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National Association of Social Workers Iowa Chapter seeks a consultant to conduct a needs assessment and action plan on Meeting the Needs of Iowans through the services of Professional Social Workers.”


The Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Telligen Community Initiative that will allow us to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment/asset map and action plan of the social work profession in the state of Iowa, particularly focusing on what we anticipate to be some of the greatest needs: recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, mitigating an aging workforce, and creating a stronger professional workforce in rural areas.


This is a contract position for up to 19 hours per week for a period of up to 10 months (or some combination thereof). We anticipate a start date around Feb. 1, 2018


The fellow will have relevant training and background and may be

·        A recent graduate of a CSWE accredited social work program;

·        A social work doctoral student;

·        An outstanding advanced standing social work student for a field placement;

·        A social work professor seeking a research project or consulting job;

·        A social worker or allied professional with experience conducting needs assessments and writing action plans.


We envision the work taking place in three stages.  Tasks are likely to include:

Spring 2018

  • Develop a work plan and list of needed contacts to conduct the needs assessment
  • Develop a list of stakeholders that should be interviewed either in person or the phone
  • Develop a list of stakeholders that should be surveyed
  • Develop a survey for employers who hire who would like hire professional social workers
  • Develop a survey for social workers
  • Develop a survey for social work students
  • Develop a survey for social work programs
  • Work with the national office of NASW to ensure that data collection supplements, not duplicates the Fall 2017 survey of recent graduates
  • Compile materials from other sources, such as the social work programs in the state, that could inform the study
  • Determine best time to hold focus groups and potentially schedule
  • Use American Community Survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics data to compile Iowa overview of the social work profession
  • Monitor legislative efforts that impact the social work labor force

Summer 2018

·        Collect qualitative data and conduct interviews to inform needs assessment

·        Distribute surveys

·        Analyze quantitative data

·        Compile and write a literature review of related documents

·        Write report for Telligen Community Initiatives


Fall 2018

·     Compile qualitative and quantitative results of research and write needs assessment/asset mapping, including an executive summary

·        Write action plan informed by needs assessment/asset map, including an executive summary,

·        Distribute publications to appropriate audiences

·        Make presentations to communicate findings to appropriate audiences

·        Write final report for Telligen Community Initiatives


This person must be a self-directed, self-starter who can work remotely.

Hourly rate based on experience.


Because this is a contract position, benefits are not available.  The work of this grant must be completed by 12-31-18.  There is a budget for travel to focus groups and one-to-one interviews. 


Must have capacity to travel to approximately 4 site visits across the state. 

(Because of the terms of the grant, the funding cycle is not well aligned with the academic calendar.  NASW IA is aware of this and is willing to create a schedule that would serve a well-qualified placement student well.  However, the work of the grant must be completed by 12-31-18.)


Application Deadline: Monday, Jan. 8th 2018.


To apply, please send a resume, list of three references, and two relevant writing samples to


Denise Rathman, MSW

Executive Director

NASW Iowa Chapter

1620 Pleasant St. #212

Des Moines IA  50314

Questions may be directed to the above email or call 515-277-1117









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