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. Policy Director (updated January 25, 2018)​

  2. Legal Research Fellow (accepting applications for position beginning Summer/Fall 2018)

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

  4. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2018)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:


1. Policy Director

Position Description:  The Policy Director leads the effort to link the NYU Furman Center’s research with policy-relevant issues, ongoing public debates, and key stakeholders. He or she also serves as a key point of contact for policymakers and other stakeholders who rely on the Center’s work. The Policy Director serves as a member of the NYU Furman Center’s leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities:

Research Development and Management

  • Identify and monitor pressing policy discussions and debates--in New York City and nationally--to help shape the NYU Furman Center’s research agenda on affordable housing and urban policy issues.
  • Write and edit NYU Furman Center reports, briefs, presentations, talking points, and other products focused on policy analysis and reform.
  • Translate academic research--including the Center’s legal, data, and quantitative analysis--into materials accessible for non-academic audiences.
  • Serve as project manager for select research and policy projects.
  • Supervise and mentor policy staff and/or graduate student research assistants focused on the Center’s policy projects.

External Relations 

  • Help to elevate the profile of the NYU Furman Center as a leader in the housing policy field.
  • Build and maintain relationships with public officials, private-sector stakeholders, and community groups, and solicit feedback to inform future research and policy work.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the Center’s key events, including policy breakfasts, webinar briefings, symposia, and roundtables.
  • Represent the NYU Furman Center as a public-facing spokesperson for panels, presentations, and in the media.
  • Participate in the development of research proposals and fundraising strategy in coordination with Directors.

Qualifications:  A J.D., master’s degree in Public Policy/Administration, or an advanced degree in an equivalent field. Minimum of five years of relevant experience preferred, including management experience and a concentration in at least one of the following areas: urban policy, affordable housing, land use, or real estate. Strong writing and communication skills and ability to present quantitative findings are required. The candidate should also have strong organizational, analytical, and project-management abilities; and be comfortable working on a team. Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal housing programs or land use strongly preferred.
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, writing sample, law/grad school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Policy Director 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. 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 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. 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 that 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 (unofficial copies are acceptable), 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). 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.

Spring 2018
The Furman Center is currently hiring legal research assistants for the spring semester to work on a project studying eviction in New York City Housing Court. The project involves conducting interviews with tenants facing eviction in Brooklyn Housing Court to learn about their experiences in court, their housing history, and their understanding of legal systems related to their cases. We are currently looking for legal RAs to work on the review and classification of tenant interview transcripts. RAs will be tasked with reading the transcripts and “coding” the interviewees’ responses to questions. RAs will also review interviewees’ settlement documents and assess their understanding of the settlement terms based on their interview responses.

Legal RAs will have the opportunity to work closely with the dynamic Furman Center interdisciplinary team leading this project, whose members have backgrounds in law, sociology, and social work. Ideal candidates exhibit an interest in or passion for housing, urban policy, and/or poverty law.

RAs will be expected to work at least five hours per week.

Summer 2018
Part-time and full-time summer RA positions are also available. Summer 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:

  • 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 “Spring Legal RA Application” or "Summer Legal RA Application." Please indicate your expected availability for spring/summer.

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 spring and summer 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 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.