Senior Policy Analyst | Youth Policy Team

05 Jul, 2021


Senior Policy Analyst | Youth Policy Team

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Washington, DC


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 that 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, and 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.

About the Youth Policy Team

The CLASP Youth Policy team seeks to advance a vision for policy and systems change co-created with youth and young adults, ages 16-25, that centers safety, healing and well-being, and economic and racial justice. The team advances policy, community strategies, and investments that support economic mobility, community safety, equal access to quality health and mental health resources, and that dismantle structural barriers preventing youth of color and youth with low incomes from opportunities to transform their lives.

We believe we must reimagine how public policy can respond to inequity beyond our existing systems. Our current mental health, education, and workforce development systems, among others, are steeped in historical and structural racism. Our team thinks beyond what is and demands what should be. CLASP’s youth policy work requires new decision-making structures, acknowledges failed and abandoned policies, and recognizes both historical harms and ongoing discrimination.

CLASP seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to join our team as we work together to advance this transformative vision for young people at the federal, state, and local level.

The Senior Policy Analyst will play a significant role in leading key areas of the team’s advocacy agenda in youth economic justice and opportunity. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading federal advocacy strategies to improve economic opportunity, educational equity, and racial justice for young people with low incomes, Opportunity Youth who are not engaged in school or work, young people of color, young people impacted by the criminal legal system, and other groups of youth who have been economically marginalized;
  • Providing policy analysis, policy recommendations, and technical assistance through presentations, on-site assistance, publications, commentaries, written materials, emails, and teleconferences;
  • Building relationships with staff from Capitol Hill and federal agencies to help advance our policy agenda;
  • Speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners on substantive areas of work, as well as journalists covering relevant policy issues;
  • Leading and supporting policy convenings, roundtables, meetings, and webinars with key stakeholders, including state and federal officials, policy experts, advocacy partners, coalitions, and young people;
  • Writing high-quality reports, issue briefs, and commentaries in substantive areas of work;
  • Centering racial equity in anti-poverty advocacy work at the national, state, and local level; research and written products; technical assistance; advocacy strategies; and partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Actively participating and exercising a leadership role in the Youth Policy team (including project-based supervision of colleagues, fellows, and interns), and CLASP-wide activities (e.g., Racial Equity team, State Technical Assistance team);
  • Building and maintaining relationships with diverse partners; and
  • Playing a role in managing funder relationships, including supporting grant reports and proposals in conjunction with the team director and others.


  • Substantive expertise in youth workforce development, educational equity, youth justice, or a combination of these areas acquired through policy advocacy, research, or direct-service experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of young people with low incomes, young people of color, and other groups of youth who have been marginalized while centering racial equity.
  • Youth work, coalition building, or community organizing experience strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, facilitation, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize information to persuasively and creatively communicate ideas to influence diverse audiences.
  • Ability to strategize to effectively meet a co-created vision.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders is required.
  • Strong analysis skills, including the capacity to understand legislative and regulatory text, assess political and budgetary contexts, 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.
  • Experience leading, managing, supervising, or mentoring colleagues is strongly preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel an average of 2-3 days per month when safe to do so.
  • Senior Policy Analysts typically have a 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.
  • 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, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.

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Job posted: 2021-07-05