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. Research and Policy Analyst (posted June 15, 2017)

  2. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for Fall 2017)

  3. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications for Fall 2017)

  4. Legal Research Fellow (posted June 6, 2017)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:

 

1. Research and Policy Analyst

The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Research and Policy Analyst. The analyst will work closely with our dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners to execute quantitative analyses that address important and timely urban policy issues. The analyst will work with our team to help identify strategic opportunities to insert our data and research into ongoing public policy debates.

Working with multidisciplinary project teams and under the supervision of senior staff, s/he will analyze, visualize, prepare data for publication in various media forms, and contribute to the maintenance and promotion of the NYU Furman Center’s data repository, CoreData.nyc. The Research and Policy Analyst will coordinate data analysis processes using basic statistical methods and statistical analysis software, and develop a working expertise in a wide range of indicators, data sources, and tools. S/he may also assist with the NYU Furman Center’s digital communications, policy research and writing, website management, media relations, data request assistance, and event planning. The Research and Policy Analyst will be exposed to a diverse range of urban and housing policy issues.

Responsibilities

  • Research and analysis
    • Assist with the management of report production, including timeline, deliverables, quality control, and staffing.
    • Fulfill ad hoc data requests from a wide range of external audiences, including academics and organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
    • Along with senior staff, supervise and support student research assistants in analysis tasks and their professional development.
  • Data management
    • Manage the NYU Furman Center’s data repository by maintaining data subscriptions, updates, and storage; enforce data integrity and security standards.
    • Calculate neighborhood indicators using basic statistical and analytic techniques; maintain technical documentation including metadata.
  • Policy and data communication
    • Prepare tables, graphs, maps, interactive data visualizations for NYU Furman Center reports and digital presence.
    • Lead the creation of digital communications content, including social updates, data visualizations, data updates, email communications, etc.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in public policy, statistics, economics, urban planning, the social sciences, computer science, or a related field, plus strong quantitative analysis skills. Candidate must demonstrate solid analytic thinking, knowledge of social science research methods, and effective oral and written communication of quantitative findings and methods. Experience writing programs or scripts in at least one statistical package is required (R, SAS, or Stata preferred).

Must have excellent attention to detail; ability to multitask and respond to shifting priorities; comfort working both independently and collaboratively; and strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills. Candidate must demonstrate excellent writing/editing/proofreading capabilities. We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor, a love of numbers, strong writing skills, and a curiosity about the world.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior quantitative research experience—including internships, research assistantships, or faculty-supervised independent research, such as a thesis—is strongly preferred. The strongest candidates will demonstrate proficiency in long-term project and data management, particularly for research projects with quantitative and qualitative components. Additional technical experience in relational databases (SQL) and geospatial data management and analysis (Esri ArcGIS) is a plus. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite or other publication tools a plus. The ideal candidate should have an avid interest in understanding cities, public policy, and housing, and sharing what they learn with others.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The University also offers an outstanding array of benefits, which include medical, dental and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html. Note, this position is considered as a Research Scholar for NYU School of Law.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable), three references, a writing sample, and a code sample (SAS, STATA, SQL, Python, or R). Send application materials and questions to furmanjobs@nyu.edu. Please include “Research and Policy 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. 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/summer and fall 2017. 

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 20-40 hours/week during summer.   

Skill Sets: At the 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 furmanjobs@nyu.edu 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.

 

3. Legal Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center regularly hires NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). The 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.

Currently, the Furman Center is hiring legal research assistants to work on research projects focusing on affordable housing and land use. We are looking for legal RAs to work on projects this winter, spring, and summer, including, among others, projects on the settlement process in New York City housing court, brownfield redevelopment in New York City, and the feasibility of using shared housing to meet the needs of low-income New Yorkers.

Legal RAs have the opportunity to work closely with the Furman Center’s dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners on projects addressing important and timely urban policy issues in the areas of affordable housing, real estate finance, and land use. RAs work closely with our research teams, conducting legal research and writing memos, helping draft reports, and working on other aspects of project design and management. RAs also participate in brainstorming sessions with our faculty members, staff, post-doctoral fellows (legal and economic), and PhD and graduate students, and have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates exhibit an interest in or passion for urban policy, housing, and/or land use issues. 

Summer RA positions typically run for at least ten weeks, starting in June and running into August. However, there is room for flexibility, depending on the circumstances.

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

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. NYU Law academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  4. Writing sample

Email these four documents as attachments to furmanjobs@nyu.edu with the subject line “Legal RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability for fall, spring, and summer.

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

 

4. 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 his or her choice and 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 law. The Law Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law. This two-year fellowship typically begins summer/fall 2018.

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

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. Note, this position is considered a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, law school transcripts, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to furmanjobs@nyu.edu. 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.