Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Policy | Youth Policy Team

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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 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, and Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy.


The disproportionate impact our criminal legal system has on individuals living in poverty and communities of color is core to CLASP’s commitment to advancing economic justice. CLASP approaches our intersectional justice portfolio through a three-pillar strategy that combats the disparate and draconian decades-long impact of mass incarceration. In this strategy, we advocate for policies centered on no-entry (mostly focused on diversion and prevention for youth and young adults); entry (mitigating further detrimental impact on people while incarcerated through targeted education, training, employment, and mental health services); and reentry (rebuilding opportunities and reducing collateral consequences focused on postsecondary and employment pathway and jobs, mental health, and access to food and nutrition benefits).

Our work is grounded in a deep understanding of the lived experiences, strengths, and challenges of impacted populations; robust data and research; and practitioners’ and state/local leaders’ insights about barriers that undermine strategies, programs, and interventions for and with incarcerated individuals and returning citizens.


The CLASP Youth Policy Team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work that center youth but include a broader population focus. Justice and Safe Communities is one of these areas; the Director of the Youth team will provide day-to-day guidance for the Senior Policy Analyst. 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 wellbeing, and economic and racial justice. The team advocates for policy, community strategies, and investments that support economic mobility, community safety, and equal access to quality health and mental health resources, and that dismantle structural barriers that prevent youth of color and youth with low incomes from opportunities to transform their lives. The Directors of the Youth Policy team and the Education, Labor, and Worker Justice (ELWJ) team will jointly be responsible for providing guidance and input to the strategic choices in the justice work.


The Senior Policy Analyst will work closely with members of the Youth, ELWJ, and other CLASP teams to conceptualize, implement, and lead or co-lead the organization’s justice and safe communities’ agenda. The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for shaping the overall strategy in partnership with the policy team leads, maintaining cross-team relationships, leading, and conducting important components of the work, and making policy and partnership connections across the organization. At various times, the Senior Policy Analyst’s work may include:

  • Proposing and shaping, in partnership with the policy team directors and senior leadership, the overall strategic direction for CLASP’s intersectional justice agenda, building on the organization’s history and strengths, the voices of partners and impacted people, and the opportunities to make a difference.
  • Authoring reports and fact sheets to document effective state policies and program elements for reentry and reintegration for returning citizens, from incarceration to reentry pathways.
  • Representing CLASP’s intersectional justice agenda at national conferences and coalitions.
  • 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.
  • Providing responsive and proactive technical assistance in partnership with CLASP teams to advocates and leaders at the state and local levels.
  • Tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments at the federal level and in select states and localities related to criminal justice reform, education, workforce development, and the criminalization of immigrants.
  • Cultivating relationships with Capitol Hill personnel, committee staff, and members of the administration.
  • Deeply engaging with justice, youth development, workforce development, health, education, and anti-poverty advocates about CLASP's policy solutions.
  • Monitoring federal regulations; submitting comments on draft regulations; and explaining notices of proposed rulemaking, as well as interim and final rules, to the field.
  • 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.
  • Building relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with other leaders and organizations advancing similar policy issues as well as with funders and journalists interested in the issue.
  • Elevating and centering the voices of directly impacted advocates in policy discussions to include policy development and implementation.

In addition, the Senior Policy Analyst will collaborate with Research Assistants, peers, and Directors across the organization and provide project-based supervision as needed.


The successful candidate will have a passion for driving change on behalf of populations in poverty and those impacted by systemic inequities in the American criminal legal system. They will also possess the following qualifications:

  • Senior Policy Analysts typically have a 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes, and to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individual lives.
  • Substantive expertise in the impact of the criminal legal system on individuals, families, and communities acquired through policy advocacy, research, direct service, or lived experience.
  • Commitment to racial equity and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders; established relationships with national, state, and/or local criminal justice advocates and stakeholders preferred.
  • Ability to design meeting and convening agendas, to include setting goals and objectives, drafting speaker talking points, and developing relevant materials.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with an ability to persuasively and creatively communicate ideas to influence diverse audiences.
  • Strong analysis skills, including the capacity to understand legislative and regulatory text, assess political and budgetary contexts, use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options, and understand how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff.
  • 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, with a drive to contribute original work.
  • Ability to strategize to effectively meet a co-created vision.
  • Experience supporting state and/or local government technical assistance to improve education, criminal justice, corrections, and/or workforce policies preferred. Experience leading, managing, supervising, or mentoring colleagues is strongly preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel an average of 2-3 days per month when safe to do so.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.

COVID Requirements:

Full COVID 19 vaccination requirements for new hires effective early February 2022 or required weekly negative covid test (for non-vaccinated employees) with documentation shared with HR.


Salary Range: $76,000 – $89,000

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.

Application Process:


Please include a cover letter with your submission. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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.