Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 - Intake Specialist in Seattle, Washington



Responding to child abuse and neglect involve protecting children from harm and supporting families to reduce the risk of future harm to children.

When an Intake Specialist receives reports from professionals and concerned citizens alerting them to concerns about a child's welfare, they may initiate an investigation to determine if a child has been or is at risk of being harmed. Staff may also assess the child's and family's needs or engage in other interventions to support the family's efforts to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children.

Children's Administration is currently recruiting for two dynamic, motivated and culturally competent Intake Social Service Specialists with the Intake Unit located in downtown Seattle, Washington.

The work schedule for these positions is: Monday-Friday; 12:00pm-9:00pm.


These positions respond to calls and assess risk, safety and protective factors and document/record in FamLink of information regarding children and families. This includes:

  • Interview referrers and document information received including asking clarifying questions; obtaining details and assessing the information provided.
  • Conduct a thorough data search by using a variety of complex application systems to obtain additional pertinent information, to assist in assessing risk and protective factors and determine screening decision.
  • Consult with supervisor on all intakes regarding children needing emergent response due to current threats of danger and risk of imminent harm.
  • Create Intakes/Case Notes and document all pertinent information.
  • Document all Adult Protective Services calls received on the End Harm line into daily activity log.
  • As necessary, records placement information of all children placed on placement logs.
  • Reports all fatalities to the duty supervisor and assists in completing critical incident reports. Qualifications

Here's What We're Looking For:

One year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2. OR A Bachelor's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral science and a related field and three years of paid social service experience. OR A Master's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral science or a related field and two years of paid social service experience (a practicum, within the Master's program, may be substituted for 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 practices services (strengthening and preserving family units).

Supplemental Information

Applicant review will be on-going and the hiring authority has the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the process. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply as soon as possible.

We need a complete application specifying your work experience. Please be prepared to provide a copy of your college transcripts to verify degree information. Applicants may provide transcripts with application or may be requested by hiring team at a later date.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. 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.

Click HERE for additional information about Children's Administration and to see brief interviews with actual workers.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact the Recruiter, Teresa Alseth at 425-339-1754 or email teresa.alseth@dshs.wa.gov and reference 09821.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09821 ZA51, ZA52

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/26/2016 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: $3,627.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA