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How to Find a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

How to Find a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

David Schachter, NYU Wagner's Associate Dean for Career Services and Experiential Learning, has contributed three chapters to Idealist.org's "Guide to Nonprofit Careers." A valuable source of information and guidance for job seekers who are considering a career in the nonprofit sector, the e-book chapters are: "How to Find a Career or a Nonprofit That is Right for You"; "The Basic Tools of the Job Search: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Marketing Your Distinct Skills"; and "Presenting Yourself Well: Interviews and First Impressions." To read the Idealist guide, please click the link below.

HPD Taps NYU Wagner Graduate to Head New Division of Performance Management and Analytics

HPD Taps NYU Wagner Graduate to Head New Division of Performance Management and Analytics

Meryl Weisman

A graduate of NYU Wagner has been chosen to head a newly established Division of Performance Management and Analytics (PMA) at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this position, Meryl Block Weissman, who joined HPD after earning her Masters of Urban Planning (MUP) at Wagner in 2003, will provide timely, comprehensive data to help the agency make informed decisions.

For the past four years, Ms. Weissman served as HPD's Executive Director of Analytics and Operations, leading a team responsible for the collection, use, and analysis of data, and informing decision-making on resource allocation, program design, and legislative mandates. She played a key role in developing technology-driven operations and performance measurements for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery housing assistance and implementing data solutions for complex housing development projects.

She has also served as Chief of Staff of HPD’s Office of Housing Operations, with program development and assessment responsibilities related to the agency’s Section 8, Alternative Management, Property Management, and Architecture, Construction, and Engineering operations.

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Following September 11th, ICIS collaborated with dozens of institutions to support research on the implications of the attacks on public infrastructure services and the built environment to protect human welfare. Because of the ICIS partnership network (CMS 9728805) with the University of Southern California (USC) and Cornell University, public agency partners, and internationally known infrastructure professionals, ICIS contributed a team on critical infrastructure systems for the proposal for the first Homeland Security Center of Excellence, called the Homeland Security Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. The team won the competition against over 70 other applicants. USC, a long-time ICIS partner, is the lead institution, and NYU Wagner/ICIS will lead the critical infrastructure assessments under the direction of Professor Rae Zimmerman, ICIS Director. The entire center is expected to receive $12 million in funding over the next 3 years, and will develop risk and economic modeling tools for terrorist events, using critical infrastructure as a major application area for those tools.

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