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.
This is a senior position in CSSP’s Learning and Evidence team, reporting to the Director, Learning and Evidence. The ideal candidate for this position will be based in CSSP’s Washington, D.C. office but we are open to considering an out-based location on the west coast.
CSSP’s Learning and Evidence team has both an internal and external focus. The work of the team strives to:
This work is part of CSSP’s larger mission of improving opportunities and life outcomes for those who face the most significant barriers to success and are most often marginalized, including children and their families living in poverty; racial and ethnic minorities; immigrant and refugee families; and children, youth and families in contact with intervening public systems (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health).
The primary responsibilities of this position are to manage and coordinate CSSP’s work in conjunction with evaluations of complex, multi-site initiatives to improve equitable outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities. This includes working to advance more equitable, effective, and inclusive forms of learning and evidence development. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Applicants should have a minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressive experience in leadership roles, ideally at the national level or with state or local government or with complex or multi-site foundation-sponsored initiatives. They must be committed to, and have experience and knowledge in, promoting racial equity and in developing strategies to achieve equitable results across racial and ethnic groups. Preferably, the successful candidate will have a masters or doctoral level degree in a relevant field such as, but not limited to, social work, public health, public policy, social science methods, organizational development and learning. Knowledge, skills and aptitudes that are essential and/or particularly valuable to this position include:
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 schedules provided. 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.
Qualified applicants should send cover letter with salary requirements, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Senior Associate, Learning and Evidence).
Applications accepted until June 1st or until position is filled.