Policy Analyst | Team of the Deputy Executive Director for Policy

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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 race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status. For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through our 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 the Deputy Executive Director for Policy to provide cross-cutting support to CLASP’s policy and advocacy agenda. 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. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues such as criminal justice reform and mental health. The Policy Analyst will provide direct support to the Deputy ED for Policy while working across the range of CLASP’s issue areas to support the organization’s broad anti-poverty and racial equity agenda and promote CLASP-wide advocacy and policy priorities. 

This is a new position that emerges from an organizational goal to enhance our cross-cutting advocacy capacity in order to seize opportunities across our legislative and administrative advocacy agendas. The Policy Analyst will support CLASP policy priorities with a focus on federal administrative advocacy.

Requirements

The Policy Analyst will support CLASP’s advocacy for people with low incomes and people of color by: 

  • Researching  and writing high-quality reports, policy analyses, and issue briefs in  substantive areas of work;
  • Providing project  management, logistical support, and outreach for cross-cutting advocacy  activities, such as briefings and webinars; 
  • Supporting  and participating in CLASP’s direct outreach to senior administration officials (for example, preparing, participating in, and following up on meetings) and legislative leaders in partnership with the Deputy ED and other Leadership Team members (such as the Director of Legislative Affairs and the ED);
  • Gathering and analyzing academic and policy research; statistical data; and federal or state policy or implementation data; 
  • Conducting web-based research, interviewing stakeholders, and undertaking other research;
  • Writing commentaries and blogs that address urgent policy issues, often by providing data or research to inform the debate;
  • Developing written and graphical presentations of research; 
  • Helping to produce CLASP reports, comments, and presentations; and
  • Representing CLASP at various coalitions, events, and briefings.

Qualifications

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

  • 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, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individuals and to promoting equity through policymaking.
  • 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.
  • Ability to flexibly apply existing skills and knowledge to new content areas, tasks, or projects—and to do so with increasing independence.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand complex legislative and regulatory provisions, as well as assess the political and budgetary context and policy options.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to synthesize policy priorities effectively, persuasively, and creatively for policymakers, advocates, and the general public.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills and ability to analyze large data sets.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and Power Point, is required. Proficiency in a statistical analysis program such as Stata, SPSS, or R, is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related experience or a master’s or other advanced degree.

Compensation

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; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Application process

Applicants, please apply here:

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to every applicant. 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.