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. Operations and Program Assistant (posted February 2019)

  2. Research Analyst (updated February 2019)

  3. Graduate Student Researcher - Development, Operations, and Events (accepting applications for late Spring/Summer 2019)

  4. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for late Spring/Summer 2019)

  5. Undergraduate Student Office Assistants (accepting applications for late Spring/Summer 2019)

  6. Legal Reseach Assistants (accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2019)

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

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

 

1. Operations and Program Assistant

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center seeks a candidate with strong organizational skills to help manage the Center’s operations and administrative work, and assist with event planning, information management, and basic support for research and policy projects. The full-time Operations and Program Assistant will report to the Operations and Finance Manager, and will work closely with our dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, urban planners, and other staff members. 

They may also assist with the NYU Furman Center’s digital communications, website management, and outreach to partners and users. The Operations and Program Assistant will be exposed to a diverse range of urban and housing policy issues.

Responsibilities: The Operations and Program Assistant will split their time between helping to manage the Furman Center office and operations and assisting research teams with logistics and outreach. This position presents a great opportunity to learn how an office functions and also to work on cutting-edge projects related to important public policy issues. 
The Operations and Program Assistant will:

  • Serve as office manager: Supervise undergraduate student employees in day-to-day office duties, including email inbox, purchasing and tracking expenses, stocking supplies, answering the phone, and assisting with other administrative needs.
  • Maintain the Center’s calendar of events and meetings, and assist with scheduling.
  • Manage the Center’s contacts database and assist team in creating contact lists for various events and mailings.
  • Assist with human resources, including the on-boarding of new staff and students.
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences, events, webinars, meetings, and special projects such as distributing the Furman Center's annual State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report.
  • Assist project teams and policy/communications staff with planning, logistics, scheduling, and communications and research tasks.


Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree and experience working in an office. We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with impeccable attention to detail; ability to multitask and respond to shifting priorities; comfort working both independently and collaboratively; who brings creativity, initiative, and strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills. Candidate must demonstrate excellent writing/editing/proofreading capabilities, be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and must be able to handle sensitive information with discretion. We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor, a love of people and positive office culture, and a curiosity about the world.

Preferred Qualifications: Ideally the candidate will have past experience with event planning, scheduling, communications, and/or office management. Familiarity with Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite or other publication tools a plus. The ideal candidate should have an interest in learning about cities, public policy, and housing.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The University also offers an outstanding array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and tuition remission. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html. 

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable), names and contact information of three references, and a writing sample. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Operations and Program Assistant 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. Research Analyst

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Research Analyst. The Analyst will help manage research projects and train and supervise the NYU Furman Center data team’s research assistants, working 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.

  • Conduct data and statistical analysis for NYU Furman Center projects.
  • Draft research articles, policy briefs, data briefs, and other written reports of the research team’s analysis.
  • 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.


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 clearly and concisely 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 software package (e.g., R, Python, SAS, Stata) 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 (QGIS, PostGIS, Esri ArcGIS), 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), graduate school transcripts if applicable (unofficial copies are acceptable), and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “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.

 

3. Graduate Student Researcher - Development, Operations, and Events

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 summer 2019, with preference to someone who can start during May and continue in the 2019-20 academic year. 

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.

The development, operations, and events graduate researcher will research funding prospects, support grant proposals and management, manage and update databases, and coordinate event logistics and special projects for the Center. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong Microsoft Office skills, time management and organizational skills, and excellent writing ability with attention to detail.

All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy). Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit approximately 12-20 hours per week during the school year, and 20-35 hours/week during summer.   

Please highlight any relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover letter. In particular, we seek candidates with the following experience:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Background or interest in fundraising
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Salesforce or similar contact management platform
  • Mailchimp or other email systems
  • PowerPoint and presentation development
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Web programming
  • Adobe Creative Suite

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Development, Operations, and Events Graduate Researcher Application.” Please indicate in your application your anticipated summer availability and when you are available to begin working. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

  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.

 

4. 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 late spring and summer 2019. 

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 your summer availability and when 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.

 

5. Undergraduate Student Office Assistant

The NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for summer 2019 and the 2019-20 academic year. Preference will be given to candidates who are available to start May 1 (or potentially sooner).

The Office Assistant is a critical part of the Furman Center team, managing day-to-day office duties, which include maintaining contact databases and email inbox, tracking expenses, stocking supplies, answering the phone, and assisting with other office needs. In addition, the office assistant helps with preparation for conferences, meetings, events, and special projects such as distributing the Furman Center's annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report. 

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.

Qualifications: NYU sophomore or junior (for the current 2018-19 academic year); all majors welcome. We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a positive attitude. You must have fast and accurate typing skills (preferably 60+ WPM), familiarity with common software packages, and strong English language skills. It is essential that you can handle sensitive information with confidentiality. Prior office experience is a plus, as is familiarity with contact databases like Salesforce and publication tools like Adobe Creative Suite. 

For qualified candidates, additional opportunities may occasionally be available to assist with data analysis and visualization. If this interests you, please also specify experience with MS Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS, HTML, statistical packages (SAS, Stata), or programming languages (SQL, Python).
Compensation:  
$15/hour  

This position is for summer 2019 (25-35 hours/week) and the 2019-20 academic year (15-20 hours/week). There is potential for full- or part-time work during school breaks, as well as to continue for future academic years. Students must be able to commit 25-35 hours/week during summer, and 15-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters. Preference for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday availability during summer. The position pays $15/hour.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Office Assistant Application.” 

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Anticipated availability for summer 2019 (and fall 2019, if known), and start date
  5. Typing speed (submit PDF or screenshot of 1-minute typing test result from http://www.typingtest.com/)

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

 

6. Legal Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) for spring and summer 2019. 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 2019

The Center seeks part-time legal RAs for summer 2019 to work on a suite of projects related to rent regulation, the assignment of counsel to tenants facing eviction, and other tenant protections such as just cause eviction statutes, housing code enforcement, and anti-displacement strategies. RAs will be tasked with case law, statutory, and regulatory research related to these issues, helping to draft model laws, and tracking recent developments in relevant landlord-tenant laws across jurisdictions.

RAs also will work on a variety of projects relating to gentrification, including (depending upon a pending grant application), questions about how best to coordinate efforts to integrate both neighborhoods and local schools as neighborhoods gentrify. 

Summer RAs will also have opportunities to participate in brainstorming sessions with the 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.

 

7. Legal Research Fellow

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.

 

8. 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 2020.

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 2020” 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.