Policy Advocacy

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    Description:  Policy practice is defined as using social work skills to propose and change policies to achieve the goal of social and economic justice.  In doing policy practice, social workers apply generalist social work perspectives and skills to make changes in laws, rules, budgets, and policies and in the bodies that create those policies, whether they be local, state, or federal agencies or other decision-making bodies, in the pursuit of the social work mission of social and economic justice

    Typical Career path: MSW

    Sample Job Titles: Policy Analyst, Project Coordinator, Relations Manager, Community Outreach Coordinator/Specialist, Canvasser, Advocate, Coalition Specialist, Public Affairs Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Political Organizing Strategist, Program Developer, Program Coordinator, and Quality Outcome Program Coordinator.

    Licensure: A clinical license is not required for most entry-level positions.  Most operate successfully with their MSW degree credentials.


    LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within corporate enterprises.  Consider following several groups for trends, networking opportunities, job connections, and more!

    • Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
    • National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
    • University of Denver:  Graduate School of Social Work

    Salary Statistics:  

    There are several salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.

    Additional salary tools that can assist from a specific agency or organization, for instance:

    • PCO – DU/GSSW Career Platform contains employer & salary information reported from GSSW graduates
    • LinkedIn - Salary Finder

    Job Boards: Most often social workers find job opportunities directly on the website of the organization in which they have an interest in working.  Additionally, these job boards also provide opportunities within this career field including:

    Additionally, several individuals entering this area of the field consider Post-MSW Fellowships


    • Energize Colorado, Resource Compass - The Resource Compass allows you to locate projects & companies based on industry or interest throughout Colorado.
    • Behavioral Health Reform - Colorado - In 2019, Gov. Jared Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human Services to spearhead Colorado’s Behavioral Health Task Force. The mission of the task force was to evaluate and set the roadmap to improve the current behavioral health system in the state. In September 2020, the task force released its blueprint, as well as several other reports, that outline our vision for reform. 

    Video Resources:

    Social Workers Don't Have to be Therapists..., Alumni Panel - Event Recording

    Contract Work, Faculty Spotlight - Event Recording

    Social Workers and Community Organizers, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

    Non-Traditional Social Work Career Paths, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

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This portfolio last updated: 30-Nov-2022 4:41 PM