Policy Analyst: Youth Policy Team

JANUARY 2014

The Center for Law and Social Policy (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 with a team of policy experts on youth education and employment issues. The team’s work focuses on 1) preventive supports and developmental strategies for low-income youth; 2) pathways for disconnected youth; 3) capacity building in high poverty communities to support youth, and 4) attention to the needs of youth of color. CLASP focuses attention on the magnitude and dimension of the issues facing low-income youth and elevates public will to address the issue at scale. CLASP also 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 engages in coalition-building work to support change for this population of youth. CLASP advances measurable community solutions for organizing and strengthening youth service strategies and systems, and identifies effective practice and opportunities for learning from other communities. In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues. 

The Policy Analyst for the Youth Policy Team will primarily work on community-based and state-based strategies for connecting youth to education and employment opportunities. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Providing content and organizational support for the convenings and ongoing projects of our local community network, Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth (CCRY), on a wide range of youth-related topics including high school dropout, linkages to higher education and careers, immigration, youth as parents, access to wrap-around supports, and others;
  • Supporting the building of community capacity by documenting effective local practice;
  • Conducting field visits to gather and analyze information and data about specific communities;
  • Developing and conducting telephone interviews with key individuals in communities and states;
  • Assisting with the translation of youth-related legislation into more understandable format for local and state constituents;
  • Writing policy briefs, reports and newsletters that synthesize research evidence, report on state and local policies and practices, and distill findings from interviews and site visits;
  • Creating presentations of the team’s work;
  • Updating CLASP’s youth webpage and microsites;
  • Providing regular updates for members of our community network; and
  • Contributing as a team member to cross-cutting CLASP projects and activities that link youth to other CLASP issue areas or task forces to improve the way we work.

Requirements: Candidates for this position must have demonstrated a basic knowledge of youth development, education, or employment policy and legislation. Candidates must also possess strong written and verbal communication skills.  Candidates who have demonstrated experience and/or interest in the circumstances of the most vulnerable youth, including youth of color, youth from immigrant families, and disconnected youth are also preferred.

Experience in meeting management and facilitation is highly preferred, as is demonstrated skill at policy analysis including understanding how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff. Proficiency in Excel, Power Point, website content management systems, and HTML is also preferred.

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. CLASP will consider candidates with a minimum of a master’s degree and 2 years work experience, and demonstrated interest in low-income policy issues. 

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including two health insurance options, 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:

jobs2@clasp.org

(NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE)

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

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