data visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, and programming. 

All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy) and must be able to contribute one or more of the skills listed below. Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit approximately 12-20 hours per week during the school year, and 20-35 hours/week during summer.   

Skill Sets: At the NYU Furman Center, we are looking for people who can help us in the areas listed below; those applicants with one or more of these skill sets should consider applying.

  • Research and policy analysis
  • Legal research skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Event planning and coordination
  • PowerPoint and presentation development
  • GIS and spatial analytics, including ArcGIS
  • Statistical programming: Stata, SAS, R, or similar
  • General programming: SQL, Python, Ruby, Perl, or similar
  • Web programming: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Data visualization technologies and fusion tables

Please highlight relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover letter. The strongest applications include samples of prior work or other documentation demonstrating experience or aptitude in these areas. In particular, applicants for data/GIS positions without programming experience should demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude along with proficiency in general-use data applications (Excel, Access, Salesforce, etc.) or experience in quantitative environments, such as consulting, engineering, or financial management.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application.” Please also indicate in your application what semester you are available to begin working.

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Writing sample (1-3 pages)
  4. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  5. Portfolio of relevant web-based, design, programming, or data visualization work (not required)

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.