Research Assistant | Multiple Positions

Two Research Assistants for CLASP’s Child Care and Income and Work Supports Teams

CLASP is a national non-profit public policy organization that seeks to improve the lives of people with low incomes. CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state, and local policies to eradicate poverty and increase racial equity. CLASP is currently recruiting for two Research Assistants who will work with policy experts on the Income and Work Supports team and Child Care and Early Education team. Candidates may indicate their preference for one or both positions. In addition to handling their primary team's work, RAs may be asked to support the work of other teams or cross-cutting CLASP projects.

About the Child Care and Early Education Team: CLASP’s Child Care and Early Education team works to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for children and families with low incomes and communities of color. Because early care and education are so crucial both to children’s life opportunities and parents’ work, the team focuses on promoting policies that support child development and the needs of parents working in low-paid jobs—and on expanding the availability of resources for high-quality child care and early education. We center racial equity in our work and have a particular focus on barriers related to immigration status. Our work covers a wide range of early childhood issues, including Head Start; child care and child care subsidy policies; two-generation state policies; maternal and child mental health; and the intersection of civil rights, immigrant rights, and early childhood.

About the Child Care and Early Education Team: CLASP’s Child Care and Early Education team works to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for children and families with low incomes and communities of color. Because early care and education are so crucial both to children’s life opportunities and parents’ work, the team focuses on promoting policies that support child development and the needs of parents working in low-paid jobs—and on expanding the availability of resources for high-quality child care and early education. We center racial equity in our work and have a particular focus on barriers related to immigration status. Our work covers a wide range of early childhood issues, including Head Start; child care and child care subsidy policies; two-generation state policies; maternal and child mental health; and the intersection of civil rights, immigrant rights, and early childhood. 

About the Income and Work Supports Team: The Income and Work Supports team advocates for federal and state policies that increase investment, prevent harmful cuts, and streamline access across public programs. Our work covers Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and may include additional programs such as Health Insurance Marketplace subsidies, Social Security, Child Support Enforcement, or housing programs, depending on the opportunities we see to make a difference in the lives of people with low incomes. When we invest in these safety net programs, we’re supporting work, strengthening families, and promoting economic mobility. We think about these programs both individually and as they interact with each other and with the realities of low-wage work. We promote policies and practices that connect people with the full package of benefits for which they are eligible. 

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 Income and Work Supports and Child Care and Early Education teams by working on a range of projects that will require: 

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research; statistical data; and federal, state, and local policy information; 
  • Participating in and summarizing interviews with various stakeholders; 
  • Drafting newsletters and other electronic communications; 
  • Writing short commentaries and blogs, with a focus on summarizing research and policy information so it is understandable to a broad audience; 
  • Supporting, and potentially co-authoring, policy briefs and similar papers; 
  • Developing written and graphic presentations of research; 
  • Assisting in production of CLASP reports, testimony, comments, and presentations; and 
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, and briefings. 

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

  • Preparing for and taking notes at special events and meetings;
  • Organizing and coordinating audio calls, video conference calls, webinars, Twitter chats, etc.;
  • Assisting in developing social media content;
  • Coordinating schedules with external partners for meetings and events;
  • Managing CLASP’s contact lists and other digital communications;
  • Maintaining webpages and microsites;
  • Communicating with external groups 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; 
  • An understanding of racial equity; 
  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint; 
  • Office/administration experience (strongly preferred); 
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis; 
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; 
  • A bachelor's degree or comparable advocacy experience; and 
  • A demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, immigrants, and communities of color. 

Compensation: Salary Range: $40,300 - $58,300. Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including multiple 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. 

Applicants: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to every applicant. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 

Candidates may apply to one or both policy teams. Please submit a resume and cover letter to either or both of the positions below: 

Child Care and Early Education: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/323314/Center-for-Law-and-Social-Policy-Inc/Research-Assistant-Child-Care-and-Early-Education 

Income and Work Supports: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/323382/Center-for-Law-and-Social-Policy-Inc/Research-Assistant-Income-and-Work-Supports 

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.