Research Assistants | Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development & Youth Policy


The Center for Law and Social Policy seeks a research assistant to work on postsecondary education and workforce development and/or youth policy team.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)—founded 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.


Workforce development, basic skills development, and postsecondary education are key economic mobility strategies for low-income adults and youth. CLASP advocates for federal, state, and local policies that expand access for people family-sustaining jobs for people with low incomes as well as people of color. We’re particularly focused on policies that help adults improve their basic skills, access and complete postsecondary education, support themselves and their families while they advance, and succeed in the labor market.

CLASP works to remove barriers, increase investments that lead to economic mobility, close equity gaps, and expand access to workforce development and postsecondary programs for people with low incomes. We seek to ensure people with the greatest need, including people of color and immigrants, can access postsecondary skills training opportunities and move up at work. 
This team uniquely focuses on aligning postsecondary education, workforce development, and adult education. 

We also work across CLASP policy teams to addresses the intersection between economic justice and criminal justice reform. This includes ensuring adult and postsecondary education, workforce development, and reentry and reintegration policies and strategies also target and provide opportunities for people impacted by the criminal justice system.  We also have deep expertise on the connections between basic needs programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, childcare) and education and workforce systems.

We also have deep expertise on the connections between basic needs programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, childcare) and education and workforce systems.We also have deep expertise on the connections between basic needs programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, childcare) and education and workforce systems.


Our team’s work seeks to advance equitable youth policy investments and the rebuilding of a vision created with youth/young adults in the pursuit of safety, well-being, and economic and racial justice.  We analyze and explain the implications of federal, state and local policies to a variety of stakeholders, including state and local officials, community organizations, service providers and young people. In addition, we support targeted technical assistance partnerships and learning communities with states and communities to advance policy and systems change and our advocacy goals.

We focus on issues central to youth development, education and employment pathways, youth justice, and mental health and well-being, with a particular focus on opportunity youth, boys and men of color, and young women of color.


The research assistant will support members of the postsecondary education and workforce development or 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; and
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, and briefings.

The position also includes substantive 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, Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, etc.;
  • 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.


  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and advancing racial equity.
  • Understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic disparities on communities, families, youth and individuals.
  • Strong research, analysis, communication, and writing/editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Office/administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of low-income communities, immigrants, and communities of color.
  • 1-2 years of nonprofit experience (including volunteer work or internships) and or relevant and 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.