NSWM Policy Fellows Program

Funded by the New York Community Trust, the aim of NSWM’s Policy Fellows Program is to encourage social workers in management to be at the forefront of policy. Social workers should engage proactively with policies that directly affect the individuals, families and communities they serve – either to redress those policies that now produce a negative impact, or to promote policy solutions in response to issues made evident in the course of doing the work.

The NSWM Policy Fellows Program offers practical training in social work management for emerging and mid-career leaders seeking new experiences and skill sets. The nine month leadership and professional development experience equips participants with core management competencies to inspire, organize, and work effectively with others to advance the public good. Dependent upon the fellow’s interest the program will focus on the many different aspects of policy management including but not limited to policy advocacy, analysis, evaluation and organizing the community of interest.

Fellow Eligibility

  • NSWM member
  • Must provide proof of employment as employer has to be supportive of fellowship
  • Must live in the United States
    • Five Fellows will be selected from New York City
  • Submission of the Policy Fellows application form
  • Preference given to holders of a Masters degree who work in a management capacity
  • Hold a strong interest and/or experience in policy
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 31st Annual Management Conference in New York City on June 3-5, 2020
    • All registration fees will be waived and a $1,000 travel and supply stipend will be provided to those that attend and present

Mentor Eligibility

  • NSWM member (or willing to join at no cost)
  • Must live in the United States
  • 5+ years of policy experience and in an executive role. PhD preferred but not required
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours per month mentoring a Fellow on a policy project
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 31st Annual Management Conference in New York City on June 3-5, 2020
    • Registration fees will be waived
  • Access to equipment (internet and telephone)

 

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