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:


 

Research Associate IV / State Policy Research Associate, Policy Team (UT post #R_00007741)

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 at CFRP's new national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

The policy team State Policy Research Associate (Research Associate IV) will:

  • 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:

  • 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 V / Senior State Policy Research Associate, State Team (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 team at new the Prenatal-to-3 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 state team Senior State Policy Research Associate (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, State Team (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 team at new the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. Senior State Policy Research Associates 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 state team Senior State Policy Research Associate (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.