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:

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Social Sciences/Humanities Research Associate III (Job Post # R_00013255)

Job Description

To provide policy expertise for the Prental-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

  • Conduct rigorous reviews of the evidence on policy related to the prenatal-to-3 period and serve as an expert on the evidence within the Policy 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
  • Contribute to production of the annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap
  • Produce high-quality technical written products for different audiences with feedback from supervisor
  • 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
  • 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

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Specific expertise in early care and education policy and research
  • Work experience in public policy, such as with state legislatures or advocacy organizations
  • Work experience conducting research on topics related to the prenatal-to-3 period

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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Media Relations Specialist (Job Post # R_00013256)

Job Description

To promote the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center's brand and position in the field, through the identification, implementation, and continuous improvement of best practices in media and public relations.

Responsibilities

  • Establish and develop relationships with key editors and journalists (national and state-level broadcast, print, and digital outlets); pitch stories to targeted media contact list; serve as media contact for press releases, events, and special projects; provide ongoing and pertinent information from the Policy Impact Center to the community and media;
  • Monitor relevant current state and national news on a daily basis to identify creative opportunities and ideal, consistent news cycle timing;
  • Write professional news releases, articles and other documents for the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center; use best practices to prepare and release certain information to the media, as directed by the Director of Communications;
  • Create and facilitate public relations opportunities and events to increase the reach of the Policy Impact Center’s work and team, including collaborations and op-eds with the National Advisory Council and other partners;
  • Assist with writing and editing of Center content as needed;
  • Facilitate media interviews between Policy Impact Center staff and reporters;
  • Maintain media contact lists in Hubspot CMS;
  • Distribute new releases to media utilizing industry software; coordinate with internal teams to publish releases on the Policy Impact Center's website and social media as needed;
  • Participate in meetings as directed with the media, business community, professional development organizations and various agencies;
  • Assist communications team in implementation of communications strategies and goals for marketing campaigns;
  • Track relevant analytics to improve communication effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Participate in relevant LBJ School and University Communications media relations meetings;
  • Maintain media contact lists in HubSpot CMS and Cision
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of research and public policy
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely as well as communicate sensitive topics effectively
  • Ability to discern and justify the appropriate messages for different lengths and formats
  • Experience with business-to-business level writing
  • Excellent proofreading and copy editing abilities with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent project management and organizational 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
  • Master’s degree and two years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree and four years of related experience, in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Policy 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

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 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.