Washington State DSHS SOCIAL SERVICE SPECIALIST SUPERVISOR in Bremerton, Washington


Do you crave 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? If this sounds like you, bring your professional knowledge, excellent communications skills and emotional intelligence to work for Children's Administration within the Department of Social and Health Services.

Children's Administration is currently recruiting for a dynamic, motivated and culturally competent *Social Service Specialist Supervisor *with the Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) program within the Children's Administration, located in Bremerton, Washington.

A Social Service Specialist Supervisor (SSS4) functions as the first line supervisor of a unit of Social Service Specialists who provide professional level social services to clients.

Social Service Specialist Supervisors employ the planning, accountability and tracking process to ensure subordinate Social Service Specialists meet all casework management directives as required by law, policy and other mandates. Hold staff accountable for performance issues in compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the State of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees.

Utilize cultural competency to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with clients, subordinate staff and other individuals across cultures, focusing on understanding and respecting the strengths of the clients including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles.

As a Social Service Specialist Supervisor you teach and mentor subordinate staff to:

  • Ensure child safety is at the forefront of all decision making.
  • Achieve and perform all duties with cultural competency.
  • Attain a full understanding and application of the Solution Based Casework (SBC) model in the performance of all duties and responsibilities assigned
  • Use of FamLink to ensure all documentation and payment initiation requirements are met; in addition to ensuring accurate data for the quality assurance processes.
  • Develop partnerships with families
  • Demonstrate ability to engage in team work
  • Effectively communicate even in a conflict situation and be solution focused

*We are most interested individuals who have: *

A Bachelor's degree or higher in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and two (2) years of experience as a Social Service Specialist 3 (formerly Social Worker 3);


A Bachelor's degree or higher in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and 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;

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

Be prepared to provide copy of your college transcripts with application or may be requested by hiring manager at a later date

This recruitment has been extended. If you previously applied it is not required to apply again. The hiring manager reserves the right to interview and possibly offer this position to a qualified applicant before the actual closing date.

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brenda Fitzpatrick at (509) 363-5032 or brenda.fitzpatrick@dshs.wa.gov and reference 09665.

#C337E Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09665 C337E

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/31/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,109.00 - $5,385.00 Monthly

Location: Kitsap County – Bremerton, WA