Executive Director

Posted on June 3, 2022
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Job Class: Executive Director Social Work Board

Working Title: Executive Director 


  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 05/31/2022
  • Closing Date: 06/30/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Social Work Board / Social Work Bd-Managerial
  • Division/Unit: Board of Social Work
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday-Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes/Occasionally
  • Salary Range: $37.45 - $53.88/hourly; $78,195 - $112,501/annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 - Manager/Unrep
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: No


Job Summary


Note: To be considered for this position, current Board members must resign from the Board prior to submitting an application per Minnesota Statutes, sections 214.09, subdivision 5.


The Minnesota Board of Social Work (BOSW) is a state-wide executive branch agency dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the citizens of the State of Minnesota by regulating the practice of social work. The agency has four divisions including Compliance, Licensing, Communications, and Administration, with 14 employees.  The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for performing all executive duties of the board as outlined in Minnesota Statute 148E and 148D and Minnesota Statute 214. The ED is responsible for managing a $4 million biennial budget. 


The ED works collaboratively with a 15-member Board and provides senior leadership, management, and guidance to the agency to ensure the agency carries out its critical public safety legislative mandate under MS 148E. The ED formulates and directs strategies that impact a diverse set of subordinate divisions including Compliance, Licensing, Administration, and Communications. 


The ED manages the planning and policymaking functions for developing, implementing, and directing all programs and critical services of the Board. This includes the licensing and regulation of 17,000+ licensed social workers at four primary license types, complaint investigation and resolution, technology management, operations and administration management, development and implementation of policy and legislation.  The ED represents the Board to a diverse group of stakeholders.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in social work, public policy and administration, organizational leadership, Juris Doctorate, or related field. If candidate possesses a graduate degree in social work, this must be accompanied by current licensure in the State of Minnesota. 
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development and implementation of public policy and legislation.
  • Experience in fiscal and asset management, including development of budgets and prioritizing limited resources.
  • Leadership and management skills to effectively manage staff, statutory programs, and operations and make appropriate independent decisions. 
  • Ability to articulate and embody a vision for moving the Board forward in its equity and inclusion commitments, at an organizational and system level in an evolving social landscape.
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups while representing the Board on the local, statewide, and national level.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience in public speaking, correspondence, and drafting policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to apply discretion in sensitive situations.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple and competing priorities within required timelines and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated digital literacy.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of the social work profession.
  • Experience working effectively with a Board of Directors Governance model.
  • Executive administrative regulatory experience applying statutes, rules or policies, or similar activities for occupational professional licensure to applicants or similar regulated professionals.
  • Knowledge of existing legislation and regulations affecting activities and programs of the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
  • Legislative experience.
  • Experience with identifying and measuring outcomes and strategic planning.


Additional Requirements

Successful applicants must submit a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may include the following components:


SEMA4 Records Check

Employment Reference Check

FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check & MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 

Driver’s License Check


Application Details


Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.


Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.


How to Apply

Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website Job ID 56121. Applications not submitted through the Careers site will not be accepted.


If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.



If you have questions about the position, contact Nella Austin or 651/201-8005.




The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.


We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.