Senior Policy Analysts | Education, Labor & Worker Justice Team

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks two senior policy analysts to work on its Education, Labor & Worker Justice team. The team is seeking analysts with experience working in workplace and worker justice, workforce development, job quality, or postsecondary education policy.

About CLASP 

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 efforts to combat the disparate and draconian decades-long impact of mass incarceration.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Senior Policy Analyst(s) will lead advocacy and implementation strategies in one of the core ELWJ policy areas: workforce development; job quality, including expanded access to paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and fair scheduling; labor standards enforcement and workers’ rights; or access to high-quality postsecondary education for people with low incomes, individuals impacted by the criminal legal system, immigrants, and adult learners.

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;  
  • Center racial equity and 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; 
  • 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; 
  • 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 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. 

Requirements 

  • 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 the labor movement or in workforce development programs, may count toward relevant experience. 
  • 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 is required: job quality, including paid family and medical leave, sick days, or fair scheduling; workforce development, including experience with WIOA, apprenticeship programs, or subsidized employment; labor standards enforcement and workers’ rights; or postsecondary education. Familiarity with the range of ELWJ issues is a plus.
  • In addition to deep expertise in one of the core ELWJ policy areas, our preferred candidate will have 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.
  • 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 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.  

COVID Policy:

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

Compensation: 

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 advance degree may be substituted for two years of experience) 

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, and flexible spending accounts, as well as generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules. 

Application Process:

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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.