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. Communications Director (posted April 4, 2018)

  2. Senior Research and Policy Analyst (posted March 28, 2018)​

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

  4. Legal Reseach Assistants (accepting applications for Summer 2018)

  5. Graduate Student Researcher - Development, Operations, and Events (accepting applications for Summer 2018)

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

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:

 

1. Communications Director

Position Description:  The Communications Director leads the NYU Furman Center’s brand development and media strategy, and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to communicate the Center’s research to a broad audience. This involves translating and disseminating the Center’s research to key stakeholder audiences—including policymakers, practitioners, media, and the public. The Communications Director leads the strategic thinking about how best to present the Center’s work in new formats and mediums. The Communications Director also serves as brand steward for the organization, and serves as a member of the NYU Furman Center’s leadership team. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Communications Planning: In close concert with the leadership team, develop and implement the NYU Furman Center’s communications strategy, setting goals and monitoring benchmarks related to web presence (including social media) and media relations.
  • Content Strategy, Development, and Management: Manage the organization-wide editorial calendar. Oversee the planning and production of external and internal communications products. Work with others in the organization to build internal and external content for dissemination across various communications platforms. 
  • Media and External Relations: Develop and maintain strong relationships with members of the media focused on urban and housing issues. Serve as key point of contact in pitching, disseminating research through earned media campaigns, and leading proactive and reactive media campaigns. Work with NYU Furman Center Policy Director and project teams to design and implement outreach plans (focused on media, stakeholders, and policymakers) for research projects.
  • Brand Management: Serve as brand steward for the organization, maintaining the NYU Furman Center’s website and style guide. Ensure that all public-facing content—including web, print, and other content—meets the organization’s rigorous quality and design standards. Manage design aspects of NYU Furman Center research projects, including reports, presentations, data visualizations, and website content. 
  • Leadership: Serve on the NYU Furman Center’s leadership team, and supervise/mentor communications/policy staff and graduate students to help implement the Center’s communications work. 

Qualifications: Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, journalism, or related field, and 5 years work experience in communications, external affairs, public relations, or similar positions, or bachelor’s degree and 10 years relevant work experience, required. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to multi-task and problem solve, and strong organizational and team-management skills. 
The ideal candidate will have experience working on housing policy or urban policy issues; deep experience with integrated communications planning, particularly media relations; and comfort communicating complex quantitative findings and legal concepts to a diverse audience.  

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, and list of three references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Communications Director” 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. Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Position Description:  The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Senior Research and Policy Analyst. The Analyst will work closely with our interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners on policy and data projects that address important and timely urban policy issues. The Analyst will also work with our policy and communications teams to identify strategic opportunities to insert our data and research into ongoing public policy debates.

Primary Responsibilities: Staff and help manage policy and data projects; help connect NYU Furman Center research to current policy debates and distribute work to key stakeholders.

  • Conduct research, analysis, and writing for NYU Furman Center research, data, and policy analysis projects.
  • Serve as project manager for select policy and data projects.
  • Assist in translating academic research--including the Center’s legal, data, and quantitative analysis--into materials accessible for non-academic audiences. 
  • Work with the Policy Director and Communications Director to design and implement the NYU Furman Center’s outreach strategies, through use of social media, traditional media, and outreach to stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Help identify and monitor pressing policy discussions and debates--in New York City and nationally--to inform the NYU Furman Center’s research agenda on affordable housing and urban policy issues.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of the Center’s events, including policy breakfasts, webinar briefings, symposia, and roundtables.

Qualifications: A master’s degree in Public Policy/Public Administration/Urban Planning, J.D., an advanced degree in an equivalent field, or a B.A. in a relevant field plus at least 5 years of relevant work experience. The candidate must demonstrate strong analytic thinking, comfort working with data and policy analysis, and be effective at oral and written communication of quantitative findings and complex concepts. The candidate must be comfortable working on a team, demonstrate excellent writing/editing/proofreading capabilities, and have strong organizational and project-management skills.

We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor, strong writing skills, and a curiosity about the world.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience analyzing data using statistical analysis software (e.g. SAS, STATA, R). Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite or other publication tools. These skills are not required, but if you have them please note that in your cover letter. 

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, law/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 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.

 

3. 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: http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html. 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.

 

4. Legal Research Assistants for Summer Landlord-Tenant Law Projects

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). 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 “Summer Landlord-Tenant Law RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability.

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

 

5. Graduate Student Researcher - Development, Operations, and Events (FT/PT Summer)

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 2018, with preference to someone who can start during spring semester and continue in the 2018-19 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 also indicate in your application how soon 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.

 

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 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 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.