November 16, 2009

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is seeking to hire a Policy Analyst to join its Youth Policy Team.

CLASP is a national non-profit policy organization that develops and advocates for policies at the federal, state, and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. CLASP's youth policy work focuses on the advancement of policy and practice that will dramatically improve the education, employment, and life outcomes for youth in communities of high youth distress. Our work focuses attention on the magnitude and dimension of the disadvantaged and disconnected youth problem, advocates for national policies, strategies, and investments to address the issue at scale; makes recommendation on federal legislation; engages in coalition-building work; advances solutions for organizing and strengthening community-based delivery of youth services; and identifies effective practice. (see www.clasp.org for more information)

The Policy Analyst position has the following specific responsibilities:  1) Analyzing and synthesizing the research, and documenting policies and practices at the federal, state, and local level that strengthen community strategies for reconnecting youth.   2) Conducting site visits, surveys, and focus group to identify and document policy and practices that enhance the development of multiple pathways to secondary and postsecondary credentials for out of school youth,  3) Providing technical assistance on these issues to a wide variety of audiences through written materials, e-mails, teleconferences, presentations, 3) supporting the convening of a network of local communities engaged in  peer-to-peer exchange on cross-system interventions, and 4) Writing policy briefs, reports, communications documents, and presentations.

Candidates should have the following skills/attributes: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; basic knowledge of youth development, education, and workforce related policy and legislation; experience analyzing youth policy and related legislation; ability to manage groups; willingness to travel; proficiency in Microsoft word, Excel, and Power Point; experience in web site maintenance a plus; able to work independently and function as part of a team; and able to prioritize multiple assignments.

CLASP will consider candidates with a minimum of a graduate level degree in public policy, public administration or related field.

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several 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 resume, writing sample, references, and a cover letter via email to: jobs@clasp.org.


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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