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Union Square Neighborhood Transformation HUD Planning Grant 

The IEDL at Yale SOM and the Yale Urban Design Workshop are hiring for 2-4 student RA positions, 10 hour per week under the supervision of Professors Kate Cooney (Yale School of Management) and Andrei Harwell (Yale School of Architecture) to work on two research projects connected to the Union Square Neighborhood Transformation HUD Planning Grant, in partnership with Elm City Communities (the city of New Haven’s public housing authority). 

Research Assistants will be engaged in all stages of the research process, including conceptual development, data collection, data analysis, and report compilation. Collaboration with other research assistants, fellows, and community stakeholders will be an important component of the job. 

Specific project descriptions: 

Project #1: Neighborhood Assessment-Creating GIS maps of the focal neighborhood, collecting census data and creating data displays, conducting stakeholder interviews, assisting with community presentations of data, attendance at community meetings.  

Project #2: Resident Assessment-Developing survey protocols, assistance with training and survey implementation, analyzing survey data analysis and creating survey data displays, conducting resident interviews, assisting with community presentations of data, attendance at community meetings.  


Neighborhood Assessment: The ideal candidate will have a strong GIS background, mapping skills, spatial analysis using GIS, census and other secondary data collection experience, creative data display capabilities, and the ability to work independently and solve problems. Candidates should also have strong communication skills and the willingness/ability to produce iterative series of data displays informed by community participatory design principles. 

Resident Assessment: The ideal candidates will have strong interest in learning how to conduct applied survey and interview-based research with vulnerable populations; experience with IRB review and background in survey design and implementation desired but not required; candidates with strong people skills, and technical skills who are interested in learning more about moving data into community facing products designed to facilitate community planning encouraged to apply. Human subjects training preferred.  


Time frame: Interviewing now, start time negotiable, start time no later than January 2024, positions to last through summer with possible extensions into Fall 2024. Hourly rate: $20/hour.  

To apply: Email letter of interest indicating which position you are applying for (Resident Assessment vs Neighborhood Assessment), CV, and any relevant analytic samples by Dec 31, 2023 to elise.barkerlimon@yale.edu