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:

  • None currently

Staff positions:


State Relations Project Manager (Job Post # R_00014236)

Job Description Summary

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center aims to be the go-to resource for actionable evidence for state policy leaders as they develop and implement the most effective policies that ensure children get off to a strong start and thrive. We seek an energetic and experienced person to lead our efforts to build relationships with state policy leaders and advocates, and to translate our rigorous research findings into policy action. The person selected for this role will work closely with the director and other senior leadership within the Policy Impact Center to develop and implement its strategic vision.

Primary Responsibilities Include

Building and managing relationships with state leaders:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a strategy for connecting with and building trusted relationships with state policy leaders
  • Leverage opportunities with national strategic partners

Connecting research to policy:

  • Listen to state leaders and learn what the Policy Impact Center can do to help meet their needs
  • Help to translate complex research findings to policy action
  • Collaborate with Policy Impact Center researchers to marshal relevant and needed resources for state leaders 
  • Facilitate connections between state leaders and all teams within the Policy Impact Center, especially content experts in specific policy areas

Articulating and sharing the value of the Policy Impact Center’s resources with relevant parties:

  • Communicate and share the Policy Impact Center’s work and comparative advantage with state leaders
  • Identify the resources and products that would be useful for the field
  • Connect state leaders to external research partners when states have needs that are beyond the scope of the Policy Impact Center

Required/Essential Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge about individual state policy ecosystems, and the differences among state contexts
  • Ability to connect complex research to the state policy context, and communicate about that research to state policy leaders
  • Experience with relationship building and management with state policy leaders inside and outside of government
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
  • Ability to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Demonstrated understanding and support for key concepts in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of early childhood field
  • Knowledge of effective state policies
  • Understanding of and ability to navigate the difference between advocacy and being a resource for evidence-based research
  • Experience providing supervision and guidance to other staff
  • Master’s degree and 7 years of related experience

General Notes

This is a temporary position ending on 8/31/2022, with the possibility of extension, depending upon business need and funding availability. This position reports to the Assistant Director. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse environment to continue to build a strong and equitable prenatal-to-3 system of care.

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