Research Assistant: Income and Work Supports

April 2014

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national non-profit public policy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. CLASP seeks a Research Assistant who will work with a team of policy experts on income and work supports. The team’s work focuses on programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as they are implemented at the federal and state levels. 

The primary mission of the Research Assistant for Income and Work Supports is to maximize the effectiveness and reach of the Income and Work Supports team.  This may include monitoring of broad areas to identify new research or policy action, as well as specifically assigned tasks.  The Research Assistance will also provide support CLASP’s Workforce/Postsecondary Education Team on policy changes to facilitate low-income college students’ access to federal public benefits programs such as those listed above.

Specific Duties:  

  • Monitor, analyze and synthesize federal and state legislative and regulatory policy information in targeted areas;
  • Use Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health and Human Services and other data sources to analyze and synthesize data and upload to CLASP website;
  • Conduct web-based research and interviews of state agency staff and local advocates;
  • Review and compile research literature for new information/issues relevant to the team’s work;
  • Develop written and graphic presentations of research, including preparing graphs, maps, and power point presentations;
  • Write blog posts for TANF and Work Supports pages on CLASP website, and generally update and maintain these portions of the website;
  • Assist in developing social media content with Income and Work Supports and communications teams;
  • Assist in writing, editing and production of CLASP reports;
  • Attend and report back on coalition and network meetings, briefings and other events as necessary;
  • Coordinate outreach activities, including preparation of monthly newsletters, maintenance of a distribution list and handling logistics for webinars or events;
  • General administrative duties including, but not limited to scheduling, setting up conference calls and meetings, travel logistics, database management, proofreading, editing, and web page maintenance.

Requirements: Candidates must have strong research, analysis, and writing/editing skills. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis, and to prioritize these assignments. Candidates must be able to work autonomously and function as part of a team.

CLASP will consider candidates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated interest in low-income policy issues, preferably with one to two years of relevant work experience. 

Proficiency in Excel, Power Point, basic HTML, and website content management systems is strongly preferred.  Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign is desirable.  

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:


CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.  


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