Research Assistant- Child Care & Early Education Team
Washington, DC Salary Range: $ 45,000 – 52,000

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. 

CLASP Values for Racial Equity 

We understand that inclusion is only the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity, in our society and organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in shaping our organizational culture and engaging in our policy and advocacy efforts. However, we also know that to move beyond inclusion and achieve true racial equity, we must be intentional in centering and prioritizing the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color. At CLASP, racial equity is our core value and informs all aspects of our organizational culture and the way we think about and approach our policy, issue, and advocacy areas. For true and sustainable change to happen in our country, historically white-founded and led policy and advocacy organizations must commit to full and immersive racial equity.  

CLASP seeks a Research Assistant who will work on a team of advocates to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for children and families with low incomes. Because early care and education is so crucial both to children’s and parents’ life opportunities, the team focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of their parents or caregivers. CLASP’s work focuses on solutions to the particular challenges children and families with low incomes face in accessing the quality child care and early education opportunities of their choosing and addressing barriers they face related to race, language, culture, and immigration status. In addition, the team brings its expertise in child development—including the importance of parents’ wellbeing and family economic stability—to public debates about policy related to immigration, health and wellbeing, and the stability and quality of jobs paying low wages. 

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. CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings using non-technical language that can be understood by a broader audience. In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues. 

The Research Assistant will support members of the Child Care and Early Education team by working on a range of projects that will require: 

  • Gathering and analyzing academic research; statistical data; and federal, state, and local policy information
  • Participating in and summarizing interviews with various stakeholders 
  • 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, testimony, comments, and presentations  
  • Representing CLASP on internal committees and at various coalitions, events, and briefings 

Duties will also include spending a portion of time on substantive administrative assistance, which may include: 

  • Preparing for and taking notes at special events and meetings
  • Organizing and coordinating audio calls, video conference calls, webinars, Twitter chats, 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  
  • Communicating with external groups about CLASP’s work 
  • Overseeing logistical operations for team members' travel


 Candidates for this position must have: 

  • Strong research, analysis, communication, and writing/editing skills 
  • An understanding of racial equity
  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Office/administration experience and project management skills (strongly preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A bachelor's degree or comparable advocacy experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, immigrants, and communities of color
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.  

COVID Policy: We have a mandatory vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply). 


CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurances options (most that currently require no employee-paid premiums). In addition, we provide the following benefits that currently require no employee-paid premiums: dental insurance, vision insurance, life, and long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. Additionally, we offer a 403(b)-retirement program with employer contributions, flexible spending accounts, and a no-cost gym onsite at our DC office. Finally, we provide generous vacation (4 weeks in the first year), paid sick leave (3 weeks annually), 2 personal days a year, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave and paid holiday schedule.  

Application Process: 

Please submit resume and cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to every applicant. 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.