Research Assistant - Child Care and Early Education Team

July 14, 2011

August 2011

CLASP seeks a Research Assistant who will work with a team of policy experts on child care and early education issues. The team's work focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents, and on expanding the availability of resources for high-quality child care and early education initiatives. CLASP analyzes federal and state policies, and produces materials designed to explain the meaning and implications for policymakers, state and local officials, community organizations and service providers. CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings into non-technical terms that can be understood by a broader audience. In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues.

The Research Assistant will support members of the Child Care and Early Education team by working on a range of research projects that will require:

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research, statistical data, and state policy information;
  • Participating in and summarizing interviews with state policymakers;
  • Conducting extensive web-based research;
  • Developing written and graphic presentations of research; and
  • Assisting in production of CLASP reports.

Duties will also include spending a portion of time on substantive administrative assistance including, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining an online database of more than 1,000 early childhood stakeholders;
  • Updating CLASP's child care and early education webpage;
  • Preparing for and taking notes at special events and meetings;
  • Communicating with individuals and organizations about CLASP's work; and
  • Overseeing logistical operations for team members' travel.

Requirements: Candidates for this position must have strong research, analysis, communication, and writing/editing skills. Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint is required. Some office/administration experience is strongly preferred.  Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. CLASP will consider applicants with a minimum of a bachelor's degree and demonstrated interest in low-income policy issues. Ideal candidates are recent college graduates with 1-2 years experience interning or working for a non-profit organization.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including two health insurance options, life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to:                  

Subject Title: Child Care & Early Education RA Application

*Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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