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: 

Staff positions:

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Senior Research Program Coordinator / UT Post # R_00010063​

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support the daily operations of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), a research group within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. This position will support the group in areas including grant administration, finance, and human resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Director to pursue new funding opportunities, including preparation and submission of proposals, budgets, budget narratives, and other required documents
  • Serve as a liaison to the Office of Sponsored Projects for pre-award and post-award processes
  • Facilitate non-sponsored agreements, including Memorandums of Understanding, Data Use Agreements, and Confidential Data Control Plans
  • Work collaboratively with research team to ensure compliance with research agreements and manage communication with sponsors
  • Manage CFRP finances, including internal budget tracking, providing Director with monthly finance reports, and completing financial information and reporting required by sponsors
  • Manage effort allocations and reporting process for CFRP researchers
  • Oversee CFRP expenditures, facilitate business contracts as required, provide guidance to research program coordinator on reconciliations and payments, and complete reporting processes
  • Oversee compliance with University financial guidelines and documentation, such as payments for research study participants and speaker honorariums
  • Oversee internal CFRP human resource needs, including hiring process, on-boarding, staff development, and off-boarding processes for CFRP staff and students
  • Coordinate with CFRP ITS service providers for desktop support, the Information Security Office, Managed Server Support, and other technology service providers
  • Develop new processes and systems as needed
  • Oversee and provide direction to research program coordinators
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with grant applications, grant management, and financial management and reporting (preferably within UT-Austin)
  • Experience coordinating, developing systems, managing, and supporting an office, department, or organization
  • Excellent organizational skills, tenacity about details and organization
  • Excellent communication skills, 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 and at least 5 years of work experience or Master's degree and at least 3 years of work experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with UT-Austin systems, including RMS, UTDirect, and DEFINE

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, and writing and samples will be requested. 

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Communications Specialist / UT post # R_00009458

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To manage and execute the day-to-day communications needs for the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center housed in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the communications director. Writing and samples will be requested.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee and implement day-to-day communication needs and activities
  • Execute the strategic content calendar
  • Develop, edit, and post written content in collaboration with communications director and content specialists for multiple platforms and audiences
  • Create and manage email campaigns and newsletters
  • Manage social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube
  • Update and manage content for multiple websites
  • Design and produce high quality digital and printed assets consistent with organizational branding for campaigns, channels, events, and meetings
  • Responsible for ensuring all communications are accurate and thoroughly copy edited
  • Support the development of annual Roadmap reports and additional tools
  • Continuously build expertise in early childhood, family policy, and the prenatal-to-three period
  • Track relevant analytics to improve communication effectiveness and efficiency
  • Manage creative assets for communications team
  • Execute the strategic content calendar
  • Develop, edit, and post written content in collaboration with communications director and content specialists for multiple platforms and audiences
  • Create and manage email campaigns and newsletters
  • Manage social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube
  • Update and manage content for multiple websites
  • Design and produce high quality digital and printed assets consistent with organizational branding for campaigns, channels, events, and meetings
  • Responsible for ensuring all communications are accurate and thoroughly copy edited
  • Support the development of annual Roadmap reports and additional tools
  • Continuously build expertise in early childhood, family policy, and the prenatal-to-three period
  • Track relevant analytics to improve communication effectiveness and efficiency
  • Manage creative assets for communications team

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely and communicate sensitive topics effectively
  • Ability to discern and justify the appropriate messages for different lengths and formats
  • Professional experience in the use of mass email and social media platforms
  • Experience with a web content management system (ex. Wordpress, Drupal) and professional use of relevant social media channels
  • Excellent proofing and editing abilities with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively 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
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Master’s degree and two years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree and four years of related experience, in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated graphic design skills with proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop (or equivalent), and InDesign
  • Working knowledge of Hubspot CRM and Hubspot Marketing
  • Working knowledge of Instagram and Facebook stories and similar features

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, and writing and samples will be requested. 

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Evaluation Research Associate (SSHRA III) / UT post # R_00009817

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support multiple program evaluation and policy-focused research studies conducted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) under the direction of Associate Professor/CFRP Director at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Synthesize relevant background research and develop expertise in assigned research areas
  • Contribute to study design and development of evaluation plans, working closely with clients to address their needs and objectives
  • Develop survey and focus group instruments
  • Manage large-scale data collection efforts
  • Demonstrate excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis with support from senior staff
  • Understand and use CFRP data sets and public data sets relevant to the research project
  • Communicate research findings to diverse audiences in different formats, such as project reports, policy briefs, memos, and presentations
  • Create professional tables, charts, graphs, and presentations
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the research team
  • Communicate effectively with clients and key stakeholders
  • Supervise student research assistants

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in program evaluation, policy research, research management, analytic methods used for evaluation, and/or writing products for diverse policy audiences
  • Excellent project management 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

  • Proficiency in Excel, Stata, and Qualtrics. Spanish language fluency. 

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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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Senior Evaluation Research Associate (SSHRA IV) / UT post # R_00009816

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support and provide oversight for multiple program evaluation and policy-focused research studies conducted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) under the direction of Associate Professor/CFRP Director at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Synthesize relevant background research and provide expertise in assigned research areas
  • Contribute to study design and development of evaluation plans with limited guidance, working closely with clients to address their needs and objectives 
  • Develop survey and focus group instruments with limited guidance
  • Manage large-scale data collection efforts 
  • Demonstrate excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis with limited support from senior staff
  • Understand and use CFRP data sets and public data sets relevant to the research project 
  • Communicate research findings to diverse audiences in different formats, such as project reports, policy briefs, memos, and presentations
  • Create professional tables, charts, graphs, and presentations
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the research team and provide guidance to other research associates
  • Communicate effectively with clients and key stakeholders
  • Supervise student research assistants

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in program evaluation, policy research, research management, analytic methods used for evaluation, and/or writing products for diverse policy audiences
  • Excellent project management 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 four years of related experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficiency in Excel, Stata, and Qualtrics. Spanish language fluency. 

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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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Policy Research Associate (SSHRA V) / UT post # R_00010462

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To oversee and manage the production of the annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap for the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center (Policy Impact Center) within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Policy Impact Center Director to design and produce an annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap (the Roadmap) that provides clarity for state policy actions and better outcomes in early health, maternal care, family life, economic security, and early care and learning
  • Apply expertise in the research content and policy context to inform the strategic framing of the Roadmap
  • Manage all aspects of Roadmap, including the production timeline and relationships with contractors
  • Contribute substantially to and oversee the written content and data elements for the Roadmap
  • Produce high-quality technical written products for different audiences with limited feedback from supervisor
  • Oversee the presentation of information in the Roadmap, including graphics and visualizations
  • Provide leadership to a team of researchers responsible for producing the Roadmap
  • Develop and oversee implementation of processes related to production of the Roadmap in coordination with other team leads within the Policy Impact Center
  • 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
  • Represent the Impact Center with high-level stakeholders and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, clients, and stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Expertise in one or more of the following policy areas: maternal health, public benefits and taxes, parenting and family supports, and/or early care and education
  • Strong analytic skills and sophisticated understanding of research methods; exceptional written communications, including the ability to write about research methods and policy
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities, tenacity about details and organization
  • Able 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
  • Experience providing oversight and direction to a team
  • Master’s degree and at least 6 years of work experience or PhD and at least 4 years of work experience 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Work experience in public policy, such as with a state legislature, state agency, or advocacy organization.
  • Work experience conducting research on topics related to the PN-3 period, maternal and child health, social safety net programs, early care and education, disparities, and equity. 

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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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Policy Research Associate (SSHRA IV) / UT post # R_00010056

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To provide policy expertise for a national prenatal-to-three policy-research exchange housed in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) to join our team and support our mission to enhance public policy and practice targeting the critical prenatal-to-three (PN-3) period.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 four 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:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support and provide oversight and guidance to team members for the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center housed in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with excellent attention to detail to join our team and support our mission to enhance public policy and practice targeting the critical prenatal-to-three (PN-3) period.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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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State Policy Research Associate (SSHRA III) / UT post # R_00009932

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center housed in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with excellent attention to detail to join our team and support our mission to enhance public policy and practice targeting the critical prenatal-to-three (PN-3) period.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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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State Policy Research Associate (SSHRA II) / UT post # R_00009933

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • To support the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center housed in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. We are seeking a passionate individual with excellent attention to detail to join our state policy team..

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Policy Impact Center's state team in their work cultivating and managing relationships with stakeholders in all fifty states
  • Track and document state contacts and communication with key state partners
  • Manage contacts and communications in Hubspot CRM
  • Track relevant state policy activity and produce a weekly news update
  • Manage state team travel (when business travel resumes)
  • Develop and manage travel schedules
  • Communicate with partners to schedule meetings and presentations, and manage travel reimbursements
  • Support the development and management of databases and data systems for the state policy team to facilitate communication with partners, tracking state progress, and development of the annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap
  • Additional job duties may include communicating and interacting with key partners, providing guidance for student research assistants, and participating in planning and development of team processes.

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
  • Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in a field relevant to the work (e.g. Sociology, Government, Public Policy, Economics) plus two years of relevant experience. Ability to demonstrate experience in required qualifications detailed here.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Database management or data management experience
  • Legislative bill tracking experience at state or federal level
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and/or other data management tools
  • Experience using Hubspot or another CRM application
  • Experience managing travel.

To be considered for a position, please submit your:

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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