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Policy Analyst/Young Children and their Families Team at Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC

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Position Announcement

Policy Analyst/Young Children and their Families Team


Organization Overview


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 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 Description


CSSP seeks a Policy Analyst in the Washington, DC office to join the CSSP Young Children and their Families (YCF) Team, with primary responsibility for supporting a new effort aimed at increasing the number of young children who are on track for kindergarten by age three. CSSP is a partner in a national initiative that will work with community leaders, states and national organizations to improve outcomes for the youngest children in three closely interrelated areas:  healthy beginnings, Family support and child care. We are looking for a highly motivated and knowledgeable person who will work closely with CSSP’s Project Director to implement this exciting new effort. The Policy Analyst will also support CSSP’s YCF Team more broadly.  


Specific Duties and Responsibilities


The Policy Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Helping to shape and advance community-based policy and program  opportunities and strategies to improve well-being for children, birth to age 3, as well as for pregnant women
  • Preparing high quality Community Action Briefs and other written products, webinars and presentations that share information about effective policy and program strategies with community and state partners
  • Helping to prepare and complete deliverables and reports to funders
  • Supporting ongoing work on early childhood metrics that can be used to  track progress on improving outcomes for young children and their families
  • Contributing to the support and expansion of Early Childhood-LINC (Learning and Innovation Network for Communities), through which CSSP and partners demonstrate the effectiveness of early childhood systems
  • Participating in meetings and other activities with funders, national partners and others to improve outcomes  for children birth to age 3
  • Contributing as a member of CSSP’s YCF Team and to CSSP’s work more broadly


Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience


The successful candidate will have:

  • A graduate degree (preferred) and 2-4 years of experience working on issues of importance to young children and their families in either the nonprofit sector or a combination of government and the nonprofit sector
  • Familiarity with public benefit programs and/or private initiatives that are aimed at achieving better health, well-being and financial stability for children and families, and a significant understanding of related policy opportunities and priorities
  • 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 and active participants in efforts to achieve positive change for young children and their families
  • Outstanding writing and oral communications skills, particularly in writing for a variety of audiences and including skills and interest in using social and other media to effect change
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with external partners

A strong commitment to promoting racial equity and reducing disparities to achieve equitable results and social justice 

  • Experience working on issue campaigns or related activities is a plus
  • Experience working with community partners or direct leadership experience at local/community level
  • Appreciation of strategic use of data and experience using a data-driven approach to accomplishing goals
  • Experience conducting research, including data collection, and experience analyzing data and using graphs, charts and other formats to present data effectively
  • Excellent attention to detail, deadlines and organizational and time management skills; flexibility and an ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in MS-WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and video conferencing technology
  • Ability and willingness to travel


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 jobs@cssp.org (subject: Policy Analyst/YCF Team). In your cover letter, please be sure to indicate where you found this position announcement.


Applicants accepted until November 30, 2017 or until position is filled.

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