Research Assistant | Immigration and Immigrant Families

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a Research Assistant to join the Immigration and Immigrant Families policy team. CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes. Our mission is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, enhance stability, and create ladders to economic security for all. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

The Immigration and Immigrant Families team, one of five policy centers at CLASP, focuses on defending against harmful anti-immigrant policies and advocating for policies that promote the health and wellbeing of immigrant children, youth, and families. Our advocacy work is focused on immigration policies that keep families together, promote healthy child development, and strengthen economic security and educational opportunity. CLASP anchors the Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN), whose mission it is to defend and support children in the United States in mixed-status immigrant families. CTAN works in support of all children of immigrants, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, income, or nationality. CLASP also co-chairs the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign, whose mission it is to protect immigrants’ and their families’ access to health, nutrition, and income supports.

The successful candidate will be at the heart of this important agenda, supporting the Immigration and Immigrant Families team and collaborating across the organization’s policy teams to provide policy analysis and research, undertake advocacy at both state and federal levels, and brief and virtually convene thought leaders and decisionmakers. Examples of activities include participation in virtual coalition meetings and presentations; drafting blogs and assisting in the production of reports and briefs; as well as administrative support to the team and participation in relevant working groups. 

The successful candidate will have a passion for CLASP’s anti-poverty and racial equity agenda, very strong organizational skills and attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrated capacity to balance priorities in a high-intensity, mission-driven environment, and ability to adapt work to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Working closely with more senior members of the team, the Research Assistant will gain experience with a well-respected and credible nonprofit in all aspects of policy advocacy, including national legislative and executive branch advocacy, work with state and local governments, research and writing, and coalition activities. 

Job Description

While the specific activities will depend on the advocacy agenda and the needs of the team as a whole, examples of likely activities include the following:

Research Support

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research, federal and state policy information, and statistical data;
  • Conducting extensive web-based research; and
  • Developing written and graphical presentations of research.

 Writing and Report Production

  • Writing short commentaries and blogs, with a focus on summarizing research and policy information so it is understandable to a broad audience;
  • Selecting and summarizing immigration news clips and partner reports for the team;
  • Supporting, and potentially co-authoring, policy briefs or other papers, under the guidance of more senior team members; and
  • Assisting in production of CLASP reports, fact sheets, and briefs, including citations and formatting.

Outreach and Organizational Support 

  • Coordinating e-blasts and newsletters to stakeholders;
  • Updating the team’s webpages;
  • Organizing and acting as logistical coordinator for conference calls, team meetings, coalition meetings, and webinars;
  • Preparing for and taking notes at virtual and in-person events and meetings;
  • Communicating with individuals and organizations about the team’s work;
  • Assisting in developing social media content with the team; 
  • Coordinating schedules with internal and external partners for meetings and virtual events; and
  • Handling reimbursement procedures for team members and travel logistics for team members and meeting participants (not to be expected until work travel resumes).

The Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to participate in cross-cutting activities among CLASP teams, including the support of organization-wide priorities, such as our racial equity agenda.

Job Requirements:

  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including the ability to write clearly and quickly; communicate orally in a clear and direct manner; have basic data analysis capacities; as well as experience synthesizing and presenting complex research information.   
  • Candidates must be able to function in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks effectively, and be able to work both autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Candidates must also have a demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes, including a commitment to equity and reducing disparities based on race and ethnicity.
  • Although CLASP staff members are currently working remotely due to the pandemic, this position will require regular attendance in the office once we discontinue working from home.  
  • While knowledge of public policy issues, particularly immigration policy, is a plus, it is not required.
  • Fluency in another language is a plus, but not required.


Salary Range: $40,300 – $47,000

Salary is commensurate with experience. 

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

Application process

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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.

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.