Senior Research and Policy Associate (MD v Abbott Foster Care Monitoring Team)


Texas Appleseed promotes social, economic, and racial justice for all Texans by leveraging the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers, other professionals, and community partners to identify practical solutions to difficult, systemic problems. 

Job Summary:

The Senior Research and Policy Associate works in conjunction with the MD v Abbott Foster Care Monitoring team and under the supervision of the team’s Director and Assistant Director of Research to analyze and report key data and findings related to the remedial court orders. This position is responsible for working to support and contribute to the monitoring team’s work in verifying the State’s compliance with the 5th Circuit Court Orders related to the safety of children in the foster care system in Texas.

Job Title: Senior Research and Policy Associate 
Department: MD v Abbott Foster Care Monitoring Team
Reports to: Foster Care Monitoring Team Director
Effective Date: September 22, 2021


This position assumes a collaborative role in the work of the MD v Abbott Foster Care Monitoring team, including the following:

  • Work with the Director and Assistant Director of Research to manage data needs and analysis across multiple remedial court orders;
  • Conduct analysis of large and complex data sets using various statistical techniques;
  • Identify and pull statistically valid samples for verification through case reads and site visit data collection;
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports to the Court, including preparation of outlines, findings, and draft reports; 
  • Assist in documenting data and information provided to the monitors in response to information and data requests or collected during on-site visits;
  • Develop survey and data collection tools;
  • Assist in site visit preparation, ensuring comprehensive development and review of materials related to monitoring visits;
  • Research policies and practices related to the monitoring team verification work;
  • Apply critical-thinking throughout all assigned work, ensuring accuracy within the work product; 
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the monitoring team and management;
  • May work on developing scope and objectives for portions of the monitoring work;
  • Perform other associated duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • 5+ years of experience analyzing quantitative data.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research methodology and evaluation skills.
  • Expert-level proficiency with at least one statistical package such as SPSS.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of data with attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. 
  • Working knowledge of online survey software such as Qualtrics.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.  
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, demonstrating strong organizational skills. 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, statistics, public policy, or relevant field; OR 7+ years of experience in quantitative research.  
  • Experience analyzing quantitative data.
  • Experience creating surveys and/or data collection tools preferred but not required.
  • Experience developing research methodologies and approaches to data analysis.
  • Knowledge/experience with the Texas foster care system preferred but not required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • May travel for up to five days at a time.

More Information:

This is a full-time position. Salary range beginning at $65,000 and commensurate with experience. Texas Appleseed offers competitive pay, paid health, life, dental and vision insurance, a generous paid leave package as well as retirement matching, and flexible hours in an inclusive culture. 

Texas Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and an analysis sample (no more than 5 pages) to   Position will remain open until filled.