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 - Spring 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 quick-paced work environment? The Child and Family Research Partnership has Social Policy GRA positions available for Spring 2020.

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

  • Spring 2020 appointment: January 16, 2020 – May 31, 2020
  • Full time appointment: 20 hours/week
  • Part time appointment: 15 hours/week
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Pay rate is $18-$20 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • Up to 9 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for full-time positions 
  • 3 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for part-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 November 8, 2019. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. 

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Data Graduate Research Assistant - Spring 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 Spring 2020.

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

  • Spring 2020 appointment: January 16, 2020 – May 31, 2020
  • Full time appointment: 20 hours/week
  • Part time appointment: 15 hours/week
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Pay rate is $18-$20 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • Up to 9 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for full-time positions
  • 3 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for part-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 d.kahikina@austin.utexas.edu. The application deadline is November 8, 2019. 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 V / Senior State Policy Research Associate (UT post #R_00004813)

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with expertise on prenatal-to-three (PN-3) policy and management experience to provide leadership on our State Policy team at new the Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center. The team of state policy research associates will 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 the annual State Policy Roadmap. Individuals in this senior position will provide direction and oversight regarding key internal processes, such as data collection, information management, and communication with stakeholders.

Specifically, the Senior State Policy Research Associates (Research Associate V) will:

  • Provide leadership among a team of state policy research associates, developing and overseeing processes for working with states and sharing information
  • Develop and oversee implementation of processes for the center’s work with state partners with limited input from their supervisor
  • Apply expertise on PN-3 policy and data and develop expertise on assigned states
  • Oversee collection of state-level data to inform annual State Policy Roadmap
  • Provide guidance to team members on cultivating relationships with key stakeholders working in the PN-3 policy space in select states
  • Work independently with key stakeholders to share center resources
  • Develop and oversee processes for tracking the development, adoption, and implementation of PN-3 policies
  • Engage with stakeholders in assigned states to track PN-3 policies
  • Travel to assigned states to meet with stakeholders and present research with limited guidance from supervisor
  • Manage the center’s database on state PN-3 policies
  • Serve as a resource to states by sharing relevant research and best practices
  • 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
  • Experience providing oversight and direction to a team
  • Experience developing systems for data collection, data and information management and/or working independently with stakeholders to facilitate information sharing
  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment and at least 6 years of work experience, or PhD with major coursework in the field of assignment and at least 4 years of work 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
  • 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 / Senior State Policy Research Associate/ (UT post # R_00003330)

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with expertise on prenatal-to-three (PN-3) policy and management experience to join our State Policy team at new the Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center. Senior State Policy Research Associates will provide guidance and oversight to a team of research associates and 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 the annual state policy roadmap.

Specifically, the Senior State Policy Research Associates (Research Associate 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 4 years of 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
  • 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 III / State Policy Research Associate/ (UT post # R_00003236)

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

Specifically, the State Policy Research Associates (Research Associate 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 2 years of related experience, or Bachelor’s degree with 4 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
  • 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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Communications Specialist (UT post #R_00005244)

DESCRIPTION:

To manage and execute the day-to-day communications needs for the Child and Family Research Partnership and the new national Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center housed in the LBJ School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the communications director. (Writing and graphic design 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 content specialist for multiple platforms (websites, email, social media, print, etc.) for multiple audiences
  • Design and produce high quality digital and printed assets consistent with organizational branding
  • Responsible for ensuring all communications are accurate and thoroughly copy edited
  • Responsible for keeping website(s) and other relevant channels updated with timely information
  • Help manage the development of annual Roadmap reports and additional tools
  • Support marketing and communication needs for special events
  • Design and produce printed materials as needed for meetings, events, and programs
  • Continuously build expertise in early childhood, family policy, and the prenatal-to-three period
  • Track relevant analytics to improve communication effectiveness and efficiency
  • Manage master external communications contact lists
  • 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
  • Demonstrated graphic design skills with proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop (or equivalent), and InDesign
  • Professional experience in the use of mass email and social media platforms
  • Experience with a web content management system (ex. Wordpress, Drupal)
  • 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 three years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working knowledge of videography and digital video editing
  • Working knowledge of Instagram and Facebook stories and similar features

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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Visualization Specialist (UT post #R_00005246)

DESCRIPTION:

To provide data visualization and UI/UX expertise in presenting complex data in meaningful ways to multiple audiences on interactive and static platforms for a new national Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center housed in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and manage visualizations related to child and family policy incorporating UI/UX design
  • Contribute to building and managing new interactive online data platforms and related custom dashboards
  • Own the back-end of digital platforms and oversee organization and use of the data
  • Work closely with communications, research, and policy teams to ensure visualizations are meaningful and accurate
  • Serve as the content expert on data visualization development and digital experience trends
  • Continuously improve and simplify the user experience on digital platforms
  • Monitor analytics to inform future communication and engagement efforts
  • Create visually appealing tools and graphics for websites, reports, slide decks, infographics, and other needs
  • Identify opportunities to create new or improved ways to visually communicate data and ideas

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passionate about using talents to strengthen policies impacting children and families
  • Demonstrated expertise in relevant programming languages and programs to develop data visualizations and dashboards for online platforms (e.g. Python, R, Java, R Shiny, RStudio, Tableau, ggplot2, Qlikview, Shiny, Django, Flask, Rails)
  • Experience with database management languages and tools (e.g. SQL, NoSQL)
  • Experience with geographic information system or mapping programs (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, Tableau)
  • Deep understanding of UI/UX concepts and best-practices
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Works effectively independently and as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Master’s degree and two years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree and four years of related experience, in an analytics-related field such as Public Policy, Data Science, Business Analytics, Data Visualization, or Statistics

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with data in a social science environment
  • Experience effectively communicating to non-academic audiences

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