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Assistant Project Director for Policy, Center for New York City Affairs

The New School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration
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The Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) at The New School/Milano is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Assistant Director for the Center’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Project. This full-time position manages policy research and development, student research assistants, and organizational partnerships. This position reports to the Senior Director for Fiscal and Economic Policy.

CNYCA is an applied policy research organization that works where people’s lives intersect with government and community organizations to illuminate the impact of public policy on the lives of individuals and communities. Our research focuses on rigorous analysis, practical solutions, and provides real-time feedback for policymakers, providers, and communities.

The New York City Covid-19 Economic Recovery Project builds on several reports and policy responses prepared by the Center that have analyzed the unique nature and extent of the worker and business dislocations created by the pandemic and the changing economy. The Recovery Project will continue to monitor the city’s economy and labor market as it reopens, call attention to the deepening economic problems created by long-term unemployment, and work with the workforce development community and policymakers on programmatic and policy solutions responsive to the changing economic landscape. Our work combines economic analysis with actionable policy responses to immediate needs and that address structural issues undergirding racial and economic disparities in the labor market.

This position is funded by and contingent upon external fundraising beyond the first year.


  • Conduct and manage workforce development policy research and development.
  • Coordinate City of New York data coordination project.
  • Develop and maintain organizational partnerships.
  • Prepare written policy reports and make oral presentations.
  • Represent CNYCA at policy forums.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in using SPSS, SAS, Stata or R in large economic data set management and analysis.
  • Ability to apply rigorous analysis to complex issues, including strong quantitative skills and familiarity with using major public data sets.
  • Ability to engage leaders and staff in community based organizations and government agencies.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly and to make oral presentations.
  • Active listener, respectful of the contributions of others.
  • Skilled problem-solver.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in the social sciences or public policy, and at least two years’ experience in a position combining research and policy.
  • Experience in survey research and focus group methods.
  • Familiarity with geo-mapping and/or data visualization.
  • Knowledge of New York City economy and government.

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

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