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Manager - Social Justice & Human Rights - Social Justice & Human Rights

NASW Programs II, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #1
Thursday, February 25, 2021
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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 Manager of Social Justice Advocacy is responsible for the development and execution of the Association’s social justice advocacy portfolio, primarily at the federal level. Portfolio priorities include economic equity, criminal/juvenile justice, healthcare equity, immigration, political equity and environmental justice, among others, and intersect with racial equity and civil rights.




  1. Manages the development and implementation of the unit's goals, objectives, and strategies.  Prepares and monitors performance of program plans and budgets.

  2. Monitors federal legislative, regulatory and executive branch developments regarding social justice issues. Identifies opportunities to advance NASW’s national advocacy agenda, including but not limited to developing policy positions, lobbying and developing and submitting public comments on regulations. Pursues advocacy opportunities, under direction of Supervisor and in collaboration with appropriate staff within and outside Programs Division, including NASW’s 55 state/territory chapters.

  3. Represents NASW at coalition and other meetings. Provides NASW perspective on and uses information from coalition efforts to inform NASW advocacy.

  4. Represents NASW at conferences and convenings. Some overnight travel required.

  5. Prepares and delivers presentations at conferences and events.

  6. Provides updates to senior leadership staff.

  7. Staffs and helps develop content for the national NASW conference and other NASW events, including association lobbying events.

  8. Conceives, develops and writes a variety of materials and resources, working with external partners as appropriate.

  9. Serves as a staff liaison, writer and/or copy editor for updates of statements contained in Social Work Speaks.

  10. Advises on, develops and writes social justice-related content for NASW National’s website and NASW publications.

  11. Drafts public statements, including NASW press releases on policy matters that pertain to social justice, in consultation with Supervisor and other association leaders.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.




    1.         Internal:  Interacts with NASW staff, appointed leadership, and members to exchange information and for job execution.


    2.         External: Interacts with partner and ally organization staff and leaders, government officials, NASW members, the broader social work community, and other stakeholders.




    The Manager will possess a commitment to NASW’s social justice agenda. They will be a self-starter who can work effectively independently, as well as part of a team, in a fast-paced, dynamic organizational and policy environment.


    Strong skills are required in:


  • Project management including priority setting

  • Policy research, analysis and problem solving

  • Advocacy

  • Written communication

  • Verbal communication

  • Public speaking


    Must also be proficient in Microsoft (including Word, Outlook and PowerPoint).


    Education: Master’s in Social Work (MSW) is preferred, but will consider other degrees including: policy, public administration, public health, law, or related field.



    Experience:  Requires a minimum of five (5) years of prior professional, manager-level experience in advocacy, social policy and/or government relations, preferably in a national association or national nonprofit setting. Prior coalition experience in Washington, D.C. is preferred.



    This document describes general job duties and responsibilities.  It is not a complete listing of job duties.  Further clarification should be obtained from the supervisor listed above (e.g., Work plans, performance standards, task lists etc.).  Incumbents may be required to perform tasks related to these duties.  Major changes in job duties should be incorporated in this description.



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
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
  • NASW Programs II, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America