CLASP - Center for Law and Social Policy

Center for Law and Social Policy

Senior Policy Analyst
Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Team

Based in Washington, DC


Salary Range: $68,900 – $106,000

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to work on federal and state workforce development policy.

Founded 50 years ago in Washington, D.C., CLASP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for low-income people. We view all our work through a racial equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around six policy teams: Child Care and Early Education, Youth Policy, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, Income and Work Supports, Immigration and Immigrant Families, and Job Quality. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues such as criminal justice reform and mental health.

CLASP works across all levels of government. Our federal policy work is informed by our technical assistance to states and local areas/institutions. And our ability to provide technical assistance is enhanced by our knowledge of federal policy.


CLASP has a long-standing commitment to workforce development, basic skills development, and postsecondary education as key economic mobility strategies for adults and youth with low incomes.

We advocate for federal, state, and local policies that expand access for low-income people and people of color to family-sustaining jobs, with a particular focus on policies that help adults improve their basic skills, access and complete postsecondary education, support themselves and their families while they advance, and succeed in the labor market.

We work to break down barriers, increase investment in economic mobility, close equity gaps, and expand access to workforce development and postsecondary programs for low-income individuals. We seek to ensure people with the greatest need receive comprehensive services to access postsecondary skills training opportunities and move up at work. We also strongly emphasize equity for people of color and immigrants. In addition, the team addresses intersections between economic justice and criminal justice reform. CLASP believes adult and postsecondary education, workforce development, and reentry and reintegration policies and strategies should target and provide opportunities to people impacted by the criminal justice system.

A key feature of this team is its unique role aligning postsecondary education, workforce development, and adult education. We also offer deep expertise on the connections between basic needs programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, childcare), job quality, and education and workforce systems.


  • Working closely with the director and members of the postsecondary education and workforce development team, the senior policy analyst will play a significant role in shaping and moving the team’s advocacy agenda for workforce development.
  • Lead federal and state advocacy strategies to increase access to workforce development and education and training opportunities. These include federal programs authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships; and career pathways to promote greater access for low-income people, youth and adults of color, immigrants, and underrepresented students.
  • 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.
  • 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, workforce development boards, labor and community-based organizations, adult education providers, and higher education leaders.
  • Write high-quality reports, issue briefs, and commentaries in substantive areas of work.
  • 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.
  • Play a role in managing funder relationships, including writing grant reports and proposals.
  • Play a leadership role in the postsecondary education and workforce development team as well as CLASP-wide activities (e.g., racial equity team, state technical assistance team).
  • Build and maintain relationships with diverse partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years’ related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced and 5 years’ related experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes, people of color, and immigrants.
  • Substantive expertise in federal workforce development policies, including WIOA and registered apprenticeships, is desirable but not required.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and persuasively, creatively communicate ideas 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.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C.

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.


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