Senior Policy Analyst
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national, nonprofit, public policy, research and
technical assistance organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City and
Los Angeles. CSSP works to achieve a racially, socially, and economically just society in which all children,
youth, and families thrive.
CSSP strives to accomplish its mission by developing and advancing effective public policy; helping to
transform public systems to be more preventive, results-oriented, accountable and caring; and
supporting local leaders to create the community opportunities, supports, services and environments in
which all children and families can thrive. CSSP works in partnership with other national organizations,
foundations and governmental and community leaders to test new ideas and approaches, provide
technical assistance, generate new evidence and support networks of innovators. All of our work reflects
a long-standing organizational commitment to equity and social justice.
CSSP seeks a Senior Policy Analyst in its Washington D.C. office (preferred) to support its work in
multiple areas, with a primary focus on CSSP’s work with public human services and social services
systems. The Senior Policy Analyst will join and further the priorities of CSSP’s Systems Change team
primarily participating in CSSP’s role in child welfare reform efforts in the context of class action
litigation in New Mexico, New Jersey, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia. The Senior Policy
Analyst will be responsible for, including but not limited to: collecting, analyzing, and organizing
quantitative and qualitative data; research projects, as assigned; writing and editing briefs and reports;
analysis of policy and practice; and engaging with public agency system staff, community stakeholders,
families, and children. This position is ideal for someone interested in addressing disparities based on
race, ethnicity, gender and income in public policy and public system outcomes. Commitment to
advancing equity for children and families of color, LGBTQ individuals and immigrant families is a must.
Candidates with a strong background and expertise in child welfare or behavioral health, including
clinical practice, is strongly preferred.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for:
• Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
• Assistance in understanding and assessing adequacy of child welfare and behavioral health
system policies and practices.
• Assistance with state monitoring reports, compilation, graphs, data tracking, data validation and
• Assistance in developing a range of high-quality written materials, including background or
• Attending briefings and meetings, and preparing summaries for CSSP team.
• Representing CSSP externally with partners.
• Carrying out additional duties as needed.
If you had been working with us, here are some of the things you would have done in the last month:
• Analyzed and verified congregate care placement data for young children in foster care.
• Analyzed qualitative data to identify themes in child welfare service delivery and case planning.
• Compiled feedback on draft child welfare agency policy.
• Reviewed child welfare agency documentation for child and family cases.
• Compiled monitoring report to include – writing, creating graphs and figures, proof reading, and
Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will have:
• Commitment to equity and reducing disparities based on race, ethnicity, immigration status,
sovereignty, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity and socioeconomics.
• A graduate degree in public administration, public health, public policy, social work or related
fields with 5-7 years of relevant experience.
• Expertise in child welfare or behavioral health policy, clinical practice and improvement
strategies to bolster outcomes for those facing the greatest barriers to success.
• An understanding of the critical role parents play in the lives of young children and a strong
commitment to elevating the role of parents and youth as decision-makers.
• Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
• Excellent attention to detail, organizational and time management skills.
• Strong analytical and research skills.
• Demonstrated ability to manage projects, monitor responsibilities, and achieve goals.
• Ability to work well autonomously and as a member of a highly- collaborative team.
• Flexibility and an ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
• Curiosity and commitment to learning.
• Ability and willingness to travel.
• Knowledge of computers and technology: proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
and audio/visual and conference calling technology; experience with data analysis tools a plus.
Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits provided including short-term and
long-term disability, life insurance, health insurance, retirement benefits, generous vacation, sick and
holiday leave. CSSP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes that our organization and
our work benefit from the experiences and perspectives of a diverse staff.
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should send cover letter with salary requirements, resume and writing sample to
firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Your Name – Senior Policy Analyst).
Applications accepted until May 22 or until position is filled.
Job posted: 2020-05-11