Washington State DSHS Social Service Workers 2/3 (5 Temporary Positions with CPS, FAR, FVS, CFWS, ICW-CFWS) in Smokey Point, Washington



Prevention is the best hope for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community.

This job focuses on establishing meaningful relationships with families and the communities around them. It empowers families to contribute to their own solutions and success. It is essentially the core of preventive social services.

Children's Administration is currently recruiting for multiple dynamic, motivated, and culturally competent temporary Social Service Specialists within the Smokey Point Division of Children and Family Services office, located in Arlington, Washington.


We will be hiring for each of the following programs:

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigations
  • Family Assessment Response (FAR)
  • Family Voluntary Services (FVS)
  • Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS)
  • Indian Child Welfare - Child and Family Welfare Services (ICW CFWS) Typical duties include:

  • Assess complex family situations, interviews children and parents, assess child safety, develops plans to protect children in their own homes when needed and offers services to children and families.

  • Works with families to mitigate identified risk on a voluntary basis prior to the removal of the children from the home via court structure. The intervention is designed to protect children from child abuse and/or neglect with ongoing continuous risk assessments while keeping children in their own homes. Engages the family and builds on the willingness of the family to work with members of the department as well as professionals within the community. Will initiate court structure to remove children if risk cannot be mitigated to keep the child safe or if additional risk factors arise.
  • Ensure timely permanency outcomes for all children in a caseload to include reunification, adoptions, guardianship and third party custody plans. Engages in critical thinking through shared decision making and case planning and protects children from risk of harm whenever such risks are indicated.
  • Develop effective partnerships with families, service providers and others to address primary safety and risk concerns through cultural competency and strength based communication.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing techniques with children and parents to gather information and build rapport with families.
  • Identify root circumstances within the family that led to the department referral and assist the family in addressing them as needed.
  • Help the family to identify cycles of maltreatment and utilize relapse prevention techniques.
  • Develop and update co-constructed plans with the family that target the primary area of safety and other child needs.
  • Develop skill-based individual and family level objectives.
  • Assess safety and risk throughout the case and take additional action when needed to meet the needs of child safety, permanency and well-being.
  • Recognize and document incremental progress made by the family towards meeting the identified objectives/goals. Qualifications

Here's What We're Looking For:

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

Selected candidate must complete the formal training sponsored by DSHS at the time of hire. Additional mandatory trainings must be completed within the first year.

Application 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.

Questions? Please contact Teresa Alseth at 425-339-1754 or email Teresa Alseth.

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.

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

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Job Number: 2016-00278 (JM87)

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: Snohomish County - Smokey Point, WA