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 Director (updated November 2019)

  2. Housing Solutions Lab Manager (updated November 2019)

  3. Policy and Planning Manager (updated September 2019)

  4. Graduate Student Researcher - Fundraising, Operations, and Events (accepting applications for Fall 2019/ Spring 2020)

  5. Graduate Student Researcher - Data (accepting applications for Fall 2019)

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

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

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

 

 

1. Housing Solutions Lab Director

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center seeks a Director to lead a new initiative, the Housing Solutions Lab. The Housing Solutions Lab will work with small and mid-sized city leaders to identify, test, and help scale promising local housing policies. The Lab Director will be responsible for planning and implementing this new initiative which will include: developing and managing external partnerships, directing and delegating research and other project activities, providing policy expertise to develop content and activities, supervising staff, overseeing the project budget, and launching and leading the day-to-day work of the Housing Solutions Lab. The Director will be a leader, responsible for achieving the overall goals and deliverables of a significant and new initiative.

Primary Responsibilities:
Leadership and Management

  • Provides overall leadership for the initiative to achieve its core objectives, including the design and launch of a Housing Solutions Lab that will help small and mid-sized cities to design and test promising housing strategies.
  • Manages day to day operations of all aspects of the program including oversight of the initiative’s activities, staffing, deliverables, external relationships, and budget.
  • Oversees content development and dissemination activities for Localhousingsolutions.org website
  • Supervises one project manager, along with a set of graduate student research assistants, that work together to develop and implement an overall project work plan consistent with the project’s goals
  • Regularly communicates project activities and progress with the Furman Center team, including: faculty, leadership, and staff
  • Works with the Furman Center Executive Director to delegate and coordinate project staffing.
  • Works with Faculty Directors to create a Housing Solutions Lab that aims to bring cutting edge, evidence-based housing solutions to the leaders of small and mid-sized cities.

Relationship Building and Outreach

  • Identifies and maintains relationships with key partners and stakeholders around the nation, including: local government policy-makers; researchers; community-based organizations; practitioners; and housing advocates
  • Builds, maintains, and capitalizes on relationships with a small advisory group of select individuals and organizations that helps guide the project
  • Represents the project in external settings with partners, funders, and the public
  • Develops a learning community of city officials and other stakeholders that fosters peer learning on research and housing policy issues, with an eye towards advancing innovation
  • Helps lead and facilitate in-person and virtual convenings of project stakeholders
  • Prioritizes inclusion of diverse partners and perspectives in relationship building and project activities

Communications

  • Works with the Furman Center Director of External Affairs to implement all communications activities for the project
  • Leads and contributes to development of major events, publications, and other public facing materials

Research and Project Management

  • Leads and contributes to background research for various components of the project
  • Prioritizes the organizing, building, and maintaining of relationships with a set of academic researchers that partner with the Housing Solutions Lab

Qualifications:

Experience

  • 7+ years work experience, including experience overseeing the planning and launch of large-scale initiatives related to urban planning, affordable housing, community development, or economic development
  • Management of staff in an academic, think tank, government, or non-profit environment
  • Experience with and/or understanding of local policymaking and federal housing programs
  • Experience with conducting and/or using research evaluating the efficacy of public policies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with and commitment to leading inclusive and collaborative processes that engage diverse people and perspectives
  • A deep understanding of policy research
  • Experience with building relationships and working with policy makers, researchers, community-based organizations, and philanthropic entities

Education

  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. law, public policy, urban planning, economics).

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

 

 

2. Housing Solutions Lab Manager

Position Description: The NYU Furman Center seeks a Manager to plan and implement activities of 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. In collaboration with the Housing Solutions Lab Director, this individual will plan and implement all activities of the new initiative. This will include: developing workplans and timelines, planning and executing meetings and public events, conducting policy research and developing website content, identifying some initial city partners and projects, and maintaining relationships with funders and other stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement workplans to ensure timely completion of all initiative activities and deliverables
  • Plan and execute public events, in-person and virtual convenings and meetings
  • Assist with policy research and development of project materials including website content and publications
  • Manage content and processes for the Localhousingsolutions.org website
  • Communicate and coordinate project activities with external partners
  • Manage grant reporting requirements and communications with initiative funders
  • Support relationship building with policy makers, community-based organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders

Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years of project management experience
  • Policy knowledge related to affordable housing, urban planning, community development, or economic development
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics or a related field

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

 

 

 

3. 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.

 

 

4. 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)

 

 

5. 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 still looking to fill openings for the fall 2019 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.   

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)

 

6. 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.

 

 

7. 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.

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8. 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.

 

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