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. Housing Solutions Lab Director (updated March 2020)

  2. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications for Fall 2020)

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


1. Housing Solutions Lab Director

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center seeks a Director to lead a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab will work with small and mid-sized city leaders to identify, test, and help scale promising local housing policies. The Lab Director will be responsible for planning and implementing this new initiative which will include: developing and managing external partnerships, directing and delegating research and other project activities, providing policy expertise to develop content and activities, supervising staff, overseeing the project budget, and launching and leading the day-to-day work of the Housing Solutions Lab. The Director will be a leader, responsible for achieving the overall goals and deliverables of a significant and new initiative.

Primary Responsibilities:
Leadership and Management

  • Provides overall leadership for the initiative to achieve its core objectives, including the design and launch of a Housing Solutions Lab that will help small and mid-sized cities to design and test promising housing strategies.
  • Manages day to day operations of all aspects of the program including oversight of the initiative’s activities, staffing, deliverables, external relationships, and budget.
  • Oversees content development and dissemination activities for website
  • Supervises one project manager, along with a set of graduate student research assistants, that work together to develop and implement an overall project work plan consistent with the project’s goals
  • Regularly communicates project activities and progress with the Furman Center team, including: faculty, leadership, and staff
  • Works with the Furman Center Executive Director to delegate and coordinate project staffing.
  • Works with Faculty Directors to create a Housing Solutions Lab that aims to bring cutting edge, evidence-based housing solutions to the leaders of small and mid-sized cities.

Relationship Building and Outreach

  • Identifies and maintains relationships with key partners and stakeholders around the nation, including: local government policy-makers; researchers; community-based organizations; practitioners; and housing advocates
  • Builds, maintains, and capitalizes on relationships with a small advisory group of select individuals and organizations that helps guide the project
  • Represents the project in external settings with partners, funders, and the public
  • Develops a learning community of city officials and other stakeholders that fosters peer learning on research and housing policy issues, with an eye towards advancing innovation
  • Helps lead and facilitate in-person and virtual convenings of project stakeholders
  • Prioritizes inclusion of diverse partners and perspectives in relationship building and project activities


  • Works with the Furman Center Director of External Affairs to implement all communications activities for the project
  • Leads and contributes to development of major events, publications, and other public facing materials

Research and Project Management

  • Leads and contributes to background research for various components of the project
  • Prioritizes the organizing, building, and maintaining of relationships with a set of academic researchers that partner with the Housing Solutions Lab



  • 7+ years work experience, including experience overseeing the planning and launch of large-scale initiatives related to urban planning, affordable housing, community development, or economic development
  • Management of staff in an academic, think tank, government, or non-profit environment
  • Experience with and/or understanding of local policymaking and federal housing programs
  • Experience with conducting and/or using research evaluating the efficacy of public policies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with and commitment to leading inclusive and collaborative processes that engage diverse people and perspectives
  • A deep understanding of policy research
  • Experience with building relationships and working with policy makers, researchers, community-based organizations, and philanthropic entities


  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. law, public policy, urban planning, economics).


To Apply:  Applicants should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line "Housing Solutions Lab Director." Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample
  4. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  5. List of 3 references
  6. Salary requirements


2. Legal Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) for spring and summer 2020. 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 for fall 2019 to work on a suite of projects related to rent regulation, the assignment of counsel to tenants facing eviction, and other tenant protections such as just cause eviction statutes, housing code enforcement, and anti-displacement strategies. RAs will be tasked with case law, statutory, and regulatory research related to these issues, helping to draft model laws, and tracking recent developments in relevant landlord-tenant laws across jurisdictions.

RAs also will work on a variety of projects relating to gentrification, including (depending upon a pending grant application), questions about how best to coordinate efforts to integrate both neighborhoods and local schools as neighborhoods gentrify. 

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, depending on the circumstances. 

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.


3. 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 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 2020. 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.


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