Government Relations Manager

19 Jun, 2019


Government Relations Manager

National Association of Social Workers
Boston, MA

NASW-MA Chapter is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please include a cover letter with resume. Submissions without a cover letter and resume will not be processed.


The Massachusetts Chapter of NASW (NASW-MA) is the major professional social work organization in the state. NASW is committed to the mission of advancing social work practice and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for all. NASW MA Chapter’s 6,500 members work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools, and private practice. NASW-MA welcomes and encourages diverse applicants.

POSITION STATUS: Full-Time (37.5hrs/wk)

PAY LEVEL: Commensurate with experience


Under the direction of the Chapter Executive Director, the Government Affairs and Political Manager coordinates the government relations, legislative, and political action activities of the chapter. This position is responsible for developing the Chapter’s legislative agenda and related activities to protect and elevate the social work profession and to promote human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for all.


  • Coordinates Chapter’s Governmental Relations activities:
  • Oversees the development of the legislative agenda for each two year legislative session and participates in lobbying efforts around the bills/issues on the agenda, including letters to legislative committees, testimony, and action alerts.
  • Staffs the Chapter’s Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) which meets monthly.
  • Organizes and coordinates all aspects of the annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day, drawing 650 students and newer professionals to the MA State House each year.
  • Organizes social workers and allies to attend hearings and important State House events in support of the legislative agenda and on timely pressing social, economic, and racial justice issues.
  • Coordinates district organizing with regional staff around legislative and policy priorities.
  • Represents NASW-MA in the State House and with administrative officials, including making contacts with key legislators and legislative aides
  • Participates in state level coalitions on public policy and social work practice issues
  • Staffs NASW’s Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee:
  • Attends monthly PACE meetings and sets agenda with the chair and helps drive participation in the meetings.
  • Provides strategic political advice and support to the committee regarding statewide and local elections.
  • In coordination with regional staff, organizes members to attend canvasses, phone banks, and related events for PACE-endorsed candidates.
  • Sits on the Mass Alliance board as the NASW MA PACE representative.
  • Organizes occasional workshops encouraging members to engage in political advocacy and social workers to run for office.
  • Monitors and updates the Facebook and Twitter page for PACE.
  • Works with the Membership Manager to support Chapter relationship with the Schools of Social Work:
  • Oversees MSW Internship program, notifying schools of availability, updating placement descriptions and interviewing candidates.
  • Supervises MSW intern who coordinates LEAD, providing weekly supervision and documentation as required by their school’s program.
  • Periodically visits school of social work policy classrooms to discuss LEAD and legislation in the context of social work, as available and requested by the schools.
  • Other Chapter responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provides the Communication Director with recurring “On the Hill” article for Social Work Voice, NASW-MA member magazine published 6 times a year.
  • Keeps the advocacy portion of NASW-MA website up to date using CQ Engage platform.
  • Routinely sends legislative and political alerts through the “Legislative Alert Network” listserv through Constant Contact.
  • Supports other Chapter Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) as needed.
  • Participates in quarterly Government Relations calls and interfaces with National NASW and National PACE as needed.


  • 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 lead and collaborate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage a wide array of related services.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships and to build credibility and trust throughout the organization and externally.
  • Strong problem identification skills, including the ability to generate creative solutions, exercise common sense and sound judgment, and make effective decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to empower volunteers and mobilize individuals.
  • Position requires some evening hours to accommodate committee meetings and other events. Work week flex time can be utilized to accommodate such instances.


  • BSW/MSW strongly preferred.
  • NASW membership preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts legislative process and political network, preferred.
  • Knowledge of public policy, a plus.


  • Minimum of 2-5 years of related work experience, preferably at a professional association and/or nonprofit setting.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience in community or campaign organizing a plus
  • Lobbying and related advocacy experience preferred.


  • Results driven: This individual sees the big picture, assists with the development and monitoring of key performance metrics to produce the desired results.
  • Strong business acumen: This individual sees opportunities and emerging trends, and is knowledgeable about the operations, unique needs, and goals specific to member-driven, not-for-profit organizations.
  • Firm and fair leadership: This individual will work with a wide range of staff, colleagues, and members, requiring a firm, fair, and flexible style that both complements the efforts and supports the needs of others.
  • Partnership: This individual is able to build trust internally and externally and must be viewed as highly professional, discreet, and accountable.
  • Organizational agility: This individual has a thoughtful, respectful communication style that fosters an open environment, enabling thought-provoking discussions and collaborative decision making.
  • Perceptive: This individual is creative and intuitively recognizes opportunities and takes appropriate action.


This document describes general job duties and responsibilities. It is not a complete listing of job duties. Further clarification should be obtained from the supervisor listed above (e.g. Work plans, performance standards, task lists etc.). Incumbents may be required to perform tasks related to these duties. Major changes in job duties should be incorporated in this description.

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Job posted: 2019-06-19