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 Peer Cities Manager  (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  2. Housing Solutions Lab Technical Assistance Manager (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  3. Housing Solutions Lab Research and Data Analyst (updated March 2021)

  4. Graduate Student Researcher - Fundraising and Communications (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  5. Graduate Student Researcher - Data (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  6. Graduate Student Researcher - Policy and Communications  (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

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

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

 

1. Housing Solutions Lab Peer Cities Manager


The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a Peer Cities Manager to join the Housing Solutions Lab (Lab). Launched in June 2021, the Lab works with cities to design, plan, and evaluate evidence-based local housing policies that advance racial equity; increase access to opportunity; and improve long-term health and well-being for residents. The Lab serves cities of all sizes, with a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of 50,000-500,000). The Manager will play a key role in the Lab’s work to foster shared learning and policy innovation among city leaders, through peer city networks and training programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and manage all activities for the Lab’s peer city networks of local housing policy leaders
  • Lead the planning of monthly meetings, workgroups and special sessions, including coordination of meeting agendas, preparation of policy content and materials, and communications with members
  • Ensure completion of tasks between meetings and timely follow up with network members
  • Manage all elements of a virtual learning institute including relationship management with partner organizations, execution of training activities, and participant engagement
  • Collaborate with Lab technical assistance staff to respond to city requests
  • Contribute to the development of Lab policy products to disseminate best practices and key learnings
  • Collaborate with consultants and Lab staff to maintain online policy resources
  • Assist with grant reporting and communications with funders
  • Supervision of graduate student research assistants

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of project management experience
  • Experience building relationships with external partners (e.g., nonprofit organizations, government officials, and other stakeholders)
  • Policy knowledge related to affordable housing, urban planning, or community development
  • Excellent diplomacy, relationship management, and communication skills
  • Ability to plan strategically and manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy
  • A Master’s degree in Public Policy/Public Administration/Urban Planning, or an equivalent field. Additional years of work experience will be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Lab Peer Cities Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

2. Housing Solutions Lab Technical Assistance Manager

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a Technical Assistance Manager to join the Housing Solutions Lab (Lab). Launched in June 2021, the Housing Solutions Lab works with cities to design, plan, and evaluate evidence-based local housing policies that advance racial equity; increase access to opportunity; and improve long-term health and well-being for residents. The Lab serves cities of all sizes, with a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of 50,000-500,000).

The Technical Assistance Manager will work closely with the Lab's multidisciplinary leadership team to develop and implement the Lab's overall technical assistance strategy to help cities address their local housing policy challenges. TA engagements will support cities' efforts on a range of housing policy topics, including meaningfully engaging community members in policy and program design; designing and implementing policies that increase the availability of safe, affordable housing; and tracking and evaluating the success of housing policy initiatives.

Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with the Housing Solutions Lab Executive Director. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the Housing Solutions Lab’s technical assistance strategy
  • Engage with city stakeholders to identify their technical assistance needs and priorities
  • Build, maintain, and work with the Lab’s TA Provider Network of local and national organizations, which provide direct assistance to cities through one-on-one assistance and engagements with networks of cities
  • Refer technical assistance requests from city stakeholders to Lab TA providers
  • Monitor and document technical assistance referrals and outcomes
  • Collaborate with Lab team members to plan and implement trainings and webinars
  • Contribute to the development of Lab policy products to disseminate best practices and key learnings

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

  • 3+ years of professional work experience, including experience building relationships with external partners (e.g., nonprofit organizations, government officials, and other stakeholders)
  • Experience with or interest in the provision of technical assistance and training
  • Policy knowledge related to affordable housing, urban planning, or community development
  • Excellent diplomacy, relationship management, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity in public policy
  • A Master’s degree in Public Policy/Public Administration/Urban Planning, or an equivalent field.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Lab Technical Assistance Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

3. Housing Solutions Lab Research and Data Analyst

The NYU Furman Center seeks a full-time Research and Data Analyst for a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab (Lab) will work with cities across the country to plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate promising local housing policies. With a focus on small and midsize cities (those with populations of 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 and Data Analyst will work closely with our dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners to perform quantitative analyses that address important and timely policy issues. 

Primary Responsibilities

Policy research and analysis

  • Assists with program/policy design for the purposes of research/evaluation
  • Analyzes Census, other publicly available datasets, administrative and proprietary data to produce analyses relevant for small and midsize cities, and collaborates with team members to write and edit documents that disseminate findings (blogs, data briefs, social media content, etc.)
  • Monitors the national housing policy landscape for issues and trends in small and midsize cities, especially for reports and research related to housing issues
  • Participates in national working groups that collectively focus on housing policy, specifically on data and research opportunities and issues

Data management and communication

  • Helps generate ideas for rigorous program evaluations of local housing and land use policies and programs
  • Assists with the identification of cities for the Lab to partner with on important data projects
  • Collaborates with team members to respond to Technical Assistance requests 
  • Assists with execution of data and research agreements, memorandums of understanding, and other important privacy measures to help facilitate data collection with local jurisdictions

Minimum Qualifications: An advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, applied statistics, data science, or a related field, plus strong quantitative data analysis skills. The candidate must demonstrate strong data analysis skills, organizational and project management ability, analytical thinking, and ability to communicate quantitative findings and complex concepts in writing and orally. The candidate must be comfortable working on a team and must have ability to multitask, respond to shifting priorities, and meet strict deadlines. The candidate should have knowledge of at least one statistical or mathematical software package and be willing to learn R.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and list of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected] Please include “Research and Data Analyst” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

4. Graduate Student Researcher - Fundraising 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 2021. 

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: researching funding prospects, supporting grant proposals and management, tracking contributions, managing and updating databases, assisting with website updates, and developing communications such as blogs, newsletters, press releases, and social media content. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong Microsoft Office skills, time management and organizational skills, and excellent writing ability with attention to detail. 

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

  • Strong writing skills
  • Background or interest in fundraising
  • Salesforce or similar contact management platform
  • Mailchimp or other email systems 
  • PowerPoint and presentation development
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Development of communications materials (social media content, blogs, presentations, fact sheets)

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 summer. 

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

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

  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)

 

5. 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 summer and fall 2021. 

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, and programming.

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

  • Statistical programming: Stata, SAS, R, or similar
  • General programming: SQL, Python, Ruby, Perl, or similar
  • Web programming: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • 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 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 summer. 

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.” 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, programming, or data visualization work (not required)

 

6. 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 summer and fall 2021.

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. 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.  This is a remote work opportunity; our office expects to operate primarily by telework at least through the summer. 

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)

 

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 immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. 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.

 

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