Social & Community Services

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    Description:  Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

    Typical Career path:  MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions

    Sample Job Titles: Adoption Services Manager, Child Welfare Services Director, Children's Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Social Worker (CSBG/Outreach Social Worker), Community Services Director, Psychiatric Social Worker Supervisor, Social Services Director, Transitional Care Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator

    Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions.  Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion. More information is available on the Licensure tab.  *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.


    • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) - NASW & Co-Chapter
    • CSWA (Clinical Social Work Association) - CSWA
    • CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) - CSCSW *Learn about CSCSW in this  Video

    LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within corporate enterprise.  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 a number of 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: There are a number of job boards; however, these are some that are often use within this career field including:

    Video Resources:

        Alumni Career Conversation:  Catharine (Cat) Hughey, Executive Director, Dirt Coffee Interview Recording

        Working with State & Local Governments, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Military & VA Social Work_Mar 2020 - Event Recording

       Child Welfare Advocacy, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

        Community Mental Health, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Clinical Practice, Alumni Panel - Event Recording

       Cultivate Counseling Flagstaff Employer Information Session - Event Recording

       Working with Clients Experiencing Domestic Violence, Alumni Discussion - Event Recording

        Tennyson Center for Children Employer Information Session - Event Recording

        Savio House Employer Information Session - Event Recording

        Community Reach Center Employer Information Session - Event Recording

        The Blue Bench Employer Information Session - Event Recording

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This portfolio last updated: 18-Oct-2021 2:27 PM