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 policy professor and 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

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Full-Time Staff Position: Data Research Associate (UT job post #: 18-05-24-01-4007)

 

About the Position

The Data Research Associate will be responsible for data management and analysis for the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), a policy research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs directed by Dr. Cynthia Osborne. CFRP partners with state agencies and large non-profit organizations to provide rigorous research that enhances public policy in areas including family supports, early childhood investments, fatherhood, child welfare, and adolescent health.

This is a full-time, temporary position ending August 31, 2019 with the possibility of continued employment depending on business need and continuation of funding.

Job Description:

The Data Research Associate will work with large and raw datasets, including administrative datasets from Texas state agencies and longitudinal survey data collected by CFRP. Data management and analysis work will be performed in Stata.

Specific job duties include:

  • Constructing database architecture, cleaning and organizing data, data management, data documentation, and data analysis
  • Developing data collection procedures
  • Cleaning survey and administrative data
  • Identifying and correcting code problems
  • Interpreting trends and patterns in complex datasets and identifying and implementing appropriate statistical techniques
  • Working collaboratively as part of a team to develop and implement project plans and timelines, routinely documenting decisions, and ensuring that project deliverables are high-quality and completed on time
  • Demonstrating ownership of project timelines, analysis, and all work products
  • Providing guidance and feedback to student research assistants
  • Representing CFRP professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, clients, and stakeholders

Requirements:

  • Strong Stata skills or strong skills in an alternative statistical package with intermediate skills in Stata
  • Experience with data management, data manipulation, and data cleaning
  • Strong analytic skills
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex data 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 working toward a graduate degree in the field of assignment. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment, plus three to five years of related experience, and additional graduate study toward Ph.D. in the field of assignment
  • Strong skills in SQL and SAS coding
  • Interest and focus in public policy, particularly research areas related to CFRP’s work

Working Conditions:

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation and use of manual dexterity.

Apply:

Please submit your application materials (resume, cover letter, and references) through the University of Texas at Austin employment portal here (Posting number 18-05-24-01-4007). Competitive applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager on a rolling basis to complete a Stata exercise.

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Full-Time Staff Position: Research Assistant (UT job post #: 18-05-24-01-4008)

About the Position:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for data collection and research support for the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), a policy research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs directed by Dr. Cynthia Osborne. CFRP partners with state agencies and large non-profit organizations to provide rigorous research that enhances public policy in areas including family supports, early childhood investments, fatherhood, child welfare, and adolescent health.

This is a full-time, temporary position ending August 31, 2019 with the possibility of continued employment depending on business need and continuation of funding.

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will work with the CFRP director and researchers to develop, implement, and manage survey data collection processes. The position will provide the opportunity for hands-on research experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, as well as exposure to program evaluation in multiple social policy areas. May include travel in Austin area to distribute, administer, and/or pick up surveys. 

Specific job duties include:

  • Coordinating focus groups, interviews, and travel for site visits
  • Building surveys online
  • Printing and mailing paper surveys
  • Working with clients to ensure surveys are delivered and administered on time
  • Tracking response rates and tracking and distributing incentives
  • Developing and managing travel schedules
  • Communicating with clients to schedule interviews, meetings, and focus groups
  • Supporting focus group and interview participant recruitment
  • Managing participant consent documentation and distribution of incentives
  • Communicating and interacting with sponsors/clients
  • Providing guidance for student research assistants
  • Participating in planning, development, and revision of survey administration processes

Requirements:

  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to summarize information clearly and describe key decision points succinctly
  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in a field relevant to the work of CFRP (e.g. Sociology, Government, Psychology, Economics) plus two years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Survey administration experience
  • Experience with Qualtrics, Survey Gizmo, Red Cap, and/or Remark
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience using Stata or other statistical software (SAS, SPSS, R, etc.)

Working Conditions:

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation and use of manual dexterity.

Apply:

Please submit your application materials (resume, cover letter, and references) through the University of Texas at Austin employment portal here (Posting number 18-05-24-01-4008). Competitive applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager on a rolling basis.

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Student Position: Data Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2018)

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 2018. 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 2018 appointment: June 1 to August 31, 2018
  • 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
  • Must be enrolled in at least 3 summer semester hours to be eligible
  • 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 Data GRA position, please submit:

Complete application materials should be sent to agalbraith@austin.utexas.edu. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis to complete a timed exercise in Stata.