Senior Policy Analyst

Children’s Rights is a leading national children’s advocacy organization dedicated to achieving accountability and systemic change in government systems that protect vulnerable children.  Children’s Rights uses legal advocacy in the form of impact litigation, policy expertise and public education to create positive systems change, with a 20-year track record in the area of child welfare reform of raising accountability, protecting rights and improving outcomes for children.  Children’s Rights is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to be an integral part of our organization at an exciting time of evolution in our program activities.

The core strength of our national advocacy program has been the grassroots development of legal reform campaigns to address dangerous systemic failings in child welfare systems across the country.  Our policy team works closely with our legal team and conducts a broad range of advocacy work — helping to identify new reform opportunities; assisting in grassroots case development and stakeholder outreach; assisting in active litigation, including working with experts and document and data analysis; assisting in the monitoring, enforcement and tracking of system reform; conducting policy research and analysis; drafting advocacy reports and conducting public education campaigns; and helping draft requests for funded non-litigation advocacy projects.

We are currently seeking to broaden our focus to identify emerging issues in child welfare and juvenile justice and to impact those areas through litigation and/or policy reform efforts. As we undertake a disciplined exploration of new avenues for reform and new partnership opportunities, our policy staff will be integral to these efforts.

Children’s Rights provides a unique opportunity for an advocacy-oriented child welfare professional to help us leverage high impact child welfare policy and practice change across the country for the children and youth we serve.


The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Litigation Director and will be required to:

  • Identify, assess and inform all program staff of trends and emerging issues in child welfare and juvenile justice at the federal, state and local level.
  • As an active member of specific reform teams, use knowledge of professional and federal standards and best practices to provide guidance at all stages of impact litigation.
  • Develop and conduct public advocacy campaigns to advance policies that improve the welfare of vulnerable children.
  • Engage directly with internal staff and external stakeholders in active reform campaigns and new campaign investigations.
  • Use professional literature to address the harms to children that ineffective public policies and practices can cause or exacerbate.
  • Work with and develop national coalitions to promote public policies that improve the welfare of vulnerable children.
  • Collaborate on and help lead and execute policy research projects, which may include quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Prepare, either internally or with external partners, reports, articles, white papers, and other written materials on children’s policy issues.
  • Assist professional development staff in securing grants to help support and grow the Policy Department.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to policy interns both during the school year and over the summer.


  • A Master’s degree in social work, child and family studies, public policy, social policy, public administration or related field; J.D. preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years of increasing responsibility in practice, policy or research involving child welfare or a child advocacy field.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to handle and prioritize a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of professionals and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Knowledge of appropriate search engines, databases, and sources of federally reported child welfare information and data.
  • Knowledge of research methodology and statistics.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; SPSS and/or other statistical analysis software; and nVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.
  • Legal background a plus.


Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with other public interest organizations.  Children’s Rights provides an excellent benefit package.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume and detailed cover letter electronically to HR@childrensrights.org  and include “Senior Policy Analyst” in the subject line.

Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQI and gender non-conforming people.   

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