Policy Analyst/Public Policy Team

Center for the Study of Social Policy | Washington, DC


The  (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 is committed to securing equitable opportunities and optimal outcomes for children and families. CSSP strives to achieve this by focusing on the families facing the most significant barriers – including families living in poverty and those whose lives are affected by discrimination based on race, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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. 

Job Summary

CSSP seeks a Policy Analyst in its Washington D.C. office to support its work advancing CSSP’s public policy agenda and policy projects. CSSP’s policy work is focused on advancing equity and improving outcomes for children and their families. The position offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of policy issues, including child welfare, poverty, health and other social and economic policy issues. The Policy Analyst’s work will support all aspects of CSSP’s policy agenda but candidates with a strong anti-poverty background are preferred. The Policy Analyst will conduct policy and program research, analyze policy, regulations and administrative data sets and contribute to the design and preparation of technical assistance issue briefs and tools. This position is ideal for someone interested in addressing disparities in public policy and public systems. We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual to work closely with CSSP’s cross-disciplinary policy team and reporting to CSSP’s Vice President for Public Policy. Commitment to advancing equity for children and families of color, LGBTQ individuals and immigrant families is a must. 


The Policy Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in developing a range of high quality written materials, including policy reports and policy memos
  • Facilitating both in-person and webinar discussions on related policy topics
  • Drafting organizational comments and statement for the record responding to federal policy actions
  • Conducting state and federal policy scans
  • Tracking policy proposals and implementation in assigned content areas
  • Helping to prepare and complete deliverables and reports to funders
  • Representing CSSP externally by attending policy briefings and meetings
  • Additional duties as needed

If you were working with us, here are some of the things you would have done in the last month:

  • Drafted comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making for changes to federal regulations about child care centers
  • Written a blog post about the impact of the proposed Tax Plan on immigrant families
  • Researched state child welfare licensing policies for group homes
  • Attended a Congressional Hearing about the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Provided policy research support on Medicaid regulations
  • Attended staff meetings and provided updates on upcoming legislation
  • Provided technical support on a webinar 


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 (preferred) in public administration, public health, public policy, social work or related fields with 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with public benefit programs and/or private initiatives designed 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 as decision-makers.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to present policy, practice and research information to a variety of audiences, including federal, state and local government officials and policymakers.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and as a member of a 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.


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 [email protected] (subject: Policy Analyst/Policy Team). In your cover letter, please be sure to indicate where you found this position announcement.

Applicants accepted until February 9th, 2018 or until position is filled.

Center for the Study of Social Policy


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations