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Senior Human Rights Policy Associate - Programs (Union)

NASW Programs I, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #56
Monday, June 27, 2022
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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies
As a member of the Policy team at the organization’s headquarters, the Senior Human Rights Policy Associate is responsible for advancing the Association’s workforce and social justice advocacy at the federal level. Portfolio priorities include, but are not limited to anti-poverty, immigration, economic justice, criminal/juvenile justice, racial justice, and civil and human rights. This position will provide professional expertise in specific policy/practice areas in order to guide human rights and social justice social work policy, practice. Advocacy, establishment of standards, legislative and regulatory support, coalition participation and engagement with stakeholders. To participate in the development and implementation of policy activities, including but not limited to work in coalition, action alerts, campaigns, mobilization efforts, and congressional briefings. The associate may also work on relevant grants, projects, practice standards, and provision of direct member services. This position will also have a role in drafting and coordinating revision of Social Work Speaks policy statements. Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly.

At NASW our members come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our organization stronger. If you share our values and are enthusiastic you will find a home here.

  1. Systematically collect, analyze, and disseminate practice and policy information.  Conduct practice and policy related research and analysis. Develop/coordinate practice and policy materials, position papers and other written products.
  2. Provide targeted advocacy on behalf of social work for selected social policies and for an appropriate practice environment. Provide field-specific and technical consultation, and issue-related expertise to projects of the Association, members, chapters, coalitions, and other Association partner activities as needed.  Interpret and influence legislative and regulatory efforts and communicate NASW's perspective on these efforts to other professional and policy making communities.
  3. Engage in professional outreach and response. Incorporate the acquired information into agenda setting and deliverables.
  4. Work on relevant legislative and regulatory efforts.
  5. Provide staff support for relevant Board appointed committees, and information in specialized areas to support the practice and policy expertise of the membership.
  6. Support the development of proposals for program grants and contracts that enhance program directions. 
  7. Support the development of practice standards as needed.  Collaborate with other relevant offices to implement these standards.  Assist in the development of professional development content in specific fields of practice.
  1. Internal: Collaborates with supervisor, NASW staff, chapter staff, appointed leadership and members to exchange information and for job execution.
  2. External: Interacts with relevant federal and state government staff, administrations, national coalitions, and the social work community to advise on issues as a social work expert, and to maintain appropriate professional contacts.  Also, may interact with government officials and others to exchange information and educate about the social work profession and NASW’s positions on social policy.
Work is performed in an office environment. Some training in the field occasionally.

  1. Skills: Analytical ability; ability to conduct studies; ability to work effectively with members and volunteers; ability to analyze complex materials including legislative and regulatory proposals; skills in communicating effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking skills; research and assessment skills and the ability to summarize information into clear, organized, factually sound, persuasive and objective reports.
  2. Knowledge: Master's degree in Social Work required. Familiarity with social work practice and policy positions. Strong administrative skills are necessary, including understanding of communications, including website and social 
  3. Experience: Requires five years of prior professional work experience related to position's specified practice/policy areas in addition to education requirement. Previous work experience with congress and federal agencies is desirable.

NASW is an equal opportunity employer.  As such, NASW is committed to promoting and providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees.  The selection of personnel, including new hires and promotions, will be on the basis of qualifications designed to ensure appointments of persons able to effectively discharge the duties and responsibilities of their position.  The Association will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  The Association will also abide by applicable Affirmative Action requirements mandated by any federal contracts.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $90,000.00
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
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  • NASW Programs I, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America