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Hiring: NASW-NYS Policy Coordinator


Position:                   Policy Coordinator

Salary Range:         Salary Commensurate with Experience

Supervisor:              Executive Director

Position Status:      Part-Time Temporary

*potential to become fulltime permanent for right candidate

I.  Major Functions:
  • Carries out the development of Chapter policies, procedures, operations and programming related to advocacy;
  • Lobbies the NYS Legislature, Government Agencies and other organizations in pursuit of the Chapter Advocacy Agenda;
  • Explores professional development opportunities as they relate to the legislative landscape for members;
  • Staffs and assists PACE in an effort to move our Advocacy Agenda forward.
II.  Basic Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides representation on behalf of the Chapter in the areas of advocacy, social work practice and professional development;
  • Recommends and implements priorities, strategies and programming relating to social work advocacy practice and the profession;
  • Works with the NYC Chapter to coordinate lobbying efforts;
  • Participates with coalitions of which NASW-NYS is a member;
  • Submits lobbying reports;
  • Communicates with the media to articulate advocacy concerns of the profession and the Chapter;
  • Develops social policy analysis and data collection relevant to social work practice;
  • Contributes to programs for the professional development of social workers including on-line courses, newsletter CE issues, division events and conferences;
  • Works with Chapter staff on initiatives as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Presents legislative and advocacy updates at Board of Directors meetings
III.  Working Relationships:
Internal
  • Reports to the Executive Director and has regular contact with Chapter staff.
  • Maintains regular contact with committee chairs and representatives of Board of Directors as needed.
  • Responds to relevant membership inquiries.
 External
  • Maintains appropriate contact with elected and appointed government officials; representatives of social welfare organizations; professional associations; social work education programs; and, coalitions/allied organizations and the media in order to enhance the image of the Chapter and the attainment of its objectives;
  • Communicates external contacts to the Executive Director to ensure adequate coordination.
IV.  Minimum Work Requirements
Knowledge
  • MSW from CSWE accredited school preferred.
  • Knowledge of social work professional issues and social policy.
  • In-depth knowledge of NASW policies, procedures and operations.
Experience
  • One to five years’ experience in working with public officials and legislative staff;
  • Experience in working with volunteers and supervising staff in the creation and implementation of policy goals and objectives.
  • Experience and knowledge of legislative process and lobbying.
 Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to effectively communicate and make presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Superb organizational skills with ability to balance several projects simultaneously including a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to research and analyze policy and practice issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships and to build credibility and trust throughout the organization and externally.
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team.

To apply, send your resume with cover letter to info.naswnys@socialworkers.org with subject line 'Policy Coordinator'. 

*NASW-NYS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Applicants from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

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