Legislative Affairs Associate

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has an immediate opening for a Legislative Affairs Associate to join the Legislative Affairs 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.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: (1) Child Care and Early Education, (2) Education, Labor, and Worker Justice, (3) Immigration and Immigrant Families, (4) Income and Work Supports, and (5) Youth Policy. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on cross-cutting issues such as economic recovery, mental health, justice reform, and racial equity.

CLASP’s Legislative Affairs department is a small but mighty team that works collaboratively across the organization to engage federal policymakers and their staff. The department is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to advance CLASP’s legislative agenda and plays an integral role in identifying federal priorities and opportunities. This is an exciting, cross-cutting role that faces both externally and internally and offers a great opportunity to build a career in legislative affairs. The Legislative Affairs Associate reports to the Legislative Affairs Director and is based in Washington, DC (which is currently remote until it is safe to reopen).

Job Responsibilities 

Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and monitor CLASP’s federal legislative and appropriations priorities and key committee activity.
  • Coordinate and track sign-on letters, bill endorsements, and engagement with Congressional offices.
  • Develop congressional member profiles and key contacts.
  • Coordinate meetings with Congressional staff, coalition partners, and internally across teams.
  • Represent CLASP externally at various meetings, events, hearings, and briefings.
  • Author and contribute to materials such as fact sheets, letters of support, talking points, testimony, blogs, policy briefs, and press statements.
  • Ensure legislative content is updated regularly on website.
  • Provide project management, as well as logistical and administrative support.
  • Publish regular summaries to staff of key activities of the Legislative Affairs team and the work of the policy teams supported by the Legislative Affairs team.


The ideal candidate has the following qualities:

  • Desire to grow professionally and personally.
  • Ability to work across teams in a collaborative and supportive capacity.
  • Excellent research, project management, and communications skills. 
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to juggle multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. 
  • A great sense of humor and healthy work-life balance.

Job Requirements 

Candidates must meet these requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of advancing policy solutions for people with low incomes and to our shared priority of centering racial equity in our work.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related experience. 
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in legislative affairs, Capitol Hill experience is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and cloud-based workspace technologies. 
  • Familiarity with advocacy engagement platforms is preferred but not required.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $47,000 – $53,000

Salary is commensurate with experience. 

CLASP offers excellent benefits, including two health insurance options with premiums for employees and dependents covered by CLASP, paid family and medical leave, life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) retirement program with employer-provided discretionary funds, flexible spending accounts, and generous paid time off. 

Application process

To apply for this position, please complete the application and include resume, cover letter, and 1-page statement outlining your commitment to CLASP’s mission.


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.