Director, Research and Analytics


Vital City provides practical solutions, deeply rooted in research and evidence, to urban problems, particularly public safety. These ideas are presented in a policy journal, original research, public convenings and more. We seek to bring to life the best ideas about how New York and other cities can be healthy, vibrant and safe, aiming to make these solutions — and the facts behind them — accessible to all, as knowledge and debate are the cornerstones of a strong democracy. The ideas we publish come from a variety of sources, and reflect thinking across a broad political spectrum. What ties the ideas together is a commitment to the best of the liberal democratic tradition: belief in progress, a dedication to the collective work of changing society for the better and a commitment to humility, curiosity and empiricism.

Vital City is looking for a Director of Research and Analytics. As part of our leadership team, the Director will help launch into the public sphere ideas and evidence to improve civic life, and will help develop the ideas and data behind our regular publications. We are seeking a curious, open-minded, creative, energetic, entrepreneurial and collegial person to develop this key piece of the venture. The ideal candidate is someone who is familiar with crime and justice in New York City and other places, skilled in using data and research to improve urban life and attuned to the variations in the quality of evidence and data. Because Vital City is focused on providing timely and useful information to policy makers and the public, the candidate must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and using the best data available, which is often neither perfect nor complete.


The Director will be responsible for developing three areas of activity:

Skills and Qualifications


Technical skills

Professional skills

Vital City is a new enterprise in the process of developing its systems and infrastructure. We are looking for someone who will be comfortable (and good-humored) working in our dynamic environment.

To Apply

You are strongly encouraged to read Vital City's publications before applying.

Please send the following to with “Research Director” in the subject line:

Application period will close on May 6, 2024.

Location: Remote, though residency in New York City is preferred 

Salary range: $120,000-160,000, commensurate with experience and location

Vital City is an equal-opportunity employer. It is operated as a project of the Fund for the City of New York, which serves as Vital City’s fiscal sponsor.