Policy Analyst: Child Care and Early Education Team

February 2014 

CLASP is a national non-profit public policy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state, and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. CLASP seeks a Policy Analyst who will work as part of a team of experts to improve access to high quality child care and early education for low-income children and families. Because early care and education are so crucial both to children’s life opportunities and parent’s work, the team  focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents, and on expanding the availability of resources for high quality child care and early education initiatives. CLASP uses many approaches to improve policy and affect children’s and families’ lives.  It analyzes federal and state policies, makes recommendations, produces materials, and provides briefings and presentations for policymakers, state and local officials, advocates, and community organizations. CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings into non-technical terms that can be understood by a broader audience.  In addition, CLASP provides hands-on technical assistance and seeks to inform debate at the national and state levels on these issues.  CLASP focuses on solutions to the particular challenges experienced by low-income children and families in accessing quality child care and early education, including barriers related to race, language, culture, and immigration status.

Job Responsibilities: The Policy Analyst will work on child care and early education issues, including child care subsidy policies, analyzing federal Head Start data, promoting financing strategies for early childhood services and supporting the overall work of the child care and early education team.  Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing quantitative or qualitative data and translating analyses into findings and policy briefs for a non-technical audience;
  • Analyzing federal data sets for information on young children and translating data for policymakers and advocates;
  • Researching and writing reports, policy analyses and issue briefs in substantive areas of work;
  • Writing brief analyses of research and state and federal policy developments for CLASP’s website; and
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state and local policymakers and practitioners in child care and early education.

Requirements: This position requires excellent writing and oral communications skills and policy analysis skills, including the ability to complete extensive quantitative analysis specific to public policy.  Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis, and to prioritize these assignments. Candidates must be able to work autonomously and function as part of a team. Proficiency in Excel, Power Point is required.

This position requires a relevant Master’s degree in public policy, education (preferably with a focus on early education), or a related field and demonstrated interest in low-income policy issues. At least two years of work experience related to the child care and early education substantive policy area is preferred.  Demonstrated interest in the circumstance of immigrant families and children of color are also preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including medical and 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.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to:

Jobs3@clasp.org

Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.

(NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE) 

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.

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