Senior Policy Analyst, Postsecondary Education | Education, Labor, and Worker Justice

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a senior policy analyst to work on its Education, Labor & Worker Justice team. The team is seeking analysts with expertise in postsecondary education policy or job quality, including paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, labor standards enforcement, and workers’ rights.


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 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.

CLASP Values for Racial Equity

We understand that inclusion is only the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity, in our society and within our organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in how we shape our organizational culture and engage in our policy and advocacy efforts. However, we also know that to move beyond inclusion and to achieve true racial equity, we must be intentional in centering and prioritizing the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color.

At CLASP, 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. For true and sustainable change to happen in our country, historically white founded and led policy and advocacy organizations must commit to full and immersive racial equity.


The Education, Labor & Worker Justice team is a newly configured policy team that advocates for workforce development, job quality, workplace and worker justice, 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 high-quality education and training opportunities with a focus on those engaged in work paying low wages. Quality jobs mean that workers have access to 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. Workplace and worker 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 work to increase access to high-quality postsecondary education, workforce development, and adult education opportunities for people with low incomes, youth and adults of color, immigrants, and students who are under-represented.

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.

I. The Senior Policy Analyst for postsecondary education will lead advocacy and implementation strategies for policies that expand access to high-quality postsecondary education for people with low incomes, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, immigrants, adult learners, and more.


Working closely with the director and members of the Education, Labor & Worker Justice team, the senior policy analysts will play a significant role in shaping and moving the team’s advocacy agenda for postsecondary education and/or job quality and workplace and worker justice.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead federal and state advocacy strategies aligned with the goals of the Education, Labor & Worker justice team;
  • Provide policy analysis and technical assistance to a variety of audiences through legislation and policy recommendations, presentations, on-site assistance, publications, commentaries, e-mails, and teleconferences; Speak to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work;
  • Lead and support policy convenings, roundtables, meetings, and webinars with key stakeholders, including state leaders and agency officials, policy experts, advocacy partners, labor and community-based organizations, education providers, and higher education leaders;
  • Write high-quality reports, issue briefs, and commentaries in substantive areas of work;
  • Incorporate an anti-poverty, racial-equity lens into all national, state, and local policy work; research and written products; technical assistance; advocacy strategies; and partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Assist on occasion in responding to media inquiries on relevant issues;
  • Play a role in managing funder relationships, including writing grant reports and proposals;
  • Play a leadership role on the Education, Labor & Worker Justice team as well as CLASP-wide activities (e.g., racial equity team, state technical assistance team);
  • Partner with CLASP policy teams to advance our work at the intersection of economic justice and criminal justice reform; and
  • Build and maintain relationships with diverse advocacy and community partners


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years’ related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced degree and 5 years’ related experience. Policy and advocacy experience as well as lived experience in higher education industry, labor organizing, workforce development, etc. all count toward relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, people of color, individuals impacted by the justice system, and immigrants. Substantive expertise in one of the following areas is required: Postsecondary education, job quality (including paid family and medical leave, sick days, or fair scheduling), or labor standards enforcement and workers’ rights. Substantive expertise in federal workforce development policies, including WIOA and registered apprenticeships, is desirable but not required.
  • Familiarity with criminal justice policy or immigration a plus.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize ideas and communicate them persuasively and/or creatively to influence diverse audiences. Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand complex legislative and regulatory provisions, assess the political and budgetary context, and use data to determine strengths and weaknesses of policy options.
  • 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.
  • Experience in responding to media inquiries is also a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.


Salary Range: $76,000 – $89,000; Salary is commensurate with experience.

CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurances options, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a 403(b)-retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.

Application Process


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

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.