Senior Policy Analyst | Workforce Development
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a senior policy analyst with expertise in workforce development to work on its Education, Labor & Worker Justice team.
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.
About the Education, Labor & Worker Justice Team
The Education, Labor & Worker Justice team is a newly configured policy team that advocates for bold, worker-centered policies to address the inequitable and unjust nature of work paying low wages, including the root causes and disproportionate impact of those inequities on BIPOC workers. Supporting this north star goal are the twin strategies of creating pathways to better jobs for workers earning low wages—with a specific focus on workers of color—and improving the jobs workers currently have. To create pathways to better jobs, we advocate for accessible and equitable workforce development opportunities, subsidized jobs programs, and postsecondary education. To improve existing jobs in low-wage sectors, we work to increase worker power—including the right to organize—and advocate for specific policies that improve job quality, such as access to paid leave and sick days, fair scheduling, and more robust enforcement of current labor law.
Our commitment to advancing economic justice would be incomplete without acknowledging the disproportionate impact our criminal legal system has on individuals living in poverty and communities of color. The ELWJ team works in close partnership with our Youth and Justice teams on efforts to combat the disparate and draconian decades-long impact of mass incarceration.
The Senior Policy Analyst will lead advocacy and implementation of our workforce development strategy.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Lead federal and state advocacy workforce development 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
- Center racial equity and incorporate an anti-poverty, racial equity focus into all national, state, and local policy work; research and written products; technical assistance; advocacy strategies; and partnerships with key stakeholders
- Build relationships with staff from Capitol Hill and federal agencies to help advance our policy agenda
- Build relationships and represent CLASP and the ELWJ team with external partners and allies and within national and state-level coalitions
- 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
- Collaborate and coordinate workforce development strategies with other CLASP teams and lead internal cross-team workforce development meetings
- Write high-quality reports, issue briefs, and commentaries in substantive areas of work
- Partner with CLASP policy teams to advance our work at the intersection of economic justice, youth policy and criminal legal system reform
- 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, including possible supervision of ELWJ team members, as well as with CLASP-wide activities (e.g., racial equity team, state technical assistance team); 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 administering workforce development programs count toward relevant experience. Direct experience with workforce development programs is a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes, as well as to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individual lives.
- Substantive expertise in one of the following areas related to workforce development is required: Apprenticeship programs, subsidized or transitional employment, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and related workforce development programs, adult postsecondary education focused on career development, or direct experience in workforce development programs.
- Familiarity with the range of ELWJ issues, including policy related to postsecondary education for people with low incomes, individuals impacted by the criminal legal system, immigrants, and adult learners is a plus.
- Familiarity with the impact of the criminal legal system on individuals, families, and communities acquired through policy advocacy, research, direct service, or lived experience is also a plus.
- Exceptional research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesize ideas and communicate them persuasively.
- 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 leading, managing, supervising, or mentoring colleagues is required.
- Experience in responding to media inquiries is also a plus.
- Ability and willingness to travel (as public health guidance allows).
- Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.
We have a mandatory vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply).
People with 7 years of relevant experience are typically offered $76,000 – $89,000; those with 9 years of relevant experience are typically offered $89,000 – $102,000, and individuals with 11 or more years of relevant experience are typically offered $102,000 – $110,000.
(A related advanced degree may be substituted for two years of experience)
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, 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 DC office. Finally, we provide generous vacation (4 weeks in the first year), paid sick leave (3 weeks annually), 2 personal days a year, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and paid holiday schedule.