Senior Policy Analyst - Child Welfare Team

January 10, 2011

January 2011

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 good jobs. CLASP believes that individual children, adults, families, communities and the nation as a whole benefit when everyone has the opportunities and tools he or she needs to participate equally in what our country has to offer.

The Senior Policy Analyst will serve as a key member of the child welfare team.  The team's work focuses on promoting policies that provide a full continuum of support for children who are at risk of or have been abused or neglected, as well as their families.  Therefore we develop and advocate for policies that: prevent child abuse and neglect; lead to early and effective intervention when maltreatment does occur so that children can safely remain with their families; provide short-term, effective foster care and treatment when children cannot remain at home; ensure that children leave foster care, as soon as is safely possible, to return to their families or move to alternative permanent families; and provide support and services to youth who exit foster care without a permanent family.  CLASP analyzes federal and state policies and data to produces materials that explain the meaning and implications for policymakers, administrators, service providers and advocates at the federal, state and local levels.  CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings into non-technical terms that can be understood by a broader audience.  In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues. 

Job Responsibilities: Currently the work of the child welfare team centers in two broad areas: (1) ensuring that The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) is well implemented and (2) developing and advocating for comprehensive financing reform that better supports the full continuum of child welfare services vulnerable children and their families need.  Within these broad areas, the senior policy analyst will be assigned primary responsibility for particular topic areas.  However the senior policy analyst will work closely with the current senior policy analyst and team director to ensure that all work of the team is successfully completed.

Duties will include:

  • Research and write reports, policy analyses and issue briefs in substantive areas of work
  • Speak to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work 
  • Participate and play a leadership role in outside meetings, coalitions and networks
  • Track and analyze legislative and regulatory developments
  • Provide technical assistance to a wide variety of audiences through written materials, e-mails and on-site assistance
  • Analyze, synthesize and report on research and best practices regarding the substantive areas of  work
  • Identify new areas for investigation and related products
  • Advocate before legislative bodies and administrative agencies  

Requirements: This position requires a deep understanding of issues in child welfare, including prevention, early intervention, foster care, reunification, kinship care, adoption, and older youth.  In particular, an understanding of child welfare financing is important.  Excellent writing and oral communications skills are essential, as is the ability to synthesize complex research across multiple domains. Candidates should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Excellent policy analysis skills and the ability to present technical information to a non-technical audience are also required. This position requires a relevant master's degree or a juris doctorate.  At least five years of work experience directly related to the child welfare policy area is required. Candidates must also be willing to travel.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including health insurance, life and long-term disability 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 3 references to:            

Child Welfare - Senior Policy Analyst Position


1200 18th Street NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036

Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.


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