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.
CSSP seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to support its work in multiple areas, with a primary focus on CSSP’s work with public human services and social services systems. The Senior Policy Analyst will join and further the priorities of CSSP’s Systems Change team primarily participating in CSSP’s role in child welfare reform efforts in the context of class action litigation in New Mexico, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia. The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for, including but not limited to: collecting, analyzing, and organizing quantitative and qualitative data; research projects, as assigned; writing and editing briefs and reports; analysis of policy and practice; and engaging with public agency system staff, community stakeholders, families, and children. This position is ideal for someone interested in addressing disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and income in public policy and public system outcomes. Commitment to advancing equity for children and families of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrant families is a must. Candidates with a strong background and expertise in child welfare or behavioral health, including clinical practice, is strongly preferred.
The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for:
Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Assistance in understanding and assessing adequacy of child welfare and behavioral health system policies and practices.
Assistance with state monitoring reports, including writing, data tracking, data validation, and figures and tables.
Assistance in developing a range of high-quality written materials, including research materials.
Attending briefings and meetings and preparing summaries for CSSP team.
Representing CSSP externally with partners.
Carrying out additional duties as needed.
If you had been working with us, here are some of the things you would have done in the last month:
Analyzed and verified congregate care placement data for young children in foster care.
Analyzed qualitative data to identify themes in child welfare service delivery and case planning.
Compiled feedback on draft child welfare agency policy.
Reviewed child welfare agency documentation for child and family cases.
Compiled monitoring report to include – writing, creating graphs and figures, proof reading, and formatting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Your Name - Senior Policy Analyst).
Applications accepted until August 31 or until position is filled.
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 in public administration, public health, public policy, social work, or related fields with 5-7 years of relevant experience.
Expertise in child welfare or behavioral health policy, clinical practice, and improvement strategies 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 and youth as decision-makers.
Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
Excellent attention to detail, organizational, and time management skills.
Strong analytical and research skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects, monitor responsibilities, and achieve goals.
Ability to work well autonomously and as a member of a highly- collaborative 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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 001
About Center for the Study of Social Policy
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.
Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well-being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages.
-The Results We Want
•Children are healthy
•Children enter school ready to learn and are prepared to succeed
•Youth are prepared to succeed as adults
•Children grow up in safe, supportive and economically successful families
•Communities have the resources and opportunities families need to succeed
To achieve these results, CSSP improves public policies, systems and communities by building protective factors, reducing risk factors and creating opportunities that contribute to well-being and economic success.
Working with government, philanthropic, private sector and community partners, staff develop new ideas, conduct research, promote policy solutions and provide technical assistance that allows policymakers, administrators and community-based organizations to:
•Use data for learning and acc...ountability
•Support community residents’ ownership and leadership of the activities that affect their lives
•Build partnerships and coalitions to support change
•Implement effective policies
•Sustain financing for improving results
•Use smart communication strategies and policy advocacy to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families