Policy Analyst: Income and Work Supports

January 06, 2012

This position has been filled.

CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, 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 Workforce Development team conducts research, provides policy analysis, engages in advocacy, and offers targeted technical assistance at the federal, state, and local levels on a range of issues including workforce development, postsecondary and adult education, and income and work supports.

Job Responsibilities.  The Policy Analyst will work with the Senior Policy Analyst for Income and Work Supports, and other members of the Workforce Development Team on responsibilities that include:

  • Working with coalition partners to promote federal leadership in the goal of maximizing participation in public benefits;
  • Advocating for improved TANF and other income and work support policies at the federal and state levels, and defending these programs against cuts and restrictive policy changes;
  • Tracking and analyzing related legislative and regulatory developments;
  • Providing technical assistance to support improved policy and practice at the state and local level;
  • Conducting policy analysis, research, synthesis and reporting on research and state and local developments regarding access to income and work supports;
  • Providing technical assistance to community colleges, states and other interested parties on benefit access for students as part of an initiative to help colleges integrate access to federal and state supports and other existing public resources into college operations, including by contributing to websites, webinars and meetings; and
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work.

Job Qualifications include:

  • Policy analysis and advocacy experience of at least 2-5 years;
  • Knowledge of income and work supports, such as TANF, Food Stamps (SNAP), Medicaid/CHIP and refundable tax credits;
  • Excellent research, analytical, written and oral communication skills, and tech-savvy;
  • The capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team; and
  • Graduate degree in public policy/administration or other relevant field is generally required.

The ideal candidate would also demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Understanding of health care reform and its implications for increased access to other human service programs;
  • Understanding of issues regarding access to public benefits by immigrants and members of mixed-status families; and
  • Understanding of employment and income support programs for individuals with disabilities; and
  • Knowledge and experience with the legislative process, with providing technical assistance, and with coalition building.

Salary: 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.

Application: Please send a resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter, by mail or email to: jobs@clasp.org or Michelle Vinson, CLASP, 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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