Policy Analyst | Immigration and Immigrant Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a Policy Analyst to work on the Immigration and Immigrant Families policy team. CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes. Our mission is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, enhance stability, and create ladders to economic security for all. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

The Immigration and Immigrant Families team, one of six policy centers at CLASP, focuses on defending against harmful anti-immigrant policies and advocating for policies that promote the health and wellbeing of immigrant children, youth, and families. Our advocacy work is focused on immigration policies that keep families together, promote healthy child development, and strengthen economic security and educational opportunity. CLASP also co-chairs the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, whose mission is to protect immigrants’ and their families’ access to health, nutrition, and income supports.

The successful candidate will be at the heart of this important agenda, working with the Director of the Immigration and Immigrant Families team and collaborating across the organization’s policy teams to provide policy analysis and research, including about interior immigration enforcement, and undertake policy advocacy at the federal and state level. This role will also support the implementation of an exciting new effort to launch a national network of advocates and service providers focused on protecting and supporting children in immigrant families growing up in the interior of the United States. 

The successful candidate will have a passion for CLASP’s anti-poverty and racial equity agenda; very strong written and oral communication skills; ability to learn new policy areas quickly; demonstrated capacity to balance priorities in a high-intensity, mission-driven environment; strong organizational skills; and attention to detail.

Job Description
While the specific activities will depend on the advocacy agenda and the needs of the team as a whole, examples of likely activities include:

  • Analyzing federal and state immigration policy proposals and making recommendations on CLASP’s position;
  • Researching and writing high-quality reports, policy analyses, issue briefs, and blogs;
  • Supporting congressional or administrative advocacy, such as providing feedback on legislative proposals;
  • Coordinating activities of the new network on children of immigrants, including planning meetings of the coordinating committee, helping to launch new working groups, developing content for network eblasts, and recruitment and management of network members;
  • Responding to technical assistance requests from policymakers, advocates, and service providers;
  • Representing CLASP at Hill meetings, coalition meetings, and public speaking engagements;
  • Participating in internal CLASP working groups, such as the Immigration Working Group, Racial Equity Committee, and others.

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes, including a commitment to equity and reducing disparities based on race and ethnicity
  • Outstanding writing and oral communication skills with an ability to synthesize and effectively communicate ideas persuasively and creatively to influence diverse audiences.
  • Ability to set priorities; work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to learn new issues areas, assess the political and budgetary context, and use data to determine strengths and weaknesses of policy options.
  • Some knowledge of policies impacting immigrant families, such as interior immigration enforcement, public benefit policy, and/or other intersectional issues.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related experience or a master’s or other advanced degree.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (estimated at 10-20% of the time).
  • Fluency in another language other than English is a plus but not required.

Application Process

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance; 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.