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):
Housing Solutions Lab Director (updated December 2020)
Predoctoral Research Fellow (updated January 2021)
Postdoctoral Economics Research Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)
Legal Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)
Undergraduate Student Office Assistant (accepting applications for Spring 2021)
Graduate Student Researcher: Policy/Communications (accepting applications for Spring 2021)
Legal Student Research Assistants (accepting applications for Spring 2021)
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1. Housing Solutions Lab Director
The NYU Furman Center seeks a Director to lead a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab (Lab) will work with cities across the country to plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate promising local housing policies. With a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of 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. Reporting to the Furman Center Executive Director, the Lab Director will be responsible for launching this new initiative, leading daily operations, developing and managing external partnerships, providing policy expertise, and supervising staff. The Director will be a leader and collaborator, responsible for achieving the overall goals and deliverables of a significant new initiative.
This is a grant funded position contingent upon the grant award.
Partnership Development and External Affairs
- Conducts outreach to government officials in small and midsize cities across the country to develop partnerships, seed potential research collaborations, and create long-lasting relationships between the Lab and these local leaders
- Represents the Lab in external settings and helps raise the Lab’s visibility, including serving on panels and other public platforms
- Builds relationships with existing local housing policy networks that would work to inform understanding of research needs and important questions that advance knowledge of housing issues
- Builds, manages, and leverages the Housing Solutions Lab steering committee to help advance the Lab’s mission
- Assists with facilitation of learning communities of city officials from small and midsized cities
- Leads external events including virtual and in-person convenings
- Collaborates with communications staff to develop and coordinate public messaging
Leadership and Management
- Provides overall vision and leadership for the Housing Solutions Lab to achieve its core goals and objectives
- Leads strategic planning and daily operations of all aspects of the Lab including: work plans, staffing, external relationships, and financial management
- Establishes measurable goals, objectives, and metrics for assessing the Lab’s work
- Supervises full-time staff, external consultants and part-time staff as needed
- Maintains effective communication and coordination with Furman Center leadership staff and faculty
- Ensures completion of all Lab deliverables and reporting to the funder
- Monitors policy developments in small and midsize cities to identify emerging issues and opportunities for Lab outreach and potential projects
- Collaborates with Lab staff to respond to city requests for policy information and guidance
- Assists with the identification of key policy challenges among small and midsize cities and opportunities for potential research and/or evaluation
- 7+ years professional experience, including experience leading the planning and launch of a large-scale initiative
- Policy expertise in issues related to urban planning, affordable housing, community development, or economic development
- Experience managing staff in an academic, non-profit, or government environment
- Experience building effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, including with policymakers, community-based organizations, researchers, advocates, and philanthropic entities.
- Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with and managing teams
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy
- Experience with and/or interest in advancing evidence-based policy design and research
- Comfort with examining quantitative research and data analysis
- Experience with policy efforts to promote equity and prioritize community voice
- Existing network of national contacts, particularly in small and midsize cities (including local government stakeholders, practitioners, advocates, and community leaders)
- Experience with or interest in cross-sector approaches to strengthen communities and cities
Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. public policy, public administration, urban planning, law).
To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a list of 3 references, and salary requirements. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Housing Solutions Lab Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
2. Predoctoral Research Fellow
The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a full-time pre-doctoral research fellow 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. Examples of current research projects include: How does access to housing counseling and repayment plans change debt and housing outcomes of residents of affordable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Does receiving housing assistance improve educational and health outcomes for children? What policies and practices increase the ability of recipients of housing vouchers to use those vouchers, particularly in lower-poverty, higher opportunity neighborhoods?
The fellow will work directly with Furman Center faculty directors Ingrid Gould Ellen and Kathy O’Regan as well as others on the 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, conducting 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. The fellowship is an ideal step in preparing for a doctoral program in public policy, economics, or other social sciences.
Qualifications include: Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, 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 July 2021.
To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, 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 of interest will be contacted.
3. Postdoctoral Economics Research Fellow
The NYU Furman Center 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.
Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in Economics, Statistics, 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.
Fellowships typically last two years and may begin fall, or as early as summer 2021.
To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, job market paper and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Postdoctoral Research Fellow” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
4. Legal Fellow
The NYU Furman Center 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; and a number of projects addressing fair housing requirements. 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 summer/fall 2021. The position comes with a salary of approximately $65,000 and a generous array of benefits.
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 of interest will be contacted.
5. Office Assistant
The NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for spring 2021. Preference will be given to candidates who are available to work during the summer and 2021-2022 academic year.
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, 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 New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report. We also plan events throughout the year targeted to our student team, including skill building sessions, research seminars, and alumni networking opportunities. 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.
Qualifications include: NYU sophomore or junior (for the current 2020-2021 academic year); all majors welcome. We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a positive attitude. You must have fast and accurate typing skills (preferably 60+ WPM), familiarity with common software packages, and strong English language skills. It is essential that you can handle sensitive information with confidentiality. Prior office experience is a plus, as is familiarity with contact databases like Salesforce and publication tools like Adobe Creative Suite. For qualified candidates, additional opportunities may occasionally 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).
Students must be able to commit 25-35 hours/week during summer, and 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters. This is a remote work opportunity; our office is currently teleworking.
To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Office Assistant Application.”
- Cover letter
- Unofficial transcript
- Anticipated availability for spring and summer 2021, and start date
- Typing speed (submit PDF or screenshot of 1-minute typing test result from http://www.typingtest.com/)
6. Graduate Student Researcher: Policy & Communications
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 2021.
NYU Furman Center’s mission includes a commitment to train the next generation of urban policy leaders. In furtherance of this commitment, we strive to ensure that graduate students work on projects that help meet their longer-term academic and career goals. 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.
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: conducting policy scans and literature reviews, reviewing and editing policy documents, developing communications such as blogs, press releases, and social media content, assisting with media relations, and planning events.
Qualifications and Skills: Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:
- Research and writing
- Policy tracking and analysis
- Project management and organization
- Pro forma financial modeling for residential development
- Event planning and coordination
- Development of communications materials (social media content, blogs, presentations, fact sheets)
- Mailchimp or other email marketing systems
- PowerPoint and presentation development
- Materials design with Adobe Creative Suite
- Experience with web/digital marketing analytics (i.e. Google Analytics, Hootsuite, etc.)
- Wordpress (HTML knowledge a plus)
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.
Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit 12-20 hours per week during the school year. This is a remote work opportunity; our office expects to operate primarily by telework at least through the fall semester.
To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application: Policy and Communications.” Please also indicate in your application your availability and when you are available to begin working.
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- Writing sample (1-3 pages)
- Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
- Portfolio of relevant web-based, design, or data visualization work (not required)
7. Legal Student Research Assistants
The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) beginning in Spring 2021. 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 code enforcement, rent regulation, and the assignment of counsel to tenants facing eviction. RAs will be tasked, among other responsibilities, with case law, statutory, and regulatory research, helping to draft model legislation, and tracking recent developments in relevant landlord-tenant 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:
- 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 “Law RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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