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. Housing Solutions Lab Research Director (updated September 2021)

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

  4. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  5. Post-Doctoral Researcher (accepting applications on a rolling basis) 

  6. Graduate Research Assistant - Data (accepting applications on a rolling basis) 

  7. Graduate Student Researcher: Policy and Communications

 

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.

 

 

2. Housing Solutions Lab Research Director

The NYU Furman Center seeks a Research Director to lead the research activities for a new initiative launched in June 2021, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab (Lab) works with cities across the country to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate promising local housing policies. With a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of roughly 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. 

The Research Director will help build and lead the Housing Solutions Lab’s research agenda and ensure the rigor, integrity, and quality of all research activities. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and entrepreneurial researcher with expertise in housing and homelessness policy and programs. This role requires expertise in quantitative research design and methodologies and may also include opportunities for mixed-methods and qualitative research.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with faculty and leadership to build a portfolio of research and evaluation projects for the Housing Solutions Lab 
  • Leads the identification and design of research projects in small and midsize cities
  • Engages with city stakeholders on research and evaluation design/implementation
  • Oversees the development of research and data agreements with cities
  • Manages all research activities including project design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of research findings
  • Leads the dissemination of research findings through publications, policy briefs, and presentations  
  • Collaborates with Lab leadership to hire, train and supervise research staff, fellows, and graduate students
  • Maintains effective communication and coordination with leadership staff and faculty
  • Contributes to the Lab’s leadership team

Qualifications:
Required

  • Doctoral degree in relevant field (e.g. Public Policy, Urban Planning, Economics) and minimum of 5 years of research experience in an academic, policy, or government environment. Candidates with a master’s degree in a relevant field and 10+ years of research experience will also be considered.
  • Experience with and/or interest in conducting evidence-based policy design and research
  • Experience working with large data sets and knowledge of statistical software, including (e.g., R, SAS, Stata, and SPSS)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with internal teams and external partners
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Interest in/or experience with interdisciplinary research

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, a publication sample, and salary requirements. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Housing Solutions Lab Research Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy 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; 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 of 2022. The position comes with a salary of $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 in January of 2022. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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.

 

5. Post-Doctoral Researcher

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University 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. Fellowships typically last two years and may begin fall, or as early as summer 2022. 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. 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. Note, this position is considered a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and 3 reference letters. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Post-Doc Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

6. Graduate Research Assistant - 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 looking to fill openings for the spring 2022 cohort. 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.

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. 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.

The daily tasks of graduate research assistants 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.

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. 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. To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application - Data” 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. Portfolio of relevant web-based, programming, or data visualization work as well as code samples if available (not required).

 

7. 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 January/spring 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. 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 Policy and Planning Manager.

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 summer 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)

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