The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center is a part of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. Our work is focused on evidence-driven state-level policymaking focused on the foundational prenatal to age 3 developmental period. We work in partnership with our CFRP colleagues who conduct qualitative and quantitative research on a wide range of policy issues impacting children and families.

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Current Openings

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.


  • 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

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. 

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.


  • 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.

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.