Deputy Director/Senior Policy Analyst Work Support Strategies

July 17, 2013

SUBJECT AREAS OF PRIMARY WORK: This position is located in the Executive Director's office, as part of the Work Support Strategies initiative (WSS). WSS is a multi-state initiative led by CLASP in partnership with the Urban Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It provides a select group of states with the opportunity to design, test, and implement more effective, streamlined, and integrated approaches to delivering key supports for low-income working families, including health coverage, nutrition benefits, and child care subsidies. The Ford Foundation, the project's lead funder, has committed $21 million over five years, and the Open Society Foundations, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation have provided crucial additional support. More information on WSS can be found at: . 

In addition, the successful candidate will spend a share of time – probably about one fifth to one quarter, but it may vary – working with one or more of CLASP's policy centers, based on the candidate's expertise and the centers' needs. These include Workforce Strategies, Childcare and Early Education, Poverty and Opportunity and Youth.

SUPERVISOR: Olivia Golden, Executive Director of CLASP and Director of WSS.


  • Provide strategic leadership (with general guidance from Olivia Golden, WSS Director) to ensure that the day-to-day operations of WSS are on-track with longer term goals and that the project's many components, participants, and partners are on the same page.
  • Ensure regular and close communication and coordination among the key national partners: the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which leads technical assistance; the Urban Institute, which leads evaluation and the fiscal oversight of grants to the states; and the key funders.
  • Work closely with the technical assistance team and the state project teams to build a strong understanding of each state's needs and accomplishments, and potential responses by the national team.
  • Maintain strong relationships with cabinet-level state leaders, state team members, national team members, funders, and federal officials.
  • Identify policy and system reform lessons as they emerge from WSS (in conjunction with colleagues) and oversee or conduct syntheses and analyses that distill these lessons.
  • Write and speak for diverse audiences (federal, state, thought leaders) about the key ideas and lessons from WSS, through papers, briefings, presentations, and web materials.
  • Work closely with CLASP's Communications team to disseminate lessons learned from WSS to multiple audiences, to include public events
  • Oversee administrative systems necessary to make this complex project work, such as files, web page, scheduling, work plan documents, etc.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff.
  • Manage funder relationships, including writing proposals and reports and developing fundraising plans for next steps (in conjunction with others on the leadership team).
  • Identify new opportunities for policy advocacy at the state or federal level based on insights gained from WSS, and work with partners at CLASP (and potentially other organizations) to develop those areas of work, through research, writing, convening, developing proposals, or other next steps.
  • Play a leadership role in one or more other projects as mutually agreed with the relevant policy centers. This may include work with outside coalitions and networks, project management, research and policy analysis, writing, presentation, developing a funding agenda, and/or other similar activities.
  • Actively participate and exercise a significant leadership role in CLASP committees and activities.


  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of vulnerable and low-income people and communities.
  • Experience with one or more of the major work support benefits programs (Medicaid, SNAP, child care subsidies) or other large public income or services programs.
  • Policy and/or operational experience in federal or state government or in related policy, service delivery, or advocacy organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, take responsibility, and strategically manage multiple, complex tasks with many participants.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong external and internal relationships and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to synthesize and effectively communicate ideas, in writing and orally.
  • Graduate degree required; at least 5 years of relevant work experience strongly encouraged.


SALARY: 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.

APPLICATION: Please send a resume and a cover letter by mail or e-mail to or Michelle Vinson, CLASP, 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036 and reference WSS Deputy Director in the Subject Line.

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 minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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