Macro Social Work

Macro practice social work include the areas of community organizing (learn more, pdf); development, fundraising and grant writing (learn more, pdf); economic development (learn more, pdf), and public policy (learn more, pdf). Learn more about macro social work (pdf). These are some examples of social workers doing macro practice:

Tim Bailey, MSSW Community Intern , with local community leader on project site

“As the integrated community development programs coordinator at Glimmer, I collaborate with our Addis staff to monitor water, healthcare, education, and microfinance projects within our targeted communities across Ethiopia. I also work closely with our donors to ensure they are well informed on project status and engaged throughout the process. The MSSW program opened many doors for me that prepared me for this job. My success and preparedness are directly related to participating in the multi-discipliary Projects with Underserved Communities, the Grand Challenges Scholar Program and completing my final community development placement in Ghana. Students who may enjoy this line of work are those who love to travel, are open up to a exploring a world of possibility, want to be challenged with macro level real life problems needing comprehensive social response, and enjoy working on projects with a lot of detail.” – Tim Bailey


Ashley Katz-deJong

“I was a presidential management fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid under the Department of Health and Human Services. My first year I worked as a community engagement specialist with local and state organizations and communities to implement Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit. My second year I worked as policy analyst helping state agencies change their Medicaid programs, and conducting reviews of each state’s CHIP program. I have always had a passion and interest in politics and government. I enjoyed my clinical experiences in grad school, but I knew that in order for life to change for my clients someone had to be advocating for them at the top that really understood their challenges but could also speak like a policy wonk and be creative about political barriers. For this line of work, you need people skills, self awareness, communication skills, critical thinking, patience, writing skills, multi-tasking, public speaking skills. The program at the School of Social Work gave me a solid foundation and an opportunity to enhance my critical thinking and communication skills. I think I most value the self-awareness and emotional intelligence I had a chance to develop in the program.” – Ashley Katz-deJong


Amy Mizcles serves as The Arc of Texas’ lead lobbyist.  She works with members of the legislature and state agency staff to improve policies and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also works closely with The Arc’s volunteers to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families can share their personal stories with decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels. Finally, she also  training on legislative advocacy and health and human services enterprise systems issues. Amy credits her field instructor at the School of Social Work, Kathy Armenta, for inspiring her to get involved in social justice. “And the rest,” says Amy, “is history!” According to Amy, every day at her job is unique. Some days are filled with reading and research in the office. Most days are spent meeting with state agency staff and people at the capitol.


April Perez Hampton

“I serve as the director of Gift Planning at UT Austin. I work with the major gifts team and the development staff in ten colleges and schools to secure estate gifts for the university. For example, I speak with people daily about including the university in their will or naming us a beneficiary of their retirement plan. My goal is to help alumni and friends meet their philanthropic goals by finding the right initiative/program on campus to support, the best asset to use and the best time to give. In a typical day, I travel and visit with alumni and friends and ask them what they would like to accomplish with their money at the university that would be meaningful to them. For this line of work you have to be a good listener, pay attention to detail, and have compassion for others. You also have to feel comfortable with asking for money and talking about money, have good organization, have the ability to follow through, and have passion for what you’re ‘selling.’ Students who are outgoing, confident, want to make a difference, and are interested in management and non- profit administration may enjoy this line of work.” April Perez-Hampton