NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service — Director, The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management + Clinical Faculty Position / Open Rank


The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, established in 1996, explores current and emerging challenges in transportation and infrastructure. The Center is dedicated to:

  • Creating and disseminating new ideas in transportation policy and planning that will foster economic development and opportunity in a sustainable and just society;
  • Providing independent research, data and analysis on public policies related to transportation and infrastructure in the New York Metropolitan Region and other urban areas.
  • Convening public discussion involving industry leaders, elected and appointed officials, advocates, scholars, and students about critical issues in transportation, infrastructure and economic development.

Current and past research at the Center is focused on issues such as economic mobility and access to transportation, the pink tax on mobility, transit finance and legalization of cannabis, bike and scooter sharing, the role of mobile communications in mobility, autonomous vehicles in NYC, public transit and the transmission of COVID-19, super commuters, and transportation during disasters.

In order to generate ideas and foster debate, the Center brings together leading scholars and practitioners through conferences and forums that address public policy issues facing large metropolitan regions. Recent events have included an annual Excellence in Transportation Breakfast, dialogue with US DOT secretary Pete Buttigieg, panel events on issues like MTA’s bus network redesign, for-hire vehicles and disability, micromobility, etc.

In addition, the Rudin Center works closely with public officials and civic groups, hosts a fellowship program for emerging leaders in transportation, serves as a key information source to local/national media press and public hearings, and advises local governments on pressing transportation issues, such as the recent blizzard catastrophe in Buffalo.

The Rudin Center has a small endowment and raises, on average, $575,000 dollars per year through corporate donations, research grants etc.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibility of the Director include but are not limited to:

  1. Plan, direct and implement the Center’s day-to-day operations in research, education, public engagement, and advising public agencies.
  2. Lead all Rudin Center fundraising efforts from prospect identification through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship including identifying and shepherding new donors and maintaining long-standing ones, as well as planning and executing fundraising events.
  3. Lead a high-performance team of grad students, visiting scholars, and research scientists
  4. Develop new programs/initiatives to enhance the Center’s influence and impact;
  5. Create and maintain strong relationships with public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private firms;
  6. Work closely with the Dean and faculty of NYU Wagner to develop and implement the mission and strategy for the Center;
  7. Represent the Center locally, regionally, and nationally–at public and private events, public hearings, panels, and civic activities.
  8. Collaborate with the University’s academic programs, faculty, students, and staff.
  9. Engage the Center in productive relationships across racial, economic, ethnic, and geographic differences to expand its impact as a leading university-based transportation
  10. A member of Wagner’s full-time faculty, the Director is expected to teach at least one class per semester and participate fully in all faculty meetings and related activity.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is USD $165,000 to USD $235,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.


  1. Evidence of collaboration with scholars, students, public and non-profit organizations.
  2. An understanding and record of raising funds from public, non-profit and private sources.
  3. Strong communication skills with print and electronic media and experience developing an organizational presence in multiple media.
  4. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to https://apply.interfolio.com/120740 and submit the following:

  • A cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position;
  • A current full CV;
  • 3 reference names.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2023; we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.