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 Policy Writer (PT) (updated September 2020

  2. Policy Research Fellow (updated August 2020)

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

  4. Graduate Student Researcher: Data (accepting applications for Fall 2020)

  5. Graduate Student Researcher: Policy/Communications (accepting applications for Fall 2020)

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

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1. Housing Solutions Lab Policy Writer (PT)

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center seeks a policy writer for a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab will work with small and mid-sized cities to identify, test, and help scale promising local housing policies. 

The policy writer will draft and edit policy content focused on housing policy issues in small and mid-sized cities. This may include policy briefs, case studies, presentations, and other material for the Local Housing Solutions (LHS) website.


Primary Responsibilities:  

  • Draft policy briefs and case studies for the LHS website.
  • Review and edit policy documents in collaboration with other LHS team members and external consultants.
  • Prepare presentations and/or other outreach materials to disseminate LHS website content.
  • Identify new external resources related to small and mid-sized city housing policy for the LHS website.
  • Identify new external resources related to advancing equity in housing policy for the LHS website. 
  • Assist with revisions to the LHS website as needed.

Qualifications

  • Strong writing and editing skills and the ability to write for diverse audiences including policymakers and practitioners.
  • Policy knowledge related to affordable housing, urban planning, community development, or economic development.
  • Experience and/or interest in advancing equity in housing policy.
  • Advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, or a related field. (Preferred)

This part-time position begins as soon as possible in October 2020, and the writer will have the opportunity to work 15-20 hours per week. 

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, graduate/law school transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Housing Solutions Lab Associate” 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.

 


2. Policy Research Fellow 

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center invites applications for an academic-year post-graduate policy research fellowship focused on research and policy activities for a major new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The fellow will work in collaboration with Furman Center faculty and staff to help identify and inform policies for the Housing Solutions Lab to evaluate in small and mid-sized cities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research, analysis, and writing on local housing policy in small and mid-sized cities
  • Identify cities for the Lab to partner with on research design and evaluation
  • Support relationship development with city officials and other stakeholders in small and mid-sized cities
  • Assist with program design for the purposes of evaluation
  • Analyze census and other national data for small and mid-sized cities to describe unique housing needs in these places

Qualifications:  

  • A doctoral degree or master’s degree in Public Policy/Public Administration/Urban Planning, J.D., an advanced degree in an equivalent field. 
  • Policy knowledge related to affordable housing, urban planning, community development, or economic development
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Comfort working with data and effective at oral and written communication of quantitative findings and complex concepts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience analyzing data using statistical analysis software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS).

This academic-year fellowship begins as soon as possible during fall 2020, and the fellow will have the opportunity to work either a half or full-time schedule. 

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, graduate/law school transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Policy Research Fellowship” 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

4. Graduate Student Researcher: Data

The NYU Furman Center hires enrolled NYU graduate students to work as graduate research assistants on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are accepting applications for fall 2020.

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) and a desire to grow their quantitative skills. 

Day-to-day activities may include: cleaning, analyzing, creating maps and other data visualizations, and documenting the various datasets used by the Center. All graduate student researchers on the data team will learn to use R (data analysis) and SQL (databases) to write code to work with these datasets. Graduate students on our data team locate, clean, and analyze a wide variety of datasets used in academic and policy research and incorporate knowledge of the policy context to understand the data and extract meaningful results for policy-relevant research and analysis.

Qualifications and Skills: While prior experience with coding and data analysis is beneficial, it is not a requirement. Applicants without coding experience should demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude along with proficiency in general-use data applications (Excel, Access, GIS, etc.) or experience in quantitative environments, such as consulting, engineering, or financial management. Applicants with experience in any of the areas listed below should consider applying:

  • Statistical programming: R, Python (pandas, numpy), Stata, SAS, etc.
  • GIS and spatial analytics: QGIS, ArcGIS, PostGIS, Carto, etc.
  • General programming: Python, Ruby, Perl, etc.
  • Databases: SQL, Access, Salesforce, Airtable, etc.
  • Web programming: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, etc.
  • Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, etc.
  • Data visualization technologies: Tableau, Plotly, etc.

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 with or aptitude in these areas, including code samples if applicable.

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. 

Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with the Data Manager.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application: Data.” Please indicate in your application your anticipated availability and when you are available to begin working. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

  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.  Portfolio of relevant web-based, programming, or data visualization work as well as code samples if available (not required)

 

5. 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 fall 2020.

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.

  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)

 

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) during the 2020-21 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 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:

  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.

 

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