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Ontario Association of Social Workers

Manager, Advocacy, Research & Education


Jarvis & Carlton1533260

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OASW is the voice of the social work profession. As a member organization, we seek to:

  • Expand awareness of the value of social workers
  • Build relationships to advance our profession and increase the impact of our advocacy on behalf of our members and their clients
  • Foster engagement with current and future practitioners to strengthen both the wide-ranging field of Social Work and the Association. 

Job Description

The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is looking for a Manager, Advocacy, Research & Education to advance the goals of the Association. This is a full-time permanent position. 

We are looking for a dynamic team player to join our small, cohesive and collaborative team in a progressive membership-based organization. 

Major responsibilities include:


  • Plays a leadership role in the achievement of OASW’s social and professional advocacy goals in consultation with senior staff and the Vice President, Social and Professional Advocacy and the Government Relations Firm.
  • Develop policy documents, briefing notes for government meetings, letters to government, and advocacy statements.
  • Represent and speak on behalf of OASW in meetings with groups, branches, committees, other organizations and at events related to priority issues.


  • Conduct research and analysis on a wide variety of social and health policy issues and legislation. Identify experts and integrate their input into the preparation of policy briefs and position statements.
  • Oversee research projects to build evidence that demonstrates the value of social work.
  • Research and write handbooks, manuals, statements and articles related to professional practice.


  • Conduct research and report on trends in professional development.
  • Develop and implement programs for educational activities, including online courses and the biennial provincial Conference, in consultation with the Planning Committee. 
  • Source articles and solicit new material on professional practice, innovations in the field and social work research for online publication.

 The ideal candidate will possess:

  • MSW with 8-10 years of work experience (both policy and clinical).
  • Strong analytical/conceptual skills. Expertise in policy analysis, normally developed through work experience in a social planning, community organization or government setting. Ability to relate to a wide range of content areas and issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills using a variety of formats/vehicles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Well-developed social media expertise.
  • Keen sense of professional identity. Up-to-date knowledge of emerging trends in the profession and social work education.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal consultation, while integrating collegially in a small office environment.
  • RSW designation (or eligibility to register with OCSWSSW).

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Application deadline: September 18, 2017

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Ontario Association of Social Workers
Posting Date: 25-Aug-2017Social Work Permanent, Full-Time $69,000 - $74,000/yr 1 ASAP