Research Assistant | Job Quality


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)—founded nearly 50 years ago in Washington, D.C.—is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for low-income people. We view all our work through a racial equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. 

Within this broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around six policy teams: income and Work Supports, Child Care and Early Education, Job Quality, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, Immigration, and Youth Policy. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues like immigration and immigrant families, criminal justice reform, and mental health.


We advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that ensure access to better jobs. With an emphasis on low-wage workers and workers of color, our work focuses on paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and fair work schedules. Federal bills have been introduced in all these areas; however, no national laws currently establish such labor standards. In contrast, at the state and local levels, there is considerable momentum in these areas, with states and localities enacting dozens of new laws in recent years. The team has also been exploring how the changing nature of low-wage work is affecting old and new labor standards and how these standards and other social protections may need to be improved to better protect workers in a changing economy.

The team does research and policy analysis; advocates at all levels of government; provides technical assistance to state and local advocates and government officials; hosts convenings and meetings to share lessons, information and engage in further inquiry on issues; and develops materials for advocacy, policy implementation and/or improvement.


The research assistant will support members of the job quality team by working on a range of research projects that will require:

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research; statistical data; and federal, state, and local policy or implementation information;
  • Participating in and summarizing interviews with various stakeholders;
  • Conducting extensive web-based research;
  • 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, 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;
  • Helping to organize and manage logistics for convenings and meetings;
  • Organizing and coordinating audio calls, video conference calls, webinars, Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, 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.


Candidates for this position must demonstrate a commitment to reducing poverty and improving low-wage workers’ lives; understand the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individuals; and demonstrate a commitment to equity and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Candidates must have strong research, analysis, communication, and writing/editing skills. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and 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. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of low-income communities, immigrants, and communities of color. Ideal candidates will have 1-2 years’ professional experience and/or relevant lived experiences.


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.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 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.