Research Assistant | Workforce Development and Postsecondary Access & Success

June 11, 2013

BACKGROUND: CLASP's mission is to develop and advocate for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. In particular, we seek policies that work to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.  The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES) advocates for better policies, more investment, and increased political will to increase the number of low-income adults and disadvantaged youth who earn postsecondary credentials that are essential to opening doors to good jobs, career advancement, and economic mobility.

Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America.  We are nonpartisan and situated at the intersection of local practice, national research, and state and federal policy, and striving to translate each world to each other.

CLASP seeks candidates for a research assistant to work with policy analysts and senior policy analysts on a variety of projects for the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES). These projects have a particular focus on strategies to improve educational opportunities for low income adults and disadvantaged youth that are essential to opening doors to good jobs, career advancement and economic mobility.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Research Assistant will work under the direction of C-PES Senior Policy Analysts and Policy Analysts.

The Research Assistant will participate in a range of research projects that will require:

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research, statistical data, and state policy information;
  • Drafting and updating content for the CLASP website, and assisting in developing other project websites;
  • Developing written and graphic presentations of collected research, including preparing graphs, maps, and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Coordinating one or more foundation-supported technical assistance projects in facilitating cross-site learning and information exchange;
  • Communicating with state-level policymakers and advocates;
  • Coordinating and advancing research projects;
  • Assisting in the planning of CLASP events and convenings;
  • Assisting in the production of CLASP reports;
  • Coordinating outreach activities, including maintenance of C-PES distribution lists and handling logistics for webinars or events;
  • Attending and reporting back on coalition meetings and relevant briefings;
  • General administrative duties including, but not limited to, database management proofreading and editing; and
  • Other duties, as assigned.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: CLASP will consider applicants with a bachelor's degree and demonstrated interest in workforce or postseconary issues, preferably with one to two years of relevant work experience. Additionally, candidates for this position must have:

  • Strong writing, research, analysis, and communication skills;
  • Ability to juggle multiple detail-oriented tasks and projects, often on a time-sensitive basis;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to advance projects; and
  • Expertise in Excel and PowerPoint.

APPLICATION: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

DEADLINE: Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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