Program Analyst/Learning and Evidence (CSSP)

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 Program Analyst in the Washington, DC office. The Program Analyst will support the work of CSSP’s Learning and Evidence team, with a focus on projects that promote organizational learning and advance our efforts to expand the knowledge base necessary to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. This role includes a combination of program, research, and administrative support and is ideal for someone interested in a career in public policy, system reform, or community change.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and execution of conferences, virtual meetings and webinars, including the ability to effectively use the technology to support these conferences/webinars.
  • Document meetings and provide notes on meeting proceedings for distribution to participants.
  • Attend briefings and meetings, and prepare summaries for CSSP team.
  • Assist in developing a range of written materials, including policy and practice guides, blog posts, website content and other web-based materials.
  • Help maintain ongoing communication with project partners across the country.
  • Conduct literature reviews and background research.
  • Collect, organize, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Prepare research memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
  • Organize and maintain electronic and hard-copy project materials.
  • Provide administrative support for the teams through preparing expense reports, scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and responding to correspondence.
  • Support other work as assigned.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, sociology, public health, psychology, political science, social work or another social science preferred but a minimum of BA with at least two years of relevant professional experience (including experience working in an administrative role) required.
  • Familiarity with social policy and government and philanthropic programs, particularly in creating pathways out of poverty; reforming health, education and human service systems; community organizing and revitalizing neighborhoods.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and video conferencing technology (familiarity with GoToWebinar and WebEx a plus).
  • Experience conducting research or program evaluation, including data collection and analysis, narrative reporting, and the use of graphs, charts and other formats to present data effectively (familiarity with SurveyMonkey a plus).
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • Familiarity with social media, blog and website platforms.
  • Excellent attention to detail, deadlines and organizational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to equity – working to reduce disparities based on race, ethnicity, sovereignty, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity and socioeconomics.
  • Motivated self-starter who works well independently and is also an engaged team member.
  • Flexibility and an ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and curiosity.
  • 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 [email protected] (subject: Program Analyst/Learning and Evidence). In your cover letter, please be sure to indicate where you found this position announcement.

Applicants accepted until December 8, 2017 or until position is filled.



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