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.

You are also invited to keep up with us by signing up for the CFRP News Email List and finding us on FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


Current Openings at CFRP: 

Student positions:

Staff positions:

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Social Policy Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2021)

Job 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

  • Summer 2021 appointment: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
  • Full time appointment: 20-30 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
  • Must be enrolled in at least 3 summer semester hours to be eligible
  • 3 hours of tuition reimbursement will be provided for full-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 Friday, March 26, 2021. Competitive candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.

*We prioritize our staff's health and safety and will not have employees work in the office until further notice.

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Social Sciences/Humanities Research Associate IV (Job Post # R_00011682)

Job Description

To support 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 and the Roadmap team lead 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
  • Contribute substantially to and oversee the written content for the Roadmap
  • Ensure the presentation of information in the Roadmap, including graphics and visualizations, is accurate, clear, and of superior quality
  • Produce high-quality technical written products for different audiences with limited feedback from supervisor
  • Support the development of and implementation of processes related to production of the Roadmap in coordination with the Roadmap team lead and other team leads within the Policy Impact Center
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team to 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

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
  • Exceptional written communications and editorial skills, including the ability to write about research methods, quantitative data, and policy for different audiences, synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely, and pay close attention to detail.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities, tenacity about details and organization
  • Sophisticated understanding of research methods used in policy research
  • 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
  • Master's degree and at least 3 years of related experience

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

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 prenatal-to-three period, maternal and child health, social safety net programs, early care and education, disparities, and equity.

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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Administrative Associate (Job Post # R_00012103)

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 provide administrative support to group in areas including finances and human resources.

Responsibilities

  • Support the Senior Program Coordinator to facilitate accounts payable processes, including ProCard reconciliation, voucher payments, and maintaining records
  • Support the Senior Program Coordinator to facilitate internal CFRP human resources needs, including coordinating hiring process (contacting candidates, writing and Stata exercises, interview scheduling), setting up office space, and scheduling internal trainings, and on-boarding
  • Provide LBJ School and University information and guidance to CFRP staff when needed; ensure compliance with state, University, and Federal travel and purchasing policies and regulations
  • Manage CFRP supply and technology inventory, maintain CFRP technology records, and set up technology needs for CFRP meetings
  • Support the Program Coordinator to support the CFRP Director, including maintaining records, Canvas support, mailings and supply orders
  • Support the Events Program Coordinator with events, including preparing necessary paperwork and processing payments, placing catering orders and providing in-person support as needed
  • Performing other related functions as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with UT System DEFINE
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional, dependable, and proactive
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment
  • Tenacity about details and organization
  • Able to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience as an Administrative Associate, or high school diploma or GED and five years’ experience as an Administrative Associate
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in University systems, including PointPlus, and Concur
  • Experience with purchasing policies and procedures at the University of Texas

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