Income and Work Supports Policy Analyst

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

07/25/2018

Address

1200 18th Street Northwest
Suite 200
Washington
District of Columbia
20036
United States

Description

ABOUT CLASP


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)—founded nearly 50 years ago in Washington, D.C.—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 this broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Income and Work Supports, Child Care and Early Education, Job Quality, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, and Youth Policy. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues like immigration and immigrant families, criminal justice reform, and mental health.


ABOUT CLASP’S INCOME AND WORK SUPPORTS TEAM


CLASP’s income and work supports team advocates for investments that stabilize low-income people at their times of greatest need. That includes public benefits that help people meet their family responsibilities, supplement their wages, and advance economically. Our work covers SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and Medicaid. It may also include programs like child support enforcement or disability benefits.


Our work is about getting results. That encompasses short-term policy changes and long-term efforts to change the way thought leaders approach these issues. Specific activities include policy analysis, identifying opportunities for improvement, understanding state options, monitoring and responding to state and federal legislative and regulatory activities, writing reports and commentaries, providing technical assistance to state and local advocates and policymakers, and public engagement.


We expect staff to collaborate with other teams to seize opportunities that cut across policies. Staff should also work together to strengthen CLASP’s internal capacity, such as our racial equity framework and data analysis work.


POSITION SUMMARY


CLASP’s income and work supports team seeks a policy analyst to work on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other public benefits at the federal and state levels.


Working with external partners, the policy analyst will determine the best way for CLASP to defend SNAP against threats. He/she will also promote best practices with regard to eligibility, enrollment, and engagement in employment and training activities. Lastly, the policy analyst will provide technical assistance on SNAP Employment and Training programs and access to SNAP for low-income college students.


RESPONSIBILITIES


The policy analyst will develop a strong understanding of SNAP and other income and work support programs. That includes the legislative and regulatory framework, historical context, racial equity implications, opportunities for improvement, and state and county choices. The successful candidate will:

  • Track SNAP policy issues, such as employment programs, the ABAWD time limit, eligibility rules, food purchasing restrictions, and various grant opportunities.
  • Analyze federal and state legislation and regulations.
  • Cultivate Congressional relationships.
  • Deeply engage anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates to learn about state issues and provide technical assistance.
  • Monitor federal regulations; submit comments on draft regulations; and explain notices of proposed rulemaking, as well as interim and final rules, to the field.
  • Monitor, synthesize, and report on academic and other research.
  • Develop a deep understanding of data, asking relevant questions and finding answers.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences through papers, briefings, convenings, presentations, and web content.
  • Build relationships with other leaders and organizations advancing similar policy issues.

In addition, the analyst will mentor and work closely with junior staff. He/she will also participate in cross-team work groups on issues like immigration.


QUALIFICATIONS


The successful candidate will have a passion for driving change and the commitment, skills, and experience to work with a team to make it happen. He/she will also possess the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and improving low-income people's lives.
  • Understands the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individuals.
  • Commitment to equity and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Considerable knowledge of SNAP and a general understanding of other income and work support programs (ideally from state or federal advocacy, policy, and/or operational experience).
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with an ability to influence diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build strong external and internal relationships, think strategically, and advance a policy agenda.
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand and use data to assess strengths and weaknesses of policy options as well as understand how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff.
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, with a drive to contribute original work.
  • Effectiveness under pressure, including the abilities to manage complex and multiple tasks, set priorities, and juggle multiple deadlines successfully.
  • At least 1 year of relevant direct service and/or policy experience.
  • Graduate degree in education, social work, public health, public policy/administration, or other relevant field is required.


This position is based in Washington, D.C.


SALARY: 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.


APPLICATION: Please send a resume and cover letter by mail or e-mail to jobs3@clasp.org.


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, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Benefits

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

jobs3@clasp.org
https://www.clasp.org/about/careers/policy-analyst-income-and-work-supports-snap

Please send a resume and cover letter by mail or e-mail to jobs3@clasp.org.


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, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.


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