Upbring: Research Associate

Why join Upbring?

Why work at Upbring? It’s quite simple – when you go to work surrounded by people just as passionate as you, it doesn’t feel like work.

At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cherished. Inspired by faith, we are both warriors and servants for children and families. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. And as we accomplish this mission, we have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services but the way Texas treats children.

The children we serve have dreams, talent and so much potential – but they need dedicated, skillful and compassionate individuals to help them succeed. Our employees are champions for Texas children who give their all to create brighter futures. When you work at Upbring, you’re not just collecting a paycheck; you’re playing a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse. 


The Research Associate assists with the development and execution of Upbring’s research and evaluation projects to support the mission of breaking the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. This position is project-based and subject to the continuation of assigned projects. Initial period of 12-months (benefits eligible for duration).

 Essential Duties

Research and Evaluation

  • Implement outcome evaluations for mission-focused research projects
  • Collect evidence of program effectiveness using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Disseminate results regularly to internal stakeholders
  • Translate key findings into easily understood, implementable program recommendations
  • Ensure fidelity of evidence-based model implementation as needed
  • Use advanced analytic techniques to analyze agency data as applicable
  • Recommends, develops, and delivers staff training related to data collection
  • Serves as a liaison to external evaluation partners
  • Maintain a library of all relevant program measurement data that is up-to-date and easily accessed

 Project Management

  • Assist with the execution of a variety of high-impact special projects
  • Oversees the collection of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Manages project timelines and deliverables in a fast-paced environment focused on process improvement

Working Relationships

  • Work under the supervision of the Research Analyst and in close cooperation with Clinical, Community Partnership, and Program staff
  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and respect while working with child welfare-related populations


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Public Policy or a related field
  • 1+ years of research experience
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • 1+ years of child welfare research experience
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care, youth voice, and evidence-based practices
  • Advanced proficiency in select statistical packages (e.g. R, SAS) and database tools
  • Lived experience with the foster care system


Get more information and apply online at: https://careers-upbring.icims.com/jobs/3020/research-associate/job


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