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. State Housing and Land Use Policy Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

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

  3. Graduate Student Researcher - Policy and Communications (accepting applications for fall 2024)

  4. Graduate Student Researcher - Data (accepting applications for fall 2024)

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

  6. Undergraduate Office Assistant (accepting applications for summer 2024)

  7. Undergraduate Data Assistant (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

 

1. State Housing and Land Use Policy Fellow

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a two-year State Housing and Land Use Policy Fellowship. The Fellow will be a senior-level position working closely with the Furman Center and Housing Solutions Lab’s leadership and research, law, policy, and communications teams. The Fellow will be responsible for launching and managing all aspects of a new body of work related to state housing and land use policy, with the goal of creating a repository of rigorous housing policy research and guidance for a national audience of state and local-level policymakers, practitioners, advocates, and researchers. The Fellow will report directly to Prof. Vicki Been, faculty director at the NYU Furman Center. 

Responsibilities:

Working closely with NYU Furman Center and Housing Solutions Lab leadership, and with the support of research and administrative staff, the Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Assembling a comprehensive inventory of state housing policy laws with the potential to increase local housing supply and improve legal protections for renters.
  • Overseeing the design and launch of a publicly-accessible online repository of laws on the Furman Center’s website. 
  • Developing a set of publications and policy guidance for state and local housing policymaker audiences that compare, describe, and assess different approaches to housing policy issues from different regional and market contexts. Topics may include, for example, lessons from states that have had some form of “Builder’s Remedy” or policy briefs examining various approaches to implementing ADUs, transit-oriented development, or “gentle density” policies. 
  • Drafting model legislation that builds on the analyses of examples drawn from across the nation.
  • Leading outreach to established organizations nationally that support state and local policymakers, advocates, and the media, to identify ways the Furman Center’s housing policy inventory and related resources can inform their networks. 
  • Launching an advisory group of national housing and land use policy researchers and stakeholders, to inform our research agenda and provide input on the design and usability of the policy inventory.
  • Managing graduate and law student research assistants assigned to assemble, code, and catalog state laws. 
  • The Fellow will have access to NYU Law and Wagner Graduate School policy students for research and logistical support, and to the array of Furman Center research, data, policy, and communications resources. 

Qualifications: 

  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. Law, Public Policy, Urban Planning). 
  • 5+ years professional experience researching housing in an academic, policy, or government environment; legislative experience is preferred. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills and experience managing staff and complex projects.
  • Experience with and/or interest in advancing 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy.

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


In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $90,000-110,000. 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, resume/CV, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references. Send application materials and questions to furmanjobs@nyu.edu. Please include “State Housing and Land Use Policy Fellow” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

 

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/summer of 2024. In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $72,000 - $72,000. 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 furmanjobs@nyu.edu. 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. 

3. 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 currently accepting applications for Fall 2024. 

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.  

The NYU Furman Center is also home to the Housing Solutions Lab (Lab), which helps small and midsize cities plan, launch, and evaluate evidence-based local housing policies that advance racial equity; increase access to opportunity; and improve long-term health and wellbeing for residents. In addition to contributing to the NYU Furman Center’s work, graduate student researchers also have the opportunity to work on tasks that advance the Lab’s 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, elevating the Furman Center’s communications strategy through writing policy stories and creating data-driven interactives, drafting timely press releases, and optimizing social media and email content to build meaningful housing and urban policy dialogue. Responsibilities may also include assisting with media relations, attending policy discussions pertinent to the current debate, and planning Furman Center-led policy 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 and legislative tracking and analysis
  • Project management and organization
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Connecting data and policy research with current policy debate
  • Translating complex subjects across mediums, including policy threads and other forms of storytelling
  • Producing policy stories, engaging social media content, presentations, and 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 may work up to 35 hours/week during summer and holiday breaks and must commit 15-20 hours per week during the school year and. 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 Peer Cities Manager, the Director of External Affairs, the Director of Data and Policy, or another designated full-time staff member of the Furman Center and its Housing Solutions Lab.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for student employment positions are $16 per hour for undergraduate and Law students and $29.00 per hour for graduate students. The hourly rate for graduate employees is based on the collective bargaining agreement with Local 2110.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to furmanjobs@nyu.edu 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.

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 2024. 

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, academic research seminars, and alumni networking opportunities. We believe that an in-depth understanding of data and its context is a fundamental skill set for evidence-based policymaking, and we provide learning opportunities to that end through day-to-day data work at the Furman Center.

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: data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, quantitative analysis, data visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, and programming. We anticipate at least 50-60% of the time of this position to be exploratory data work and data cleaning.

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

  • General programming: R, Python, Stata, or similar
  • Database querying: SQL, or similar
  • Web programming: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Microsoft Excel
  • 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 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.

Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit 15-20 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 their direct supervisor: either a Data and Policy/Research Analyst, the Director of Data and Policy, or another designated full-time staff member of the Furman Center.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for student employment positions are $16 per hour for undergraduate and Law students and $29.00 per hour for graduate students. The hourly rate for graduate employees is based on the collective bargaining agreement with Local 2110.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to furmanjobs@nyu.edu with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application: Data (Fall 2024).” Please also indicate in your application your fall semester 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. Code sample (required; R code sample is preferred)

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 furmanjobs@nyu.edu 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. Undergraduate Office Assistant

The NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for Summer 2024. Preference will be given to sophomore or junior undergraduates for the 2024-2025 academic year who can start immediately and stay on for the fall 2024 semester, 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 sophomore or junior for the 2024-2025 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 Manager.

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, R), or programming languages (SQL, Python).

Compensation:  
In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for this student employment position is $16 per hour for undergraduate students.

Desired Start Date and Duration:  
This position is for summer 2024 (25-35 hours/week) and the 2024-25 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 25-35 hours/week during summer, and 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) 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 summer 2024, and start date
  • Typing speed (submit PDF or screenshot of 1-minute typing test result from http://www.typingtest.com/)
     

7. Undergraduate Data Assistant

The NYU Furman Center invites applications from NYU undergraduate students for a data assistant position to begin in the 2023-24 Academic Year. 

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 students work on projects that help meet their longer-term academic and career goals. 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. 

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: data cleaning, data documentation, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, mapping, and general programming.

Qualifications and Skills: We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with strong quantitative skills, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a positive attitude. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • Data cleaning skills
  • Statistical programming: R (required), tidyverse (preferred)
  • Data visualization tools (e.g. ggplot/Plotly) 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. Preference will be given to junior undergraduates for the 2023-2024 academic year who can start immediately, but all undergraduate applications will be considered.

This position is for the 2023-24 academic year. There is potential for full- or part-time work during school breaks, as well as to continue for future academic years. Students must be able to commit 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters.  

Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with their direct supervisor.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for student employment positions is $16 per hour for undergraduate students. 

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to furmanjobs@nyu.edu with the subject line “Undergraduate Data Assistant Application.” Please also indicate in your application your summer availability and when you are available to begin working.

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  4. Documentation/Code samples/Portfolio of relevant programming, or data work

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.

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