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 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.


  • 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.