Washington State DSHS SOCIAL SERVICE SPECIALIST-APS Investigator in Vancouver, Washington


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

Home and Community Services (HCS) is currently recruiting for two dynamic, motivated, and culturally competent Adult Protective Social Service Specialists. One of these positions can be classified as a Social Service Specialist In-Training, both positions will be based in Vancouver WA.

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

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.
  • Assess vulnerable adult's cognition, physical, mental and functional abilities.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with appropriate law enforcement agencies, 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. Here are the Qualifications we are looking for:

A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.


Eighteen months as a Social Service Specialist 1


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

Experience must include one year of paidexperience assessing risk and safety to vulnerable adults or children.

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

NOTE: Employees must successfully complete the formal training course sponsored by their division within one year of their appointment.

This recruitment has been extended. If you previously applied it is not required to apply again. Screening of application materials will be on-going and reviewed weekly. Hiring manager can make a hiring decision at any time.

Supplemental Information

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

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brenda Fitzpatrick at (509) 363-5032 or brenda.fitzpatrick@dshs.wa.gov and reference 08723.

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Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-08723 WU80, SU05

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: Continuous

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: Clark County – Vancouver, WA