Washington State DSHS Adult Protective Services Specialist in Spokane, Washington


The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) vision: Seniors and people with disabilities living with good health, independence, dignity, and control over the decisions that affect their lives.

Our Social Service Specialists make a difference in people's life and advocate for elderly or vulnerable adults.

Home and Community Services (HCS) is currently recruiting for a dynamic, motivated, and culturally competent Adult Protective Social Service Specialist with the Adult Protective Services (APS) Program. The position will be classified as a Social Service Specialist 3 and will be based in Spokane.

This recruitment has been extended. If you previously applied, it is not required to apply again.


Working at the specialist level, you will have the opportunity to independently provide intensive and professional services to a population of high risk, potentially dysfunctional and frail persons who are medically, functionally, mentally, and/or financially dependent and in need of the full range of HCS services. This population includes clients in community settings who are at high risk of being placed in an institution.

Some of the major duties you will be doing are:

  • Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment of vulnerable adults.
  • Face to face interviews with alleged victims, alleged perpetrators, and other collateral contacts.
  • Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigation, services and outcomes.
  • Asses vulnerable adult's cognition, physical, mental and functional abilities.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with appropriate law enforcement agences, legal entities, contractors/providers, Physicians, numerous community agencies, and other DSHS divisions in order to provide services to vulnerable adults.
  • Provide client advocacy, as well as consultation, networking, family support and crisis intervention. Qualifications

Here are the Qualifications we are looking for:

A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and three years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2 OR One year as a Social Service Specialist 2 (formerly Social Worker 2). OR

A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and two years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

Experience must include one year of paid experience working with vulnerable adults assessing risk and determining functional capabilities.

*A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicumwill be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.

Supplemental Information

The hiring manager reserves the right to interview and possibly offer this position to a qualified candidate before the actual closing date. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as soon as possible.

Consideration will be given to complete application information.

Please make sure that your college transcripts are attached to your application BEFORE you submit your application to this job posting.If unable to attach transcripts you may e-mail them to patti.palmer@dshs.wa.gov by the closing date. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable however they must be clearly legible, must reflect your name, the name of the university or college and the date the degree was received. All applicable education must be accredited and recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and/or the United States Department of Education (USDE).

Applications submitted without college transcripts may be disqualified from further consideration for this posting.

Other 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 a 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.

For questions about this recruitment please contact Patti Palmer, at 509-454-6917 or patti.palmer@dshs.wa.gov and reference 04176.


Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-04176 XM48 YK88

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/31/2016 12:00 AM 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: Spokane County – Spokane, WA