Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 or 2 In-Training in Other, 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 Office of Indian Child Welfare.

We are currently seeking two permanent Social Service Specialist 3's to join our Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) program and Child Protective Services (CPS) within our field office located in Seattle, WA. Look at what our current staff has to say – Click here.

Some of what you'll do as a Social Service Specialist

  • Work with children and families in tribal and/or Native American communities.
  • Coordinates services with tribes, if children are eligible for membership.
  • Assist tribes in intervening in court and providing the tribe's recommendations and
  • information to the court.
  • 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.

We're looking for professionals who have successfully demonstrated:

  • Experience working in tribal and/or Native American communities and an understanding of tribal sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • 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 Who should apply?

Professionals with:

1 year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2


A Bachelor's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or a related field and two years of paid social service experience


A 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.


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

Based on experience, this job may be filled as a Social Service Specialist 2 In-training.

Please include a cover letter and updated resume in your online application.

For questions about this recruitment please contact Lynette Ryder at lynette.ryder@dshs.wa.gov and reference job 09908. 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: 2016-09908 VB93E TN82E DP32E

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 11/6/2016 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: $3,453.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: King County - Seattle – Other, WA