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. Policy and Planning Manager (updated September 2019)

  2. Graduate Student Researcher - Fundraising, Operations, and Events (accepting applications for Fall 2019)

  3. Graduate Student Researchers (accepting applications for Fall 2019)

  4. Legal Research Assistants (accepting applications for Fall 2019/ Spring 2020)

  5. Postdoctoral Economics Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

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

 

 

1. Policy and Planning Manager

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center is seeking a full-time Policy and Planning Manager. This person will advance Furman Center research projects and conduct data analysis for select projects. 

We are looking for a team player with strong project management skills, experience working with quantitative data, and interest in supervising and working with graduate students. This team member will work closely with our multidisciplinary team of economists, urban planners, and legal experts on research projects that address important and timely housing and urban policy issues.  The position reports to the NYU Furman Center’s Policy Director.

Primary Responsibilities: Supervise Graduate Research Assistants and the advancement of Furman Center projects.

  • Advance projects by helping to design them at their inception and project managing their day-to-day tasks.
  • Work with project teams to complete grant applications and deliverables.
  • Develop and implement project work-plans, and supervise analysis necessary to deliver highest-quality work products. Projects will include the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, the Center’s flagship annual neighborhood indicators report, CoreData.nyc, and a number of other Furman Center priority research projects.
  • Perform data analysis for select NYU Furman Center projects.
  • Assist in the drafting of research articles, policy briefs, data briefs, and other written reports of the research team’s analysis.
  • Train and supervise part-time graduate student researchers and monitor their workloads. With direction from the Center’s senior leadership team, allocate project assignments.

 

Qualifications: An advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, applied statistics, data science, or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate strong organizational and project management ability, analytical thinking, data analysis skills, and ability to communicate quantitative findings and complex concepts clearly and concisely in writing and orally. The candidate must be comfortable working on a team and must have the ability to multitask, respond to shifting priorities, and meet strict deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will have knowledge of at least one statistical software package (e.g., R, Python, SAS, Stata) and be willing to learn R. Additional technical experience in relational databases (SQL), geospatial data management and analysis (QGIS, PostGIS, Esri ArcGIS), and open data tools are a plus. The strongest candidates will have a background and interest in housing, land use, cities, and/or 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 here:  http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html.

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

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

 

2. Graduate Student Researcher - Fundraising, Operations, and Events

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 2019, with preference to someone who can start immediately and continue through the 2019-20 academic year. 

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.

The fundraising, operations, and events graduate researcher will research funding prospects, support grant proposals and management, manage and update databases, and coordinate event logistics and special projects for the Center. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong Microsoft Office skills, time management and organizational skills, and excellent writing ability with attention to detail.

All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy). Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit 12-20 hours per week during the school year.   

Please highlight any relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover letter. In particular, we seek candidates with the following experience:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Background or interest in fundraising
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Salesforce or similar contact management platform
  • Mailchimp or other email systems
  • PowerPoint and presentation development
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Web programming
  • Adobe Creative Suite

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

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

 

3. Graduate Student Researchers

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 2019. 

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. Daily tasks may include background research and literature review, policy analysis, communications assistance, data analysis, web development, and event planning. In general, graduate researchers tend to specialize in one of two areas:

  • Communications: Help to promote and advance the work of the NYU Furman Center to the public. Day-to-day duties may include digital communications, policy research and writing, website management, media relations, press releases, data request assistance, and event planning.
  • Data/GIS: Support the Center’s academic and policy research projects with quantitative analysis, data visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, and programming. 

All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy) and must be able to contribute one or more of the skills listed below. Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit 12-20 hours per week during the school year.   

Skill Sets: At the NYU Furman Center, we are looking for people who can help us in the areas listed below; those applicants with one or more of these skill sets should consider applying.

  • Research and policy analysis
  • Legal research skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Event planning and coordination
  • PowerPoint and presentation development
  • GIS and spatial analytics, including ArcGIS
  • 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 for data/GIS positions 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.

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)

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

4. Legal Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center is currently seeking NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs) for fall 2019 and spring 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.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

4. Postdoctoral Economics Fellow

The NYU Furman Center 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 2020.

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:  http://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/Professional-Research-Staff-Code-103.html. Note, this position is considered a Research Scholar at NYU School of Law.

To Apply:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 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 of interest will be contacted.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

5. 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.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.