Dcyf - CPS Inv/Far Rapid Response Specialist 3 (Sss3) Tacoma

State Of Washington Tacoma , WA 98402

Posted 2 months ago


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families 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 Service Specialist 3

Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? You can help reduce child abuse and neglect and improve the lives of children and families. We are seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to provide coverage to our Child Protective Services, Family Voluntary Services and Children and Family Welfare Services programs in Region 5 offices. You will assess complex family situations, interview children and parents, assess child safety, develop plans to protect children in their own homes when needed, and offer services to children and families.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Investigate and assess assigned cases of child abuse and neglect to include conducting Initial Face-to-Face visits with the child victims and make contact with parent/subjects and collateral contacts

  • Gather information necessary to assess child safety and determine the service needs of families, and develop and implement case plans that protect children from harm.

  • Provide goal directed, task centered, and time limited crisis counseling and intervention to adolescents and families.

  • Provide intensive social work services to children and families designed to remedy parenting deficiencies and strengthen parenting and coping skills.

  • Provide referrals for assessments and resources that respond to the identity, cultural, and psycho-emotional needs of children and clients.

  • Implement culturally-relevant, ADA sensitive, and individualized service plans with clients which are goal-directed, have specific behavioral objectives and are time-limited.

  • Prepare and file dependency petitions, and other legal documents related to the establishment of dependency.

  • Provides short-term court ordered and voluntary placement of children with licensed foster parents or relative placements to provide care and protection.

What we are looking for:

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.


Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and two years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2. A practicum will substitute for the one year of paid social service experience.


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.

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 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.

Please attach:


Cover letter

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 407-1429 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388

Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.

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.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:

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

  • 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.
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Dcyf - CPS Inv/Far Rapid Response Specialist 3 (Sss3) Tacoma

State Of Washington