Director | Legislative Affairs

Description

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is seeking a highly strategic and knowledgeable Director of Legislative Affairs to strengthen and execute CLASP’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, in partnership with CLASP’s policy teams.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization that centers racial equity. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. CLASP understands that poverty in America is inextricably tied to systemic racism. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, gender, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Youth Policy; Education, Labor and Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; and Immigration and Immigrant Families., We also work extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues such as criminal legal system reform and mental health.

The new Director will build on a strong foundation to take our legislative affairs work to the next level of impact through the continued co-development of CLASP’s legislative strategy and priorities with policy teams and organizational leadership. This will include increasing our visibility and deepening relationships with legislative staff and committees; seeking opportunities for CLASP experts to testify before Congressional committees and brief members on key issues; and continuing to broaden and deepen our reach on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, as appropriate.

The Director of Legislative Affairs will report to the Deputy Executive Director for Policy and work closely with CLASP’s President/Executive Director and senior leadership team. The Director will also partner with policy staff from across the organization, collaborating with them to advance their federal legislative priorities and building their understanding of the legislative process and strategies.

Requirements

Leveraging the capacity of CLASP’s highly regarded policy teams to strategically, effectively, and quickly inform Congressional deliberation and action by:

  • Proactively building and strengthening Congressional relationships through ongoing, regular contact with offices, senior staff, and members, focusing on committees of jurisdiction and key caucuses.
  • Maintaining and expanding CLASP’s Hill presence to increase the visibility of CLASP and our key priorities.
  • Increasing CLASP’s capacity to inform all phases of the legislative process, including being a thought partner with the Administration and Congressional members and staff (for example, during the development of legislative proposals).
  • Advocating for CLASP experts to testify at key Congressional hearings.
  • Monitoring emerging legislative developments and identifying opportunities or threats where CLASP’s policy knowledge and relationships could be of high impact
  • Coordinating CLASP’s rapid response to high-priority issues and threats, as well as requests from legislative staff, through direct engagement of members and staff using a range of communications strategies, in coordination with CLASP’s policy and communications teams.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the communications team on rapid response as well as in the development of statements, quotes, and synopses of longer reports to use with outreach to Hill staff.

Building CLASP’s internal capacity to be an effective partner to Hill staff and members, including:

  • Working with policy teams and communications to support them in developing overall strategies, written materials, briefings, and talking points that respond to the needs of and questions from members of Congress and their staffs.
  • Leading internal preparation for CLASP staff who are asked to testify and providing staffing to them in the hearings.
  • Developing skills of CLASP staff and partners, through training, coaching, and staff development activities.
  • Thinking strategically about CLASP’s role in coalitions and how to invest our time for maximum impact.
  • Maintaining information flow about Hill activities within CLASP, through e-mails, slack, tracking systems, and meetings.
  • Complying with federal and state lobbying reporting requirements.

Participating in CLASP-wide activities through the leadership team and other organization-wide activities (for example, the cross-CLASP committee on racial equity).

Direct supervision of one research assistant. 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of people with low incomes, to racial justice, and to CLASP’s vision, mission, and values.
  • At least 5-7 years of Capitol Hill legislative experience. Ability to build and strengthen relationships is essential, and recent experience (from either working on the Hill or in an external advocacy role) and current Hill relationships are strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge or previous experience building a strategic policy-advocacy framework and setting strategic priorities is required. Experience doing so in one or more of CLASP’s core policy areas is preferred.
  • Experience partnering with policy teams that have strong content expertise. Experience training and coaching policy staff and external partners on legislative processes and advocacy strategies is preferred. Experience with advocating in coalitions and an understanding of the roles involved in that is required. Understanding of our partner organizations (anti-poverty, early childhood, labor, racial equity/ immigration/civil rights) and their legislative roles/strategies is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Successful experience as a leader, through direct supervision and/or project leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 9 years of related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced degree and 7 years of related experience.
  • Position is based in Washington, D.C.

COVID POLICY

We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply).

COMPENSATION

Salary range: $114k – $152K – Compensation is commensurate with work experience.

CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurance options (most that currently require no employee-paid premiums). In addition, we provide the following benefits that currently require no employee-paid premiums: dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. Additionally, we offer a 403(b)-retirement program with employer contributions, flexible spending accounts, and a no-cost gym onsite at our D.C. office. Finally, we provide generous vacation (4 weeks in the first year), paid sick leave (3 weeks annually), two personal days a year, paid family and medical leave, and paid holiday schedule.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Cover Letters and Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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