Research Assistant | Youth Policy Team

>>Back to Careers


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor, and Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy. The Youth Policy Team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work focused on the justice system and mental health.


The CLASP Youth Policy team seeks to advance a vision for policy and systems change co-created with youth and young adults, ages 16-25, that centers safety, healing and well-being, and economic and racial justice. The team advances policy, community strategies, and investments that support economic mobility, community safety, and equal access to quality health and mental health resources, while also dismantling structural barriers that prevent youth of color and youth with low incomes from opportunities to transform their lives.

We believe we must reimagine how public policy can respond to inequity beyond our existing systems. Our current mental health, education, and workforce development systems, among others, are steeped in historical and structural racism. Our team thinks beyond what is and demands what should be. CLASP’s youth policy work requires new decision-making structures, acknowledges failed and abandoned policies, and recognizes both historical harms and ongoing discrimination. 

CLASP seeks a Research Assistant to join our team as we work together to advance this transformative vision for young people at the federal, state, and local level. 

The Research Assistant will support members of the youth policy team by:

  • Gathering and analyzing academic and policy research; statistical data; and federal, state, and local policy or implementation information;
  • Participating in 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;
  • Developing written and graphical presentations of research; 
  • Helping to produce CLASP reports, comments, and presentations; 
  • Developing social media content; 
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, and briefings; and
  • Building and maintaining relationships with youth leaders, partners, and other stakeholders.

The position also includes substantial administrative assistance, including but not limited to:

  • Preparing for special events and meetings as well taking notes;
  • Helping to organize and manage logistics for convenings and meetings;
  • Organizing and coordinating audio calls, video conference calls, webinars, social media engagements, etc.;
  • 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; 
  • Managing honorarium payments and check requests; and
  • Overseeing logistical operations for team members’ and partners’ travel.


  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and advancing racial justice.
  • Understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic disparities on communities, families, youth, and individuals.
  • Youth work, coalition building, or community organizing experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Strong research, analysis, communication, and writing/editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 1-2 years of nonprofit, office, or administrative experience (including volunteer work or internships) and/or relevant lived experiences.
  • We welcome all candidates with the professional experiences, values, and skills outlined in this position specification to apply without regard for a specific educational credential or certification.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.


Salary Range: $ 40,300 – $ 47,000

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurances options, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a 403(b)-retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.

Application Process:


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.