Macro Social Work Practice: MSW
Macro Social Work practice at the MSW level promotes social justice by working collectively within or among community groups and non-profit agencies to solve social problems in the neighborhood, workplace, or community. The Macro MSW Social Worker engages in critical thinking and strategic planning to organize, administer, and evaluate social service and economic programs for oppressed and disadvantaged populations. Specific duties include needs assessment, proposal writing, record keeping, budgeting, supervision, systematic evaluation, and financial management. A critical aspect of Macro program development is collaboration with a diverse group of city and regional planners, public administrators, public health care providers, and lawyers, as well as agency board members and community leaders from various interdisciplinary backgrounds.
Opportunities for Macro Social Work at the MSW level include positions in non-profit social service agencies, charities, faith-based community organizations, philanthropies, state and local government social service departments, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and as legislative aids in federal and state government. There are multiple opportunities with international non-government organizations (NGOs) and United Nation affiliates, such as United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).