Senior Policy Analyst | Postsecondary Education


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to work on state and federal postsecondary policy.

Founded 50 years ago in Washington, D.C., CLASP is a national nonprofit that develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to improve low-income people’s lives. 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. Our goal is to ensure people with the greatest need receive comprehensive services to access postsecondary skills training opportunities and move up at work. That includes a 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. Adult and postsecondary education, workforce development, and reentry and reintegration policies and strategies should target and provide opportunities for people impacted by the criminal justice system.


The senior policy analyst will play a significant role in shaping the team’s advocacy agenda for state and federal postsecondary education policy.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Shaping federal and state advocacy strategies to improve postsecondary opportunities and career pathways for people with low incomes, youth and adults of color, immigrants, justice-impacted people, and under-represented students; 
  • Providing policy analysis and technical assistance through legislation and policy recommendations, presentations, on-site assistance, publications, commentaries, written materials, emails, and teleconferences; 
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work;
  • Leading and supporting policy convenings’ roundtables’ meetings’ and webinars with key stakeholders, including state and federal officials, policy experts, advocacy partners, and higher education leaders;
  • Writing high-quality reports, issue briefs, and commentaries in substantive areas of work;
  • Incorporating an anti-poverty, racial-equity lens into national, state, and local policy work; research and written products; technical assistance; advocacy strategies; and partnerships with key stakeholders;    
  • Playing a role in managing funder relationships, including writing grant reports and proposals in conjunction with the team director and others; 
  • Actively participating and exercising a leadership role in the postsecondary education and workforce development team and CLASP-wide activities (e.g., racial equity team, state technical assistance team); and
  • Building and maintaining relationships with diverse 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, people of color, and immigrants. 
  • Substantive expertise in state or federal postsecondary education policy, including knowledge of the Higher Education Act, is desirable but not required.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and persuasively, creatively communicate ideas 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 is required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • 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.

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.