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Analyst in Social Policy

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    Library of Congress

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    Washington DC

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  • Opportunity Description





    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP), seeks an Analyst in Social Policy to work on education and labor issues. The applicant should have some knowledge of education and labor issues, familiarity with relevant policies and policy-related research. The applicant should also have the ability to conduct research; prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participate in team research projects and seminars. The applicant should be able to demonstrate their proficiency through relevant coursework and/or experience. Applicants earning an advanced degree in public policy or in education and/or labor related social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. Strong quantitative research skills are preferred.

    The Analyst in Social Policy provides objective public policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff, including preparing objective, non-partisan, analytical studies and descriptive and background reports on public policy issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, and participating in multi-disciplinary team research projects and seminars. The Analyst in Social Policy is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional

    Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience.




    Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

    1. U.S. Citizenship
    2. Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (Library of Congress employees who already possess a graduate degree may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).
    3. General education requirements for a GS-11 appointment (see table below).


    GS-11 Grade Level
    Three years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, OR

    A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.





    Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


    Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

    Transcripts (official or unofficial) of all completed graduate courses or a self-prepared course list showing grades and the number of credits received must be attached to your online application. Graduate transcripts/course list are mandatory; undergraduate transcripts are optional.




    The critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience, and/or training, needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:


    GS-11 Grade Level
    Knowledge of education and labor policy

    Knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and/or practices of education or labor policy. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of education or labor policy and interrelationships with other key domestic social policies.

    Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques

    To research, analyze, and synthesize complex information and evaluate the implications of various policy alternatives.

    Ability to write on issues related to education and labor policy issues

    To write analytical and descriptive reports, memoranda, and other products supported by appropriate background research for Congress.