Chair: Karen Hopkins, PhD
The Organizational Leadership Specialization is a vital educational track that prepares students to meet the future leadership demands of the private and public human services sector through developing and using management and leadership skills seamlessly as a continuum across a range of organizational types and community settings. The growing leadership deficit in both the human service nonprofit and public sectors has been well-documented as many current managers are retiring and far fewer are trained to take over despite the national growth in nonprofits and human services. There has never been as great an opportunity as now for prepared social workers to step into leadership positions. Courses with a range of faculty experienced in leadership and a variety of interesting field placements prepare students as supervisors, team leaders, program managers, and transformational leaders in:
- Design, implementation, and management of programs and services,
- Talent and resource development,
- Performance measurement,
- Budgeting, and
- Leadership to target change in people, organizations, and culture.
Field placements are available in a plethora of organizations throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The specialization is available to students in the Macro concentration and Macro/Clinical secondary concentration.
A Sub-Specialization in Social Work in the Workplace and Employee Assistance is available within the Organizational Leadership Specialization.