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.
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 (Social Services Specialist 3 In-training):
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? We are seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to join our Child Protective Services (CPS) unit at our King South East office in Kent. You will investigate reports of alleged child abuse or neglect; make referrals to services that help improve conditions that endanger the health, safety and welfare of children; and place children in out-of-home placements, when necessary, to ensure safety.
Salary: $4,161.00 - $5,741.00 Monthly; plus an additional 5% premium pay for employees working in King County.
Some of what you'll do:
Meet all casework management directives required by law, policy, and other mandates
Perform advanced level work in the investigation of child abuse and neglect allegations and specialized case management
Investigate allegations, assess complex family situations, and develop plans to protect children either in their own homes or out of home care through the intervention of the court system
Make findings of abuse or neglect based on the results of the investigation.
Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles
Work independently in devising your own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and solution focused case management
Utilize the Child Health and Education Tracking (CHET) Screens
Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink
The goal class for this position is a Social Service Specialist 3. We are willing to consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 level, with a training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. Experience is the only difference between qualifications for both levels, and will be evaluated by the hiring manager.
Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 3 level:
Professionals who have one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2
Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and three years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 2 level:
Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
One year 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).
Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
Current working knowledge of applicable laws, rules and policies on delivery of child protective and child welfare services within Washington State and deliver services accordingly.
Ability to partner effectively with other professionals involved in the preparation of child and family prospective permanency families for transition and permanency outcome.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with child caregivers (foster parents, relatives, kin or facility staff). Include caregivers in the case planning process and provide support for meeting the child's unique needs.
Ability to implement risk assessment in all cases as defined by law and best practice using the agency preferred risk assessment model.
Please include with your application:
Letter of Interest describing why your skills and experience make you the best person for the job
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 the job.
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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