Data Coordinator, Research & Evaluation for the Division of Housing Policy

Organization: The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

Posted: August 3, 2023 | Closing: August 4, 2023

Job Description


Data Coordinator, Research & Evaluation for the Division of Housing Policy

About the Agency:


The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) promotes quality and affordability in the city’s housing, and diversity and strength in the city’s neighborhoods because every New Yorker deserves a safe, affordable place to live in a neighborhood they love.

• We maintain building and resident safety and health
• We create opportunities for New Yorkers through housing affordability
• We engage New Yorkers to build and sustain neighborhood strength and diversity.

HPD is entrusted with fulfilling these objectives through the goals and strategies of “Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness,” Mayor Adams’ comprehensive housing framework. To support this important work, the administration has committed $5 billion in new capital funding, bringing the 10-year planned investment in housing to $22 billion—the largest in the city’s history. This investment, coupled with a commitment to reduce administrative and regulatory barriers, is a multi-pronged strategy to tackle New York City’s complex housing crisis, by addressing homelessness and housing instability, promoting economic stability and mobility, increasing homeownership opportunities, improving health and safety, and increasing opportunities for equitable growth.


The Office of Policy and Strategy (OPS) leverages its expertise to guide and support HPD and its many Offices in their efforts to deepen their impact, optimize their efficiency, and become more data-driven, compliance-attentive, climate-adaptive, and mission-focused.  The Division of Housing Policy (DHP) conducts rigorous policy analysis, data analysis, research, and evaluation to promote sound and equitable housing policy to advance HPD’s mission in service of all New Yorkers. DHP analyzes proposed legislation, develops new policy and programs, supports efforts to reform existing policy and programs, and conducts long-term research. DHP is a fast-paced, engaged, and ambitious team at the intersection of many of the most important policy issues impacting New York City. . Within DHP, the Research & Evaluation team (R&E) conducts rigorous statistical analyses, large scale surveys, and evaluations of agency programming to support new knowledge and help refine practices related to the housing stock, population, and communities we serve. R&E leverages resources within and across the traditional divides of government and academia to facilitate the collection of high-quality data and promote multi-disciplinary approaches to housing policy research. Its research produces methodologically sound findings to shape effective policy and programming and promote data-driven policymaking in New York City and beyond.

R&E recently launched the Center for Research on Housing Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity (HOME), which conducts independent analysis of policy-relevant topics related to these key topics. This research center includes partnerships with other academic and government researchers with the aim of creating sound, relevant research evidence on housing as both a source of disparities and a means for achieving greater equity for all New Yorkers.

The Data Coordinator will work closely with other R&E staff on a continual and as-needed basis to compile and maintain datasets relevant to the team’s work, included relating to the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS), a longitudinal survey of the NYC housing stock and population conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau under contract from HPD.  The Data Coordinator will be responsible for managing current administrative and survey data assets as well as acquiring and ingesting new data to advance R&E’s mission.

  • Specifically, the Data Coordinator will do the following: Coordinate with researchers, including R&E and outside partners, to identify potential datasets and scope data-sharing agreements;
  • Guide decision-making regarding the use of administrative records for research purposes and future approaches for improved use;
  • Maintain schedules and systems for updating data warehouse as new versions of current data become available;
  • Harmonize and linking current datasets to increase their usefulness, including geocoding and restructuring of large, complex data sets;
  • Work with data in the Survey Sponsor Data Center (SSDC) environment to improve linkages and matches between NYC-specific data and protected Census data, including NYCHVS survey responses;
  • Develop new techniques to improve match rates among data sets with missing or inconsistent identifiers;
  • Engage with data owners to improve understanding of data sources, coding, and potential threats to validity;
  • Produce documentation of data processing and analytic data sets to support R&E’s use;
  • Support analytic projects by providing relevant cleaned and prepared datasets.


Preferred skills

The ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Experience managing and manipulating administrative data;
  • Mastery of statistical software such as SAS, Stata, or R and a willingness to learn additional languages;
  • Strong research ethics and a commitment to conducting research with the goal of improving public policy;
  • Interest in improving survey data using administrative records;
  • Ability to learn independently and think and work collaboratively;
  • Exceptional communication, teamwork and relationship-building skills; and
  • Dedication to public service.


The Data Coordinator will be required to undergo a background check with the U.S. Census Bureau to acquire Special Sworn Status to work with protected Title 13 data in the NYCHVS SSDC. The Data Coordinator will be responsible for working with confidential and sensitive data and must adhere to strict data privacy procedures, including working with other team members to reduce the risk of re-identification and disclosure.

We serve New York City best, when our team mirrors the diversity and varied strengths of the population we serve. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Minimum Qualification Requirements 

  1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

  1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.


Probationary Period

Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

How to Apply:



Please go online and apply at .  Search for JOB ID# 591871


City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at  Search for JOB ID# 591871


Salary range for this position is: $92,301-$106,146

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


NYC residency required

How to Apply

Please go online and apply at . Search for JOB ID# 591871


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