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. Finance Manager (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

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

  3. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications for fall 2022)

  4. Graduate Student Researcher - Data (accepting applications for fall 2022)

  5. Graduate Student Researcher - Policy and Communications (accepting applications fall 2022)

  6. Undergraduate Office Assistant (accepting applications for fall 2022)

 

1. Finance Manager

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy invites applications for a Finance Manager position. The Finance Manager is responsible for budget forecasting, financial management, pre- and post-award grants management, and corporate, individual, and advisory board fundraising support at the NYU Furman Center. The position plays an important strategic role at the Center, helping to set fundraising goals, and then developing, implementing, and managing strategies to meet those goals. The Finance Manager will also play a key role in developing strategies related to office management, human resources, as well as other functions that operate at the intersection of finance and Furman Center operations. Additionally, the Finance Manager will supervise Graduate Researchers as needed, and represent the Furman Center in both internal and external contexts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and monitor annual fundraising strategy, including individual & other private donations, as well as foundation grants; oversee collections of private donations
  • Identify and research corporate, foundation and government grant-making opportunities that align with Furman Center strengths and interests
  • Work with Executive Director and NYU School of Law's Budget Team to identify opportunities that constantly improve on fundraising practices; forecast and monitor annual NYU Furman Center budget
  • Allocate funding on biannual basis to appropriate staff, students, Faculty Directors, in accordance with NYU requirements
  • Coordinate with NYU's Office of Sponsored Programs to develop and submit budgets for individual grants
  • Monitor expenses to ensure that accounts and projects are being charged in accordance with budget, and take corrective action when necessary; reconcile expenses quarterly to assist with budgetary forecasting.
  • Oversee purchasing of OTPS costs, including tracking and reconciling OTPS expenses; creation of purchase orders; payment of invoices; approval of team reimbursements; management of ongoing subscription
  • Facilitate procurement of outside vendors, when necessary
  • Manage grant application submissions to foundations, private companies, and other grantors after gaining approval from NYU's Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Manage and report on important grant activities, such as milestone reports, spending down funds, closing out grants, etc.
  • Coordinate grant application process within the Furman Center and with other university offices and track and follow up with submissions; coordinate responses to inquiries and, for successful requests, assist with the contracting process
  • Monitor and track fiscal and programmatic reporting requirements. Provide support for reporting in conjunction with Furman Center and University staff. Maintain records of reports submitted and compliance.

Qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a proven track record in grant management and compliance, financial analysis, and budgeting, very strong writing and communications skills, and impeccable attention to detail. The candidate should have at least three to five years of relevant experience. The candidate should have familiarity with federal regulatory compliance requirements and submission of proposals using electronic research sources, as well as an ability to work well independently and in a group under strict deadlines. Experience with Cayuse, Salesforce, and NYU’s UDWW+ financial reporting system preferred. We are looking for a team player who brings creativity, initiative, and an interest in learning about cities, public policy, and housing.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample. Send application materials and questions to [email protected]. Please include “Finance Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

 

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. The position comes with a salary of $70,000 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 selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

 

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) during the 2021-22 academic year. 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.

 

4. Graduate Student Researcher - Data

The NYU Furman Center hires enrolled NYU graduate students to work as graduate researchers on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022. 


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: quantitative analysis, data visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, database management, utility package development, and general programming.


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

  • Statistical programming: R, Stata, SAS, or similar
  • General programming: SQL, Python, or similar
  • Database management and data pipeline design
  • Data visualization tools (e.g. ggplot/Plotly/matplotlib/Tableau) and fusion tables
  • Web programming: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Microsoft Excel

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, such as consulting, engineering, or financial management.


Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit 12-20 hours per week during the school year and may work up to 35 hours/week during summer and holiday breaks. At this point, we are preparing for students to work hybrid remote/on-site hours. We do not expect for you to work your full 12-20 hours/week from our office, but we do ask that applicants plan to work at least two-thirds of their hours from the office.  
Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with the Policy Research Analyst.


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 your fall availability and when 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.

 

5. Graduate Student Researcher - Policy and 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 Fall 2022.

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 and email content, assisting with media relations, and planning events. In addition, the role may involve contributing to policy and research activities focused on housing issues in small and midsize cities, which may include monitoring the national policy landscape for issues and trends in cities, drafting policy briefs and presentations, and assisting with preparation and follow up of meetings with networks of city officials.

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
  • 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 and may work up to 35 hours/week during summer and holiday breaks. We are currently asking students to work at least two-thirds of their hours in-person at our office; students may choose to work the rest of their hours in-person or remotely. 

Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with the Director of Data and Policy.

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 fall availability and when 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, or data visualization work (not required)

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

 

6. Undergraduate Office Assistant 

The NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for fall 2022. Preference will be given to first-year or sophomore undergraduates for the 2022-2023 academic year who can start immediately, but all undergraduate applications will be considered.

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 supporting the release of the Furman Center's annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods 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 undergraduate student (preference for first-year or sophomore for the current 2022-2023 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 and Mailchimp. 

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

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).

Compensation:  
$15/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.

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

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/sustainability.