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 Research and Data Analyst (updated March 2021)

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

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

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

  5. Office Assistant (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

 

1. 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, grad 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 of interest will be contacted.

 

2. 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 summer 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 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)

 

3. 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 spring/summer 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)

 

4. 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 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)

 

5. Office Assistant

The NYU Furman Center seeks an undergraduate student office assistant for summer 2021. Preference will be given to candidates who are available to work during the summer and 2021-2022 academic year.

The office assistant is a critical part of the Furman Center team, managing day-to-day office duties, which include maintaining contact databases and email inbox, tracking expenses, stocking supplies, answering the phone, and assisting with other office needs. In addition, the office assistant helps with preparation for conferences, meetings, events, and special projects such as distributing the Furman Center's annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report.

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.

Qualifications: NYU freshman or sophomore (for the current 2020-2021 academic year); all majors welcome. We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a positive attitude. You must have fast and accurate typing skills (preferably 60+ WPM), familiarity with common software packages, and strong English language skills. It is essential that you can handle sensitive information with confidentiality. Prior office experience is a plus, as is familiarity with contact databases like Salesforce and publication tools like Adobe Creative Suite.

For qualified candidates, additional opportunities may occasionally be available to assist with data analysis and visualization. If this interests you, please also specify experience with MS Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS, HTML, statistical packages (SAS, Stata), or programming languages (SQL, Python).

This position is for summer 2021 (25-35 hours/week) and the 2021-22 academic year (12-20 hours/week). There is potential for full- or part-time work during school breaks, as well as to continue for future academic years. 

Approximate Hours Per Week: Students must be able to commit 25-35 hours/week during summer, and 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters. This is a remote work opportunity; our office is currently teleworking.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Office Assistant Application.”

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Anticipated availability for summer 2021, and start date
  • Typing speed (submit PDF or screenshot of 1-minute typing test result from http://www.typingtest.com/)

 

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