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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Student Position: Senior Student Associate (Fall 2018)

Senior Student Associates get hands-on research experience and exposure to CFRP’s work, with a focus on supporting data collection across multiple projects. Student associates are strongly considered for Graduate Research Assistant positions in subsequent semesters. Specifically, Senior Student Associates will:

  • Enter survey data in Qualtrics and using Remark software
  • Conduct data quality assurance checks
  • Follow project data collection plans and processes
  • Gain exposure to program evaluation working closely with experienced researchers
  • Gain exposure to Qualtrics, Remark, and Stata
  • Assist with special events/meetings
  • Other tasks and support as needed

 Qualifications

  • UT Graduate student (not limited to LBJ students, but relevant background preferred)
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Independent and reliable worker with strong work ethic
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional 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
  • Must be intellectually curious and independently motivated
  • Spanish fluency a plus

Terms of Employment

  • Fall appointment: September 1, 2018 to January 15, 2019
  • Rate:  $12-$15/hour, depending on qualifications
  • Hours: 10-20 hours per week (actual weekly hours may fluctuate based on the volume of surveys being conducted)
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Potential to continue in subsequent semesters, depending on quality of work and funding
  • Not benefits eligible

To be considered for a position, please submit your resume by Friday, August 31 to kaeley.benson@austin.utexas.edu. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.

 

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.