Director of Data Operations and Analysis at NYU Furman Center

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Full Time



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New York
New York
United States


Position Description: The Director of Data Operations and Analysis coordinates the NYU Furman Center’s data analysis activities. The Director is responsible for training and supervising a team of two full-time staff and about 10 part-time graduate student researchers; managing the quantitative aspects of research projects, including the design, implementation, and evaluation of documentation, quality control, and data security protocols; and undertaking quantitative analyses for projects. The Director of Data Operations and Analysis will work closely with our dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, urban planners, and policy analysts to conduct research on critical and timely urban policy issues. The Director will help to frame research questions, identify data, natural experiments, or other research opportunities, design appropriate methodologies to efficiently answer the question, perform data analysis, and validate and document the findings. The Director also serves as project manager for several of the Furman Center’s flagship products, such as the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report and

Management & Leadership

  • Manage the NYU Furman Center’s data team operations and workflow for data-oriented projects at the NYU Furman Center.
  • Serve as project manager for quantitative research projects, and design and execute projects from inception to completion of final deliverable. In particular, manage the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, the Center’s flagship annual neighborhood indicators report, and, in addition to other projects.
  • Supervise full-time data staff and part-time graduate researchers, monitor their workloads, and arrange for their technical training. With direction from the Center’s senior leadership team, allocate project assignments.
  • Supervise the Center’s data management activities performed by the Data Manager and junior staff.
  • Maintain the Center’s adherence to data security protocols.
  • Design, implement, and oversee quality control mechanisms for research and data projects. Review quality of quantitative analyses employed in the Center’s products and deliverables.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with civic organizations, companies, and government agencies that have an interest in neighborhood indicators and civic technology. Work with the policy and communications team to refine the Center’s data products to be responsive and useful for a variety of audiences, and present NYU Furman Center findings at external meetings and events.
  • Serve on the NYU Furman Center’s leadership team.

Research and Analysis

  • Assemble and analyze large, complex data sets in support of research projects related to housing, land use, and neighborhood conditions.
  • Draft research findings and methods, and create data visualizations in collaboration with project teams.
  • Advise colleagues on data sources and methodology techniques.
  • Help develop new project ideas, and seek novel data sources that will advance the Center’s research interests.

Minimum Qualifications: An advanced degree in public policy/administration, urban planning, economics, applied statistics, data science, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of quantitative analysis experience and experience with project and personnel management. The candidate must demonstrate leadership, creative problem-solving, effective team-building and mentoring skills, solid mathematical ability, analytic thinking, knowledge of social science research methods, effective oral and written communication, and the ability to successfully manage long-term projects to their completion. The candidate should have advanced knowledge of at least one statistical or mathematical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python (Pandas/SciPy/NumPy)) and be willing to learn R.


Must have ability to multitask, respond to shifting priorities, and meet strict deadlines; comfort working both independently and collaboratively; and strong organizational skills and attention to detail. We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor, a love of numbers, and a curiosity about the world.

Preferred Qualifications: Additional technical experience in relational databases (SQL), geospatial data management and analysis (Esri ArcGIS), and open data tools are a plus. The strongest candidates will have an avid interest in understanding cities, public policy, housing, and land use.

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


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:

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), writing sample, and a work sample (code and final product preferred). Send application materials and questions to Please include “Director of Data Operations and Analysis” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.