University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title: Social Science/Humanities Research Associate III


Hiring Department: Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs


Position Open To: All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours: 40


FLSA Status: Exempt


Earliest Start Date: Immediately


Position Duration: Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2022




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.


Job Details:

General Notes

This is a temporary position ending 8/31/2022, with the possibility of extension, depending upon business need and funding availability.


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

Salary Range

$45,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

Travel may be required when work travel resumes. We prioritize our staff’s health and safety and will not have employees travel or work in the office until further notice.

Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility: Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility: The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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