Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst | Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success

June 11, 2013

SUBECT AREAS OF PRIMARY WORK: This position is in CLASP’s Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES). C-PES advocates for better policies, more investment and greater political will to increase the number of underrepresented students who earn postsecondary credentials that open doors to good jobs, career advancement and economic mobility.  In addition, candidates with cross-cutting skills and interests may also have the opportunity to work with other Centers at CLASP on related issues that affect low-income children, youth, and adults, such as child care and access to work support benefits.

The focus of this position is on promoting federal, state and institutional postsecondary policy and program innovations to meet the financial needs of underrepresented students, including working adults and disconnected youth. Because of the major public and private interest in community colleges and other post-secondary opportunities as a key to career success, this work is highly visible and very important to state and federal policy decision-makers, as well as to families themselves. 


  • Support states and community colleges in successfully implementing innovative approaches to low-income students’ financial needs by providing technical assistance on substantive areas of work through written materials, phone and email communication and on-site consultation;
  • Provide strategic direction and management of one or more foundation-supported projects promoting innovation by community colleges and states to help low-income students including providing strategic direction for meetings, webinars, and conference calls, working closely with many different partners (including community college sites, funders, technical assistance partners, other experts and stakeholders), and facilitating cross-site learning and information exchange;
  • Conduct research and policy analysis on substantive areas of work including researching and writing papers, policy briefs and web postings;
  • Monitor, synthesize, and report on findings from academic and other research organizations with relevance to substantive areas of work;
  • Represent CLASP and speak to a wide variety of audiences on substantive areas of work;
  • Participate and play a leadership role in outside meetings, coalitions and networks
  • Use social media to support  C-PES’  technical  assistance and policy advocacy goals;
  • Actively participate and exercise a significant leadership role in team meetings, and other CLASP committees and activities;
  • Effectively carry out administrative responsibilities.


  • Commitment to improving the circumstances of vulnerable and low-income people and communities;
  • Experience with community college policy and practices, especially related to student support strategies, including financial stability supports;
  • Ability to synthesize and effectively communicate ideas;
  • Ability to strategically manage complex and multiple tasks and produce deliverables within required time lines;
  • Ability to identify, understand and develop response to technical assistance needs;
  • Policy analysis and/or management experience of at least 2-5 years;
  • Excellent research, analytical, written and oral communication skills, and tech-savv; and
  • The capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.


  • Familiarity with federal and state financial aid and income support policies and practices is desirable;
  • Ability to analyze, summarize and  interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data is desirable; and
  • Graduate degree in public policy/administration/management or other relevant field is required.

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, references, writing sample 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.

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer, and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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