Membership and Advocacy Manager

Published 12 days ago


Under the strategic direction of the NASW MA/RI Chapter Executive Director, the Membership and Advocacy Manager manages MA and RI Chapter membership recruitment and retention initiatives, coordinating certain legislative activities of the chapters, and managing student internship programs. At NASW-MA, our vision is clear: build the capacity of social workers to enhance human well-being. NASW-MA is strongly committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

This person reports to the Chapter Executive Director for MA/RI.


Member Recruitment and Retention:

  • Develop membership recruitment and retention initiatives in collaboration with regional staff and other chapter staff. These activities include organizing for legislative and policy priorities. 
  • Coordinate welcome calls and emails to new members and send assignments to NASW-MA regional staff, which involves creating membership reports to track member recruitment and retention.
  • Facilitate monthly calls with NASW-MA regional staff to provide membership and other chapter updates and work collaboratively to coordinate membership and district organizing activities around legislative and policy priorities statewide.
  • Act as NASW-MA’s Greater Boston regional liaison, which may include staffing of local networking and membership events.
  • Participate in monthly national membership calls and implement learned best practices in MA/RI.
  • Manage the NASW-MA and NASW-RI Student Ambassador Programs with the support of student interns to engage students at the schools of social work across MA and RI in activities that promote membership retention and recruitment efforts, including legislative and political activities. 
  • Visit school of social work orientations in the Fall to grow student membership and increase awareness of the NASW internship programs.
  • Inform marketing and social media activities around NASW-MA/RI programming and advocacy to ensure members understand how to engage, and the value of membership.
  • Utilize the NASW-MA membership plan to keep consistency with the chapter’s strategic plan. Build a membership plan for NASW-RI in keeping with the chapter’s diversity plan.
  • Maintain the NASW-MA Shared Interest Group meetings and Regional Council meetings schedules on the chapter website and help disseminate regional activities to interested social workers and members.
  • Initiate networking/visibility events or workshops to recruit and retain student and newer professional members, as appropriate and feasible.
  • Plan and coordinate annual Social Work Month activities each March, with intern support.

Legislative Advocacy:

  • Staff NASW-MA’s Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) and NASW-RI’s Policy and Advocacy Committee (P&A).
  • Organize and coordinate NASW-MA’s annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), drawing 650 students and newer professionals to the MA State House each year, with NASW-MA intern and/or staff support. Oversee NASW-RI intern in planning RI’s LEAD.
  • Participate in state-level coalitions to advance the missions and legislative agendas of NASW-MA and NASW-RI.
  • Update the advocacy portions of NASW-MA and NASW-RI websites.
  • Assist with sending legislative and political alerts through the “Legislative Alert Network” listserv through Constant Contact.
  • Contribute to the “On the Hill” column for NASW-MA’s Social Work Voice magazine.
  • Participate in quarterly Government Relations calls and interface with National NASW. 

Internship Program:

  • Oversee MSW/BSW student internship program, notifying schools of availability and organizing candidate interviews for MA/RI in collaboration with other staff.
  • Provide weekly supervision to student intern(s) and documentation as required by their school’s program.



  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to present to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships and to build credibility throughout the organization and externally.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment, through practice or advocacy, to equity, inclusion, social justice, and community engagement. 
  • Proven ability to empower volunteers and mobilize people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously with a keen attention to detail.
  • Strong problem identification skills, including the ability to generate creative solutions, exercise sound judgment, and make effective decisions. 
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of multiple teams.
  • Position requires some evening hours to accommodate SIG/committee meetings and other events. Work week flex time can be utilized to accommodate such instances. 


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, licensure prefered
  • Knowledge of successful membership association recruitment and retention initiatives
  • A keen sense of the need for equity, diversity, and inclusion in membership recruitment and retention activities
  • Knowledge of macro social work practice including advocacy and organizing
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island legislative landscapes, a plus
  • Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice and to the advancement of the social work profession
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Proficiency with or knowledge of Google Drive including G-Suite


  • Minimum of 2 years of related work experience
  • Sales, marketing, and member engagement
  • Advocacy and organizing


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.

NASW-MA is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).


Under the strategic direction of the NASW MA/RI Chapter Executive Director, the Membership and Advocacy Manager manages MA and RI Chapter membership recruitment and retention initiatives, coordinating certain…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 16, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 9, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$58,000 - $65,000


Full benefits package, including: 401(k) and matching; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and paid time off.

Full benefits package, including: 401(k) and matching; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency




Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Suite 510

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