Policy Analyst | Youth


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a policy analyst to work on its youth team.

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 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 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. CLASP understands that poverty in America is inextricably tied to systemic racism. That’s why racial equity is our core value and informs all aspects of our organizational culture and the way we think about and approach our policy, issue, and advocacy areas.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor, and Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy.

About the Youth Policy Team

The team seeks to advance a vision for policy and systems change co-created with youth and young adults, ages 16-25, that centers safety, healing and well-being, and economic and racial justice. The team advances policy, community strategies, and investments that support economic mobility, community safety, equal access to quality health and mental health resources, and that dismantle structural barriers preventing youth of color and youth with low incomes from opportunities to transform their lives. The CLASP Youth Policy Team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work, including justice and safe communities, that center youth but include a broader population focus.


The policy analyst will play a significant role in supporting key areas of the team’s advocacy agenda in youth economic justice and opportunity, while helping to make connections across the team’s areas of work. At various times, the policy analyst’s work may include:

  • Tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments at the federal level and for select states and localities.
  • Building and maintaining relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with other leaders, young people. and organizations  advancing similar policy issues and with committee staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Deeply engaging with youth development, youth workforce development, health, justice, education, and anti-poverty advocates about CLASP’s policy solutions.
  • Staying up to date on federal regulations, including submitting comments on behalf of CLASP about draft regulations as well as explaining notices of proposed rulemaking, interim, and final rules to the field.
  • Working in collaboration with other policy teams at CLASP to provide technical assistance and policy solutions to state and local advocates and leaders.
  • Monitoring, synthesizing, and reporting on findings from academic and other research organizations, in support of key advocacy goals.
  • Identifying policy-relevant data questions and answering them with available data.
  • Writing and speaking to diverse audiences (thought leaders and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels) about key ideas and lessons through papers, briefings, convenings, presentations, and web content.
  • Writing reports and fact sheets to document effective state policies and program elements for reentry and reintegration for returning citizens.
  • Leading discussions with policymakers and representing CLASP at national conferences.
  • Monitoring federal regulations; submitting comments on draft regulations; and explaining notices of proposed rulemaking, as well as interim and final rules.


  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes while centering racial equity, and to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individual lives.
  • A passion for driving change on behalf of young people living in poverty and those impacted by systemic inequities.
  • Direct experience working with youth and/or families from communities with low incomes.
  • Substantive expertise in youth policy and/or youth development acquired through policy advocacy, research, direct service or lived experience.
  • Outstanding writing and oral communication skills, with an ability to synthesize and effectively communicate ideas persuasively and creatively to influence diverse audiences.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand and use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options, and understanding how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff.
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, with a drive to contribute original work.
  • Effectiveness under pressure, including the abilities to manage complex and multiple tasks, set priorities, and juggle multiple deadlines successfully.
  • Experience in youth economic justice and opportunity policy or advocacy is preferred.
  • Candidates who have demonstrated experience and/or interest in the circumstances of the most vulnerable youth, including youth of color, youth from immigrant families, youth with systems involvement (child welfare, justice system), and opportunity youth are preferred.
  • Experience in meeting management and facilitation, supporting state and/or local government technical assistance to improve education, criminal justice, corrections, and/or workforce policies—along with general youth policy/youth development knowledge—is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Excel and Power Point is required, with experience in website content management systems and HTML preferred.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.

COVID Policy:

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


$66,000-$77,000 (Salary is commensurate with 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

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must send all requested materials and follow the process outlined above to be considered. 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