March is Social Work Month!


The 2019 campaign will honor contributions of social workers and put the spotlight on social work salaries.


During Social Work Month 2019, NASW will launch the “Elevate Social Work” Campaign that will educate the public about the contributions social workers have made to our society and why the profession is so vital to our nation.


NASW also wants to use the campaign to begin a conversation to help social workers get better compensation for the work they do.


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Currently accepting breakout session presenters!

1-hr, 1.5-hr, and 2-hr sessions available.  Ethics, Alaska Native, Substance Use, and Cross Cultural always welcomed!  Click the NASW AK Conference tab for more!



Sun, Mar 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM AKDT 



Greetings to our Membership,


For those of you in Juneau and traveling to Juneau in the next few days for the Chapter LEAD events on March 17 & 18,  I wish you an exciting time of learning and participation on behalf of social work in Alaska.  For those unable to attend in person, I hope you will take the time and engage in the opportunities for CE learning and consider connecting with the Board Meeting held on the 17th. This board meeting will address transitions, elections, the conference, and regional updates, so many important details for each of us to be kept in the loop. 


As the call for nominations has gone out, let’s each do our best to reach out to colleagues and share what NASW has to offer and the benefits for membership and volunteer positions on the board and committees.  We are in particular need for electing/appointing a member to serve as a point person for the Committee on Nominations & Leadership (CNL).  If you would like to learn more about the membership benefits or have talking points for sharing about NASW, please take a look at our National website under membership.  You might be surprised at the numerous available benefits.  For example, how about the opportunity for earning free CEs througout the year when you join a speciality section for $40.  One CE training and your speciality membership section fee is offset.  I'm a member of the Mental Health section and just last week completed a training on Companion Animals & Healthy Aging.  A course in Ethics and Integrated Health Care is coming up the end of March.   


If you would like to learn about Chapter business, then connect with our March Board Meeting, via remotely:


NASW AK Board Meeting 
Sun, Mar 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM AKDT 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 

Access Code: 111-095-413 

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You can always call the office to learn more about National happenings and our Alaska Chapter.  Be inspired - Become Involved!




Sandy Kerns, MEd., MSW, LCSW

Executive Director



Executive Director

National Association of Social Workers – Alaska Chapter


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is seeking a tele-work part-time Executive Director for the Alaska Chapter. Applicants will possess strong nonprofit association management skills, a substantial knowledge of the social work profession, and a strong commitment to social work values. Applicants will also have leadership skills that engage, inspire, and mobilize the Association’s membership. 

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 120,000 members nationwide. The Alaska Chapter has approximately 350 members statewide. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound and just social policies.

The position is for 32 hours per week with a competitive salary in the thirties, plus excellent benefits, including health and life insurance, and retirement. The Chapter Executive Director reports to the NASW Deputy Director of Chapter Operations at the National Office and is accountable to the Alaska Chapter Board of Directors. Travel across the state of Alaska is a required component of the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience working with professional or non-profit organizations and their volunteer Boards
  • Minimum 3 years of executive leadership experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while meeting organizational goals and timelines
  • Exceptional executive management and administrative skills with oversight of multiple programs
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • College degree required; MSW preferred
  • Demonstrated budget and financial management skills
  • Applicants from throughout the state (and all states) will be considered with preference for being Juneau and Anchorage-based


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in membership recruiting, engagement, and support
  • Demonstrated program development and implementation experience
  • Strong experience and skills in the areas of public policy, advocacy and the legislative process
  • Ability to manage administrative tasks in conjunction with the NASW National Office
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Experience working with traditional and social media
  • Proficiency with MS Office products software, including Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, as well as working in the online/“cloud” environment.


Only electronic documents will be accepted. Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to no later April 10, 2019.

NASW-AK is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination.  Applicants from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

Why be a part of NASW?  Top reasons: 1) personal connection, 2) enjoy meaningful involvement, 3) to be a part of something important and 4) understand the impact you are making.  If you would like to join NASW, renew your membership, or talk about member benefits, then call the Alaska Chapter Office 907-332-6279.  

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