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. Director of Data Strategy and Analytics (posted June 13, 2018)

  2. Legal Research Fellow (accepting applications for position beginning now or Summer/Fall 2019)

  3. Legal Reseach Assistants (accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2018)

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

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:


1. Director of Data Strategy and Analytics

Position Description: The Director of Data Strategy and Analytics coordinates many of the NYU Furman Center’s data analysis activities. The director will undertake complex quantitative analyses, manage the quantitative aspects of research projects, and supervise the work of junior staff. The Director of Data Strategy and Analytics will work closely with our dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, urban planners, and policy analysts to conduct research on critical and timely urban policy issues.

Management & Leadership 

  • Manage the NYU Furman Center’s data team operations and workflow for data-oriented projects at the NYU Furman Center.
  • Serve as project manager for quantitative research projects, and design and execute projects from inception to completion of final deliverable. In particular, manage the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, the Center’s flagship annual neighborhood indicators report, and, in addition to other projects.
  • Supervise the Center’s data management activities performed by the Data Manager and junior staff. Maintain the Center’s adherence to data security protocols.
  • Supervise full-time data staff and part-time graduate researchers, monitor their workloads, and arrange for their technical training. With direction from the Center’s senior leadership team, allocate project assignments. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with civic organizations, companies, and government agencies that have an interest in neighborhood indicators and civic technology. Present NYU Furman Center findings at external meetings and events.
  • Serve on the NYU Furman Center’s leadership team.

Research and Analysis 

  • Implement and oversee quality control mechanisms for research and data projects. Review quality of quantitative analyses employed in the Center’s products and deliverables.
  • Assemble and analyze large, complex data sets in support of research projects related to housing, land use, and neighborhood conditions. 
  • Draft research findings and methods, and create data visualizations in collaboration with project teams.
  • Advise colleagues on data sources and methodology techniques.
  • Help develop new project ideas, and seek novel data sources that will advance the Center’s research interests.

Minimum Qualifications: An advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, applied statistics, data science, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of quantitative analysis experience and experience with project and personnel management. The candidate must demonstrate solid mathematical ability, analytic thinking, knowledge of social science research methods, effective oral and written communication, and the ability to successfully manage long-term projects to their completion. The candidate should have advanced 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.

Must have ability to multitask, respond to shifting priorities, and meet strict deadlines; comfort working both independently and collaboratively; and strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 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), 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:

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), writing sample, and a work sample (code and final product preferred). Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Director of Data Strategy and Analytics” 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. 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.


3. Legal Research Assistants

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


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 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.