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.
Social Service Specialist 2-3
Do you want the ability to impact families in a positive way? Are you the type of employee who is consultative and enjoys being engaged with your clients? Bring your professional knowledge, excellent communications skills and emotional intelligence to work for DCYF. We are seeking proactive learners and resilient contributors to join our Child Protective Services (CPS), Children and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), Family Assessment Response (FAR) and Family Voluntary Services (FVS) programs located in our King East
Some of what you'll do as a Social Service Specialist:
Meet all casework management directives required by law, policy, and other mandates
Adhere to Solution-Based Casework (SBC) model
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
What we are looking for:
Professionals with a Bachelor's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or a related field and two years of paid social service experience.
Master's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field and one year of paid social service experience. A practicum will be substituted for the one year of paid social service experience.
Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.
We're looking for professionals who have successfully demonstrated:
Ability to make critical decisions, based on integration of information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in high-stress situations
Engage children and families under difficult circumstances, to gather information to make accurate and precise decisions
Proven ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions
Ability to communicate information both orally and in writing so others will understand
Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Successfully manage competing priorities
How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants should 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
Current resume detailing experience and education
Based on experience, this job may be filled as a Social Service Specialist 2 with a training plan.
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.
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.
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 job is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
Salary: $3,961.00 - $5,465.00 Monthly
Location:* King County Bellevue, WA
Job Type:* Full Time
Department:* Dept of Children, Youth, and Families
Job Number:* 2018-08574
Closing: 10/1/2018 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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