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NASW-MA Seeks Full-Time Political Director

Wednesday, July 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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NASW-MA Chapter seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, creative political director to direct all government relations and political action activities. NASW MA Chapter is the 3rd largest Chapter in the country with a diverse membership of approximately 7,000 social work students and professionals across the Commonwealth. This position is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the Chapter's activities in the public policy, governmental relations, and political arenas.


TITLE:            Political Director      POSITION STATUS:             Full Time


ISSUE DATE:            July 7, 2017              


  1. Coordinates Chapter’s Legislative and Governmental relations activities
    1.  Oversees the development of the legislative agenda for each two year legislative session and the lobbying effort around the bills/issues on the agenda (including letters to legislative committees, testimony, and action alerts)
    2. Staffs the Chapter’s Legislative Advocacy Committee
    3. Represents NASW in the State House and with administrative officials, including making contacts with key legislators and legislative aides
    4. Participates in state level coalitions on public policy issues such as health care, welfare, poverty, substance use, and homelessness
    5. Leads State House lobby and advocacy efforts on social work professional issues
    6. Organizes social workers and allies to attend hearings and important State House events in support of the legislative agenda and on timely pressing social issues
    7. Coordinates district organizing with regional staff around legislative and public policy priorities
    8. Organizes the annual Legislative and Educational Action Day (LEAD) involving more than 700 students in social action at the State House
  2. Staffs NASW’s Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee:
    1. Attends PACE meetings or delegates to appropriate staff
    2. Sets meeting agendas with the chairs and helps drive participation in the meetings
    3. Provides strategic political advice and support to the committee
    4. Sits on the Mass Alliance board as the NASW MA PACE representative
  3. General Responsibilities:
    1. Supports certain Chapter committees and shared interest groups
    2. Supervision and coordination with social work interns
    3. Other projects and team building among staff and volunteers




Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, multi-tasking ability, organized and detail oriented. Successful legislative community organization and advocacy skills; strong writing and speaking skills; ability to empower and inspire volunteers, to balance several projects simultaneously, and to think creatively and as part of a team.


 Knowledge: MSW or BSW degree preferred but not required, familiarity with the Massachusetts legislative electoral process and policy analysis


 Experience5-8 years of experience; Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, human rights, and unimpeded access to services for all.


Competitive salary, excellent benefits package. Send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director at

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