Policy Analyst | Education, Labor & Worker Justice Team

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. 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. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, deeply knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.

CLASP seeks a Policy Analyst who will work with a team of policy experts who advocate for workforce development, job quality, and postsecondary education policies that uplift Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students, workers, and families and people with low incomes. The Education, Labor and Worker Justice (ELWJ) team places a strong focus on ensuring that all jobs are good jobs and all workers—and would-be workers—have ongoing access to high-quality education and training opportunities with a focus on those engaged in work paying low wages.

The team also focuses on dismantling and reforming systemic and institutional failures in higher education, the labor market, and the workforce system that have widened the racial wealth gap, denied opportunity and access to students and workers of color, and perpetuated inequity. Our work prioritizes an intentional focus on equity for people with low incomes, BIPOC, and immigrants. We also work across CLASP policy teams to address the intersections between economic justice and criminal justice reform.


The policy analyst will support the ELWJ team and CLASP’s advocacy for people with low incomes and people of color by:

  • Tracking and analyzing federal, state, and local policies that increase access to high-quality postsecondary and adult education; workforce development and training opportunities; stable, high- wage employment; and job quality policies (such as paid leave, paid sick days and fair scheduling).
  • Collaborating with team members and advocacy partners to develop strategies that promote equity for CLASP’s priority populations.
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, and briefings.
  • Researching and writing high-quality reports, policy analyses, issue briefs, commentaries, blogs, and presentations in substantive areas of work.
  • Providing policy analysis and technical assistance on substantive issues to a wide variety of audiences through policy recommendations, presentations, on-site assistance, publications, commentaries, written materials, e-mails, and teleconferences.
  • Supporting policy convenings, roundtables, meetings, and webinars with key stakeholders and advocacy partners.
  • Gathering and analyzing academic and policy research; statistical data; and federal or state policy or implementation data.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with a diverse set of advocacy partners.
  • Participating actively in the ELWJ team and CLASP-wide activities (such as CLASP’s racial equity working group and others).


The successful candidate will have a passion for driving change on behalf of students, workers, and families with low incomes as well the commitment, skills, and experience to work with others to make that change happen.


  • A strong desire to learn and expand their policy and advocacy skills through individual and collaborative team projects and research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes.
  • Commitment to understanding the structural implications of income and inequities based in racial and ethnic discrimination on communities, families, and individuals.
  • Commitment to promoting equity through policymaking.
  • Ability to flexibly apply existing skills and knowledge to new content areas, tasks, or projects—and to do so with increasing independence.
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
  • Policy analysis experience, plus the capacity and desire to learn complex legislative and regulatory provisions.
  • Demonstrated written, oral, and digital communication skills with the ability to synthesize policy priorities for multiple audiences (e.g., policymakers, advocates, and the general public).
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills.
  • Knowledge and advocacy experience in postsecondary education, workforce development, job quality, or a related policy area is desired but not required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two (2) years of related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced degree. Policy and advocacy experience as well as lived experience in higher education industry, labor organizing, workforce development, etc. all count toward relevant experience.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.


Salary Range: $62,000 – $73,000

Salary is commensurate with experience.

CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance; dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; long-term care insurance; 403(b) retirement program with match; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation, paid sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Application process

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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 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.