CFRP Careers

Careers at CFRP Child and Family Research Partnership

 

Thank you for your interest in CFRP. The Child and Family Research Partnership is a research center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin committed to bridging academic research and public policy. We conduct rigorous research and evaluation work to advance knowledge, impact policy, and strengthen families. Our research partners and clients include federal, state, and local agencies as well as a variety of non-governmental organizations. CFRP is directed by LBJ School Associate Dean for Academic Strategies and top family policy scholar Dr. Cynthia Osborne.

We are always looking for motivated, passionate professionals who want to make a positive impact in policy through research. To get notifications of our career opportunities, please sign-up for our CFRP Careers Email List. See below for Current Openings.

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Current Openings at CFRP: 

Student positions:

Staff positions:


 

Social Policy Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2020)

Looking to further develop your research and analytic skills outside of the classroom? Passionate about social policy?  Want to work on exciting projects in a fast-paced work environment?

The Child and Family Research Partnership has Social Policy GRA positions available for Summer 2020, including positions with CFRP's new Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. Paid internships are available for students seeking an internship for credit. Please indicate your interest on your application.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Graduate Research Assistants will:

  • Provide research support to faculty and staff researchers
  • Gain valuable research and program evaluation skills working closely with experienced researchers
  • Support and participate in data collection, including instrument design and management
  • Assist with data analysis (highly skilled data managers and analysts should inquire about Data GRA positions)
  • Contribute extensively to writing policy briefs and reports
  • Attend and take quality notes at relevant webinars, meetings, and events
  • Assist with coordination of special events/meetings
  • Other tasks and support as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • UT Graduate student (not limited to LBJ students, but relevant background required)
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Independent and reliable worker with strong work ethic
  • Excellent writing skills – ability to clearly synthesize research and communicate to different audiences
  • Strong analytic and organizational skills
  • Exceptional project management and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Represent CFRP professionally (e.g. tone, attire, language, promptness, etc.) in all communications and meetings
  • Intellectually curious and independently motivated
  • Experience with Stata and/or SAS preferred
  • Spanish fluency a plus

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Summer 2020 appointment: June 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
  • Full time appointment: 30 hours/week
  • Part time appointment: 15-20 hours/week
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Pay rate is $18-$20 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • 3 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for full-time positions
  • Potential to continue in subsequent semesters, depending on quality of work and funding
  • Full-time GRAs are benefits eligible; part-time GRAs are not benefits eligible
  • Independent use of program data must be approved by CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne.  

To be considered for a GRA position, please submit:

Complete application materials should be sent to d.kahikina@austin.utexas.edu. The application deadline is March 27, 2020. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.

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Data Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2020)

Looking to further develop your data management and analytic skills outside of the classroom? Passionate about social policy?  Want exposure to working with raw survey data and large administrative datasets? 

The Child and Family Research Partnership has Data GRA positions available for Summer 2020. Paid internships are available for students seeking an internship for credit. Please indicate your interest on your application.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Data Graduate Research Assistants will:

  • Work closely with data staff to support data management and analysis for CFRP projects
  • Gain valuable program evaluation, data cleaning, data management, and analytic skills working closely with experienced researchers
  • Use Stata to assist with data cleaning, data management, and analysis
  • Gain exposure to working with raw survey data and large relational administrative datasets
  • Other tasks and support as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • UT Graduate student (not limited to LBJ students, but relevant background required)
  • Strong skillset in Stata required
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Experience with data management and manipulation
  • Strong analytic and organizational skills
  • Independent and reliable worker with strong work ethic
  • Represent CFRP professionally (e.g. tone, attire, language, promptness, etc.) in all communications and meetings
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Must be intellectually curious and independently motivated
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Summer 2020 appointment: June 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
  • Full time appointment: 30 hours/week
  • Part time appointment: 15-20 hours/week
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Pay rate is $18-$20 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • 3 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for full-time positions
  • Potential to continue in subsequent semesters, depending on quality of work and funding
  • Full-time GRAs are benefits eligible; part-time GRAs are not benefits eligible
  • Independent use of program data must be approved by CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne.  

To be considered for a GRA position, please submit:

Complete application materials should be sent to d.kahikina@austin.utexas.edu. The application deadline is March 27, 2020. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis to complete a timed exercise in Stata. 

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Research Associate III / State Policy Research Associate (UT post #R_00008702)

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with excellent attention to detail to join our team as State Policy Research Associates at CFRP's new Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. State Policy Research Associates will work with a team of state policy research associates, serve as liaisons to states facilitating the exchange of information on strategies for advancing policy targeting the PN-3 period, and contribute to the development of an annual state policy roadmap.

Specifically, the State Policy Research Associates (III) will:

  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders working in the PN-3 policy space in select states
  • Engage with stakeholders in assigned states to track the development, adoption, and implementation of PN-3 policies
  • Develop expertise on PN-3 policy in assigned states
  • Travel to assigned states to meet with stakeholders
  • Maintain information on state PN-3 policies in a database
  • Work collaboratively with other State Policy Research Associates to identify common themes across states and share information
  • Serve as a resource to states by sharing relevant research and best practices
  • Identify and coordinate collection of state-level data to inform annual PN-3 State Policy Roadmap
  • Contribute to production of annual state-level Policy Roadmaps

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment
  • Able to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment, plus two years of related experience or Bachelor’s degree with four years of experience in the field of assignment. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Work experience in public policy, such as with state legislatures or advocacy organizations
  • Work experience conducting research on topics related to the PN-3 period
  • Experience with database management tools (e.g. Microsoft Access) and Microsoft Excel

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of three references (name, email address, and phone number)

Complete application materials must be submitted through The University of Texas at Austin portal here. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.

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Research Associate IV / Policy Research Associate (UT post #R_00007741)

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with policy expertise in the following areas: maternal health, public benefits and taxes (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, SNAP, EITC), parenting supports, and/or early care and education. The Policy Research Associates will be part of a team of experts at CFRP's new Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center who conduct rigourous reviews of policy research and provide stakeholders with evidence on the most effective strategies for enhancing public policy targeting the critical PN-3 period.

Specifically, the Policy Research Associates will:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in one or more of the following policy areas: maternal health, public benefits and taxes (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, SNAP, EITC), parenting and family supports, and/or early care and education
  • Conduct rigorous reviews of the evidence on policy related to the PN-3 period and serve as an expert on the evidence within CFRP’s Impact Center for a designated policy area
  • Provide stakeholders and partners with evidence to bridge research and practice to support more effective public policy
  • Serve as a resource to state-level policy makers by sharing relevant research and best practices
  • Represent the Impact Center with high-level stakeholders and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, clients, and stakeholders
  • Contribute to production of annual state-level Policy Roadmaps
  • Produce high-quality technical written products for different audiences with limited feedback from supervisor
  • Work with large and raw datasets, including administrative datasets from state agencies and national longitudinal data collected such as Census and Vital Statistics data
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team to develop and implement project plans and timelines, routinely document decisions, and ensure that project deliverables are high-quality and completed on time
  • Demonstrate ownership of project timelines, analysis, and all work products
  • Provide guidance and feedback to student research assistants

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Expertise in one or more of the following policy areas: maternal health, public benefits and taxes (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, SNAP, EITC), parenting and family supports, and/or early care and education
  • Strong analytic skills and sophisticated understanding of research methods used in policy research
  • Exceptional written communications, including the ability to write about research methods for different audiences
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment
  • Able to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment, plus at least three years of related experience 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Work experience in public policy, such as with state legislatures or advocacy organizations
  • Work experience conducting research on topics related to the PN-3 period
  • Experience with database management tools (e.g. Microsoft Access) and Microsoft Excel

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three references (email address and phone number)

Complete application materials must be submitted through The University of Texas at Austin portal here. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. 

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Research Associate IV / State Policy Research Associate (UT post #R_00008701)

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with expertise on prenatal-to-3 policy and management experience to join our team as State Policy Research Associates at CFRP's new Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. State Policy Research Associates will work with a team of state policy research associates, serve as liaisons to states facilitating the exchange of information on strategies for advancing policy targeting the PN-3 period, and contribute to the development of an annual state policy roadmap.

Specifically, the State Policy Research Associates (IV) will:

  • Provide oversight and guidance to other state policy research associates, identifying common themes across states and sharing information
  • Apply expertise on PN-3 policy and develop expertise on assigned states
  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders working in the PN-3 policy space in select states
  • Engage with stakeholders in assigned states to track the development, adoption, and implementation of PN-3 policies
  • Travel to assigned states to meet with stakeholders
  • Maintain information on state PN-3 policies in a database
  • Serve as a resource to states by sharing relevant research and best practices
  • Identify and coordinate collection of state-level data to inform annual PN-3 State Policy Roadmap
  • Contribute to production of annual state-level Policy Roadmaps

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment
  • Able to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment, plus at least three years of related experience 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Work experience in public policy, such as with state legislatures or advocacy organizations
  • Work experience conducting research on topics related to the PN-3 period
  • Experience with database management tools (e.g. Microsoft Access) and Microsoft Excel

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of three references (name, email address, and phone number)

Complete application materials must be submitted through The University of Texas at Austin portal here. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.