Research Assistant to Legislative Director


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is recruiting a research assistant to work with our legislative director.

CLASP is a national, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization that seeks to improve low-income people’s lives. We develop and advocates for federal, state, and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.

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. We also assess research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translate research findings into lay terms for a broad audience. In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues.


The legislative team engages federal policymakers and their staffs on behalf of CLASP’s policy teams. It works across the organization to identify federal priorities and opportunities; prepare resources, talking points, and testimony; track and monitor internal legislative activity; manage lobbying compliance requirements; and create CLASP’s the overall legislative strategy.

The research assistant will support the legislative director by:

  • Conducting research on members of Congress, congressional district data, federal legislation, and existing statutes, as well as synthesizing research for internal use.
  • Monitoring legislative and political news.
  • Working with the policy teams to develop and implement outreach strategies.
  • Identifying and developing opportunities for legislative action, sign-on letters, press statements and other Congressional engagement.
  • In conjunction with the legislative director, create and manage processes and communications for our CLASP-wide legislative committee. This includes agenda development, meeting facilitation, and organizing legislative communications to the committee.
  • Attend Capitol Hill meetings, follow up with staffers, and build relationships with key offices.
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, hearings, and briefings.
  • Assisting the communications team in developing resources for Capitol Hill, including fact sheets, e-blasts, and social media;

The research assistant will also spend a portion of his/her time on substantive administrative assistance, including but not limited to:

  • Preparing for and taking notes at special events, hearings, and external and internal meetings.
  • Providing direct administrative support for the legislative director.
  • Supporting crosscutting policy teams (such as justice, immigration, and mental health) by being participating in team meetings, collaborating on writing and research, and providing some administrative support.
  • Developing social media content.
  • Coordinating schedules for meetings, calls, and events.
  • Tracking lobbying hours for federal disclosure.
  • Communicating with external groups about CLASP’s work.

Requirements: Candidates for this position must have strong research, analysis, oral communication, and writing/editing skills. 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 commitment to improving economic security and wellbeing for poor and low-income people, immigrants, and communities of color. Position requires attention to detail as well as professionalism and discretion at all times. Ideal candidates are recent college graduates with 1-2 years’ experience working, volunteering, or interning for a federal, state, or local elected official and/or campaign.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP’s excellent benefits include 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 send a cover letter and resume to (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.)

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer, and people of color are encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.