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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. Office Assistant (posted August 22, 2016)

  2. Data Analyst (posted July 8, 2016)

  3. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for 2016-2017 Academic Year)

  4. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications for fall 2016-2017 Academic Year)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below:

1. Office Assistant

NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for the 2016-17 academic year, with opportunity to begin working this summer.

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 the City 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, junior, or senior (for 2016-17 academic year); all majors welcome. Prior office experience is a plus, as is familiarity with common software packages. 

For qualified candidates, additional opportunities may 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: $12.00/hour  

Desired Start Date and Duration: This position is for the 2016-17 academic year. Potential for full- or part-time work over the summer, as well as to continue for future academic years.  

Approximate Hours Per Week: Students must be able to commit 12-20 hours/week during fall and spring semesters. 

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to furmanjobs@nyu.edu with the subject line “Office Assistant Application.” 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Anticipated availability for fall 2016

New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

2. Data Analyst 

The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Data Analyst. The Data 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 Data Analyst will coordinate data gathering and analysis processes using basic statistical methods and statistical analysis software. Working with multidisciplinary project teams and under the supervision of senior data staff, s/he will also analyze, visualize, and present data for Furman Center publications and online tools. The Data Analyst will contribute to the maintenance of the Furman Center’s data repository. The Data Analyst will be exposed to a diverse range of urban and housing policy issues, and will develop a working expertise in a similarly wide range of indicators, data sources, and tools.

Responsibilities

  • Data management and programming. Manage and develop the Furman Center’s data repository by maintaining data subscriptions and updates; writing scripts, primarily in SAS, to process data and calculate indicators using basic statistical and analytic techniques; updating and maintaining technical documentation; and enforcing data integrity and security standards.Report management and writing. Prepare tables, graphs, maps, other visualizations, and methodologies for Furman Center reports. Assist with the management of report production, including timeline, deliverables, quality control, and staffing.
  • Data requests. Fulfill ad hoc data, training, and technical assistance requests from a wide range of external audiences, including academics and organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  • General technical support and administration. Support the technical needs of the Furman Center, including serving as liaison to the NYU School of Law IT Services, and performing basic hardware and software maintenance. Along with senior data staff, supervise and support research assistants in analysis tasks and their professional development.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in statistics, economics, public policy, urban planning, the social sciences, computer science, or a related field, plus strong quantitative data analysis skills. Candidate must demonstrate solid mathematical ability, 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 or mathematical package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, MATLAB, SciPy/NumPy, Pandas) or computer programming language (e.g., Python, C++, Ruby) is required; expertise in SAS is 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. 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: 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 mastery of long-term project management, particularly for research projects with quantitative and qualitative components, and should have guided direct reports and peers in data analysis tasks. Additional technical experience in relational databases (SQL) and geospatial data management and analysis (Esri ArcGIS) is 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, three references, and work samples (writing, code, and final product). Application materials and questions should be sent to furmanjobs@nyu.edu. Please include “Data Analyst Position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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3. 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 currently hiring for the 2016-17 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. 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)

New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

4. 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.

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. 

Application Procedure: 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 furmanjobs@nyu.edu with the subject line “Legal RA Application” 

New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.