Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Policy Analyst Position


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a policy analyst to analyze federal, state and local policies across postsecondary education, workforce development, and adult education.

Founded 50 years ago in Washington, D.C., CLASP is a national nonprofit organization that develops and advocates for federal, state, and local policy to improve the lives of low-income people. We view all our work through a racial-equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around six policy teams: Child Care and Early Education, Youth Policy, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, Income and Work Supports, Immigration and Immigrant Families, and Job Quality. 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.

CLASP works across all levels of government. Our federal policy work is informed by our technical assistance to states and local areas/institutions. And our ability to provide technical assistance is enhanced by our knowledge of federal policy.


CLASP has a long-standing commitment to workforce development, basic skills development, and postsecondary education as key economic mobility strategies for adults and youth with low incomes.

We advocate for federal, state, and local policies that expand access for low-income people and people of color to family-sustaining jobs, with a particular focus on policies that help adults improve their basic skills, access and complete postsecondary education, support themselves and their families while they advance, and succeed in the labor market.

We work to break down barriers, increase investment in economic mobility, close equity gaps, and expand access to workforce development and postsecondary programs for low-income individuals. We seek to ensure people with the greatest need receive comprehensive services to access postsecondary training opportunities and move up at work. This includes a deliberate focus on equity for people of color and immigrants. We also work across CLASP policy teams to address the intersections between economic justice and criminal justice reform. CLASP believes adult and postsecondary education, workforce development, and reentry and reintegration policies and strategies should target and provide opportunities to people impacted by the criminal justice system.


The policy analyst will work closely with Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Team to advance policies that improve the lives of students and workers with low incomes.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze federal, state, and local policies that increase access to postsecondary education, adult education, workforce development, and education and training opportunities, such as federal programs authorized under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);
  • Track and analyze legislative and regulatory developments at federal and state levels;
  • Collaborate with team members and advocacy partners to develop policy advocacy strategies that promote racial equity for people with low incomes, youth and adults of color, immigrant youth and adults, and justice-impacted individuals;
  • Provide 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;
  • Speak to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work;
  • Support policy convenings, roundtables, meetings, and webinars with key stakeholders and advocacy partners;
  • Write high-quality reports, fact sheets, issue briefs, and commentaries across areas of work;
  • Provide research support to the director and senior policy analysts; and
  • Build and maintain relationships with diverse partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required with a minimum of 2 years’ related experience or a master’s or other advanced degree.
  • Commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, people of color, immigrants, and workers.
  • Strong research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and persuasively, creatively communicate ideas to influence diverse audiences.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand complex legislative and regulatory provisions, assess the political and budgetary context, and use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options.
  • Strong quantitative skills are preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.


Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurance options, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a 403(b)-retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

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

Please apply here

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.