National Association of Social Workers 750 First Street, NE | Suite 800 Washington, DC 20002
NASW is seeking a Director of Public Policy (DPP) to be responsible for leading the Association’s public policy, political and legislative affairs agenda, overseeing field organizing, working at both the national level and with NASW Chapters, political candidates’ fundraising and endorsement efforts, as well as developing and advancing the Association’s strategic goals and objectives related to influencing the legislative and executive branches of government. The DPP collaborates with staff, colleagues and other related stakeholders to ensure that work is developed and executed with specific goals and target audiences in mind.
The DPP will serve as a policy expert for planning, developing, identifying, organizing and integrating the Association’s policy agenda, goals and objectives.
The DPP will also provide oversight of the design, development and implementation of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, a think tank that brokers thought leadership, and guides the social work profession in enhancing connections between research, policy and practice through the convening of experts, development of policy briefs and briefings, and hosting of face-to-face and virtual symposia.
MINIMUM WORK REQUIREMENTS:
Master’s degree from an accredited College or University in Social Work required.
Knowledge of federal/state legislative electoral process, candidate’s fundraising regulatory requirements, FEC reporting and requirements.
Knowledge of social work issues, social policy and health/mental health issues
Demonstrated knowledge of the legislative and political environment impacting Social Work policy.
Ability to lead, collaborate and manage in an environment with competing interests and requirements.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to read, analyze and succinctly communicate complex public policies in a timely manner to a wide variety of audiences.
Ability to analyze and evaluate progress of key organization goals, develop and implement recommendations.
Ability to plan, organize, establish and maintain cooperative business relationships, build credibility and trust throughout the Association.
Ability to problem solve, exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in public policy development and government relations.
Track record of successful development and implementation of public policy goals and effective advocacy.
Five to ten years’ experience directing and/or managing professional staff.
Experience working in a union environment (preferred).
Prior experience field organizing and working with complex multiple entities such as 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) and Political Action Committee (PAC) (preferred).
Prior experience working in a professional association with multiple state chapters (preferred).
Please submit your cover letter and resume to the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include position announcement number 1436.
NASW IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Internal Number: 1436
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. NASW operates with 55 local and state chapters and a national office headquartered in Washington, DC.