National Association of Social Workers Washington, DC, USA
Mar 21, 2019Full time
MAJOR FUNCTIONS As an expert in social work policy and practice, the Senior Practice Associate is responsible for providing professional expertise in the area of Behavioral Health and School Social Work in order to guide social work practice, programs and/or advocacy. BASIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES S ystematically collects, analyzes and disseminates practice information to social workers, policy-makers, organizations and the public. 2. Networks with like-minded national organizations in practice areas to shape statements, documents, and policy for consumers, organizations, and governments. Participates in the development, implementation, and coordination of grant activities to ensure compliance with grantor's requirements. Conducts practice-related research and analysis. Develop/coordinate practice materials and position papers. Represents social workers in a variety of contexts. Provides field-specific and technical consultation and issue-related expertise to chapters and the Membership Center. Participates in the development and implementation of the Association's practice standards, policy statements, tools and advocacy positions. Develops written information for dissemination to members and the public. Serves as an internal and external resource for practice related projects. Conducts practice-related research and analysis. Develops/coordinates practice materials and position papers. Represents social workers in a variety of contexts. Provides field-specific and technical consultation and issue-related expertise to Chapters and the Membership Center. Interprets legislative and regulatory issues in the field and provide NASW's perspective on these efforts to other professional and policy-making communities. Engages in professional outreach and response. Incorporates the acquired information into agenda setting and product design. Provides support for legislative and regulatory activities as requested. Provides staff support for relevant Board appointed committees in accordance with strategic planning parameters; harness the practice and expertise of the membership. Develops proposals for program grants and contracts that enhance program directions. Identifies and seek targeted funding. Develops practice standards and policy statements as needed and collaborate with other relevant offices to implement these standards. Assist in the development and implementation of credentials in specific fields of practice. Participates in major coalitions and stakeholder groups to advance sound social policies. MINIMUM WORK REQUIREMENTS Skills: Requires strong clinical expertise; analytical ability; and ability to conduct studies and to work effectively with members and volunteers. Must have skills in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. Must have strong public speaking skills as well as research and assessment skills and the ability to summarize information into clear, organized, factually sound, persuasive and objective reports. Knowledge: Master's degree in Social Work required from an accredited school of social work. Knowledge of electronic bulletin boards, local area networks, word-processing,spreadsheet software and databases. Social work license is preferred. Experience: Requires five years of prior professional social work practice experience related to Behavioral Health and School Social Work.