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 New Research Partnerships (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  2. Pre-Doctoral Fellow (accepting applications through January 2, 2023, for summer/fall 2023 position start)

  3. Legal Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  4. Post-Doctoral Economics Fellow (accepting applications through early December 2022, for summer/fall 2023 position start)

  5. Legal Student Research Assistants (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  6. Undergraduate Student Data Office Assistant (accepting applications for fall 2022 and spring 2023)

 

1. Director of New Research Partnerships

The NYU Furman Center and its Housing Solutions Lab invite applications for a Director of New Research Partnerships. The Housing Solutions Lab (Lab) works with cities across the country to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate promising local housing policies. With a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of roughly 50,000-500,000), the Lab will help cities to design housing strategies and conduct rigorous evaluations that identify the most effective policies and programs.

The primary responsibility of the Director of New Research Partnerships will be to help develop and launch new research and evaluation projects to be conducted by the NYU Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab in partnership with practitioners and policymakers (local jurisdictions, government agencies, housing providers, non-profit organizations) and other external research partners. Working closely with senior leadership and researchers, this externally-focused role will help identify and recruit partners for research and evaluations of local housing programs and policies. Research and evaluations include administrative data analysis, retrospective evaluations, and testing and piloting new interventions, including through randomized control trials. A component of this role will be to help Furman Center leadership assess and prioritize research and evaluation options based on feasibility, research team and partner capacity, and policy relevance – and help establish when potential projects are ready to implement. The successful applicant will be entrepreneurial and organized, with a mix of housing policy knowledge and excellent problem-solving, communication, and project management skills.

Key responsibilities:

  • Recruit new partners to participate in cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on local governments, Public Housing Authorities, and other stakeholders pursuing policies and programs related to eviction prevention, addressing housing instability, land use reform, housing affordability, and federally assisted housing.
  • Identify and assess new research and evaluation opportunities, including those that would test proposed interventions or examine the effectiveness of initiatives already underway or recently completed.
  • Pursue partnership opportunities by helping design research approaches and secure funding for research and evaluation.
  • Help develop a consistent approach to prioritizing potential research projects that are rigorous, feasible to execute, relevant to urban policymakers, and build the evidence base for effective housing policy.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with new research partners.
  • Negotiate, gain approval, and monitor data agreements with a number of external partners.

Qualifications:
Required

  • Masters degree in relevant field (e.g. Public Policy, Urban Planning, Economics) and minimum of 2 years of research experience in an academic, policy, or government environment. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5+ years of research experience will also be considered.
  • Experience with and/or interest in conducting evidence-based policy design and research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with internal teams and external partners
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Interest in/or experience with interdisciplinary research

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, a publication sample, and salary requirements. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Housing Solutions Lab Director of New Research Partnerships” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $85,000 - $125,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

 

2. Pre-Doctoral Fellow

The NYU Furman Center welcomes applications for a full-time pre-doctoral research fellow position. The NYU 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 fellow will work directly with NYU Furman Center faculty directors Ingrid Gould Ellen and Kathy O’Regan as well as others on the NYU Furman Center’s research team, including full-time research staff and affiliated faculty, current doctoral students, post-doc and legal fellows, and current Master’s students. The fellow will work on academic research projects including policy evaluations with local jurisdictions. Examples of current research projects include: How did eviction practices vary among subsidized housing providers before and during COVID? Do corporate landlords behave differently than non-corporate landlords in the same neighborhoods, such as charging higher rents and filing eviction more frequently? Does receiving housing assistance improve educational and health outcomes for children? What policy reforms increase the ability of recipients of housing vouchers to use those vouchers, particularly in lower-poverty, higher opportunity neighborhoods?

The fellow will conduct a variety of tasks that help prepare them for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, writing up results and editing research papers, and making presentations. The fellow will also be invited to attend various policy and research seminars at the Furman Center and across the university, and will be offered developmental flexibility for attending conferences and other activities that further future attendance to graduate school. The fellowship is an ideal step in preparing for a doctoral program in public policy, economics, or other social science.

Qualifications: Applicants should have strong quantitative and writing skills, and some experience with empirical methods. Research experience is preferred, as is programming experience in Stata, SAS, and/or R. Successful fellows can come from a range of backgrounds and majors, and have varied experience with coding; this position is meant to deepen those skills in a full-time research setting. Fellows ideally work for two years prior to attending graduate school, and would start in summer/fall 2023.  

To Apply: Applications are due by January 2, 2023. Applicants should submit a cover letter; resume; writing sample; names and contact information for two references; and academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable). Send application materials and questions to [email protected]. Please include “Pre-Doc Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The position comes with 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. EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

The NYU Furman Center at New York University invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The NYU 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 legal 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 of and legal issues surrounding mandatory inclusionary zoning; a number of projects addressing fair housing requirements; and an analysis of exclusionary zoning. The Legal 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 in the spring/fall of 2023. In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 - $70,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

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 Fellow” 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 selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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

 

4. Post-Doctoral Economics Fellow

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position. 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 Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. Fellowships typically last two years and may begin fall, or as early as summer 2023.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline; experience working with large data sets; strong econometrics skills; strong oral and written communications skills; strong skills in programming for data analysis (such as in R, Stata, or SAS), and the ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. Interest in housing, real estate, or local public finance are pluses. 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, this position is considered a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Post-Doc Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 - $70,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

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

 

The NYU Furman Center seeks NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). Opportunities are available during the academic year, as well as during winter and summer recesses. 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.

The Center seeks part-time legal RAs to work on projects related to housing law and policy, including rent regulation, fair housing, and the conversion of commercial space into housing post-COVID. RAs may be tasked, among other responsibilities, with case law, statutory, and regulatory research, helping to draft model legislation, and tracking recent developments in relevant housing laws across jurisdictions.

RAs will also have opportunities to participate in brainstorming sessions with the 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 RAs may work remotely. 

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 [email protected] with the subject line “Law RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary at NYU Law School for student employment positions is $15 per hour. 
 

6. Data Office Assistant

The NYU Furman Center seeks an NYU undergraduate student data office assistant for fall 2022. Preference will be given to junior and senior undergraduates for the 2022-2023 academic year who can start immediately, but all undergraduate applications will be considered. NOTE: Only applicants from New York University's Washington Square campus will be considered.

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. At the NYU Furman Center, our work is a reflection of the amazing people that make up our team, and we are committed to fostering a community that values diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy).

Day-to-day activities may include: Manual data entry, data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, helping with software and hardware management. ​​To a limited extent, students may be asked to help with data visualization and general programming.

Qualifications and Skills: Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are encouraged to apply

  • Background in, or Interest in learning urban policy/urban planning/land use
  • R, Stata, SAS, and/or, Microsoft Excel (using formulas and pivot 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 without programming experience should demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude along with proficiency in general-use data applications (Excel, Access, Salesforce, etc.) or experience in quantitative and/or analytical environments. 

There will be instances where the data office assistant will be asked to carry out more administrative tasks. These include day-to-day office duties like maintaining contact databases and email inboxes, tracking expenses, stocking supplies, answering the phone, and assisting with other office needs. In addition, the data office assistant may be asked to help with preparation for conferences, meetings, events, and special projects such as supporting the release of the Furman Center's annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report. 

Performance will be evaluated through weekly formal check-ins with the Data Manager and/or the Program and Operations Coordinator.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary at NYU Law School for student employment positions is $15 per hour.  

Desired Start Date and Duration: This position is for the 2022-23 academic year (12-20 hours/week). There is potential for full- or part-time work during school breaks, as well as to continue for future academic years.  

Approximate Hours Per Week: Students must be able to commit 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters. This is a hybrid work opportunity; students are expected to work at least ⅔ of their hours in-person. Monday and Friday work schedules will be preferred due to office seating capacity. 

To Apply:  Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Data Office Assistant Application.” 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Anticipated availability for fall 2022, and start date
  • Typing speed (submit PDF or screenshot of 1-minute typing test result from http://www.typingtest.com/)

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

 

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