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Senior Practice Associate - Social Work Practice

NASW Programs II, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #5
Tuesday, April 13, 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


The Senior Practice Associate for Behavioral Health provides professional expertise in specific practice and policy areas to guide social work practice, programs, and social policy through a synthesis of practice and policy information, advocacy, development of standards and policies, legislative and regulatory support, coalition and other external group representation and networking. Work is performed unde
r the supervision of the Clinical Manager.


  1. Systematically collects, analyzes, and disseminates practice information to social workers, policy makers, organizations and the public through   written and oral communications.  Conducts practice-related research and analysis to develop practice materials and position papers.
  2. Monitors the social work and broader behavioral health environment to identify and communicate key developments to members and other stakeholders.
  3. Advocates for social workers in a variety of contexts for an appropriate practice environment.
  4. Provides technical expertise to NASW Chapters, members, and other relevant divisions within the Association and external organizations. 
  5. Monitors and interprets legislative and regulatory developments related to social work practice and provides NASW’s perspective on these developments to policy makers, major decision-making bodies, and NASW members.
  6. Works directly on projects related to the practice of behavioral health which includes technology, federal and state legal and regulatory compliance and advocacy, policy statements, practice standards and guidelines, and clinical issues.
  7. Provides input and recommendations to lawmakers, regulators, and external organizations in developing national policies for behavioral health social workers.
  8. Develops practice standards, policy statements, practice perspectives and alerts, and other communications as needed. Collaborates and coordinates activities with relevant departments to implement these products.
  9. Engages in professional outreach and response. Incorporates the acquired information into agenda setting and program design.



Skills: Ability to analyze and interpret complex materials including legislative and regulatory proposals.  Must have strong skills in the areas of oral and written communication, public speaking, research and assessment, and the ability to summarize information into clear, organized, factually sound, persuasive and objective written work products.  Also must be a team player, both within and across functional units, possess strong organizational skills, and a self-starter who takes initiative.


Knowledge: Minimum of a Master in Social Work Degree  required from an accredited school of social work and a clinical license. A certification in substance use treatment is preferred but not required.


Experience: Requires a minimum of five years of post-graduate, professional social work experience preferably in a substance use treatment center or other clinical setting.   



Results driven: He/she sees the big picture, assists with the development and monitoring of key performance metrics to produce the desired results.
Partnership: This individual is able to build trust internally and externally and must be viewed as highly professional, discreet, and accountable.
Organizational agility: He/she has a thoughtful respectful communication style that fosters an open environment, enabling thought provoking discussions and collaborative decision-making.
Perceptive: He/she is creative and intuitively recognizes opportunities and takes appropriate action.

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.

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