Dcyf - Child And Family Welfare Social Service Specialist Supervisor

Washington State Puyallup , WA 98371

Posted 3 weeks ago


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.

We're looking for professionals to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community."

The Opportunity:

Within the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Region 5, Puyallup office. The CFWS Social Services Specialist Supervisor functions as the first line supervisor of a unit of Social Service Specialists in Children and Family Services. This position provides professional level social services to clients of CWS, CPS, FRS, DLR, ICW, or other specialty programs like adoption support and interstate compact. This position receives little supervision and the incumbent exercises independent judgment in devising own work methods. In performing all assigned duties, this Social Service Specialist adheres to the tenets of the Child Safety Frame Work model and Structure Decision Making Tool (SDMRA) model with a focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of the clients including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles.

Child Safety Frame Work model and Structure Decision Making Tool (SDMRA) enables the Social Service Specialist to more effectively:

  • Develop effective partnerships with the family, service providers and others to address primary safety risks and concerns through cultural competency and strength based communication.

  • Locate the problem(s) within the everyday life of the family and identify the individual(s) and the behavior(s) that led to maltreatment.

  • Help the family to identify cycles of maltreatment and utilize relapse prevention techniques

  • Develop and update co-constructed plans with the family that target the primary area of safety and other child needs

  • Develop skill-based individual and family level objectives

  • Take additional action when needed to meet the needs of child safety, permanency and well-being

  • Recognize and document incremental progress made by the family towards meeting the identified objectives/goals

Some of what you will be doing:

  • Assigns, prioritizes, and reviews Social Service Specialist (SSS) assignments.

  • Consults with and gives direction on assessing risk.

  • Hires and trains new and existing professional staff in law, policies, and procedures governing their work assignments.

  • Giving court testimony for mentoring staff in preparation for court testimony and ensures subordinate staff prepare and provide timely/complete legal documents for court appearances.

  • Understands and works effectively with tribal governments and associated constituents.

  • Prepares written performance evaluations for staff on current Performance Evaluation system and initiates any appropriate corrective/disciplinary action as necessary in compliance with current Collective Bargaining Agreement and agency rules.

  • Conducts case-staffing, regular unit meetings and participates on multi-disciplinary and community teams.

  • Reviews level of risk in cases of alleged child abuse or neglect and ensures levels of agency intervention match levels of assessed risk to children and consider/apply permanency needs.

  • Approves or denies staff requests for expenditures of funds in appropriate and/or exceptional case plans.

What we are looking for:

Two (2) years of experience as a Social Service Specialist 3 (formerly Social Worker 3)
Four (4) years of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2 (formerly Social Worker 2).
A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and four (4) years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and six (6) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

Two (2) years of paid social service experience must include assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services (strengthening and preserving family units).

NOTE: A two (2) year Master's degree in one of the above fields that include a practicum may be substituted for one (1) year of paid social service experience.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of Social casework principles and practices

  • Present material effectively in written and oral form;

  • Develop and implement casework plans with appropriate consideration for protecting child safety and preserving parental rights

  • Ability to write clear and professional documents.

  • Ability to work as part of a decision making team that Includes family members and professionals from other disciplines.

How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position

  • Unofficial transcripts

Supplemental Information:

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in this position.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.
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To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.

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  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.

  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.

  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.

  • Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.

  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.

  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing.


  • Salary:* $4,715.00 - $6,183.00 Monthly

  • Location:* Pierce County Puyallup, WA

  • Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent

  • Department:* Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

  • Job Number:* 2018-10357

Closing: 10/24/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

  • Agency:* State of Washington

  • Address:* View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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Dcyf - Child And Family Welfare Social Service Specialist Supervisor

Washington State