Policy Analyst | Education, Labor & Worker Justice

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Salary Range: $66,000 – $77,000


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 with the goals of eliminating poverty, improving the lives of people with low incomes, and advancing racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers individuals and families face because of 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, 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.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor & Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy. The Youth Policy team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work focused on the justice system and mental health.


The Center for Law and Social Policy seeks a Policy Analyst who will work with the Education, Labor & Worker Justice team of policy experts who advocate for workforce development, job quality, workers’ rights, and postsecondary education policies that uplift Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) students, workers, and families and people with low incomes.

The Education, Labor &  Worker Justice (ELWJ) team places a strong focus on ensuring that all jobs are quality jobs and all workers—and would-be workers—have ongoing access to equitable, accessible, and affordable high-quality postsecondary education and training opportunities with a focus on those engaged in work paying low wages. Quality jobs mean that workers have access to existing and new labor standards and work supports that are centered on equity, such as paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and fair work schedules. Worker and workplace justice means that workers are free to exercise their rights, including their right to organize; labor laws are respected and enforced; and workplaces are free from discrimination, harassment, and intimidation.

We situate our work in a worker justice framework that emphasizes the impact of structural changes in the labor market on workers in low-wage sectors, especially workers of color. The team 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 and building power 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 work 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 CLASP staff 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 and community 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, and in partnership with, 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, with 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 or lived 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. or willing to relocate

COVID Requirements:

Full COVID-19 vaccinations are required for new hires effective February 2022 or a required weekly negative COVID test (for non-vaccinated employees) with documentation shared with Human Resources.


Salary Range: $66,000 – $77,000. The range is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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 and 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 holiday schedules.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in CLASP’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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.