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DCYF Area Administrator (WMS 2) Region 3

at State of Washington

Pay: $58752 to $88000/year
$58752 - $88000
Posted: 11/16/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2422854
Keywords: office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a brand new cabinet-level state agency established in order to protect children and strengthen families so they flourish.

***Apply NOW! A review will occur on 12/31/2019. This announcement will remain open until the position is filled***

We're looking for an Area Administrator to join our team and help build DCYF by providing high-level leadership, management, and oversight of child welfare programs. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." 

The Opportunity:
The area administrator is responsible for the day-to-day management of the field office and ensures that the agency's mission is fully implemented, integrated and reflected in the day-to-day practice of the office. Through strong leadership, organization and motivation, our area administrators ensure high-quality safety, permanency and well-being practices for all cases managed in the office; implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act, improvement plans recommended in case reviews and overall quality assurance of child welfare practices.
You should enjoy leading, managing, directing, coordinating and supervising as these skills will be essential in your successful delivery of child welfare programs and direct services provided by our Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Friday Harbor offices. These locations include the following programs:
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations
  • Family Assessment Response (FAR)
  • Voluntary Services (FVS)
  • Indian Child Welfare (ICW)
  • court filing activities
  • Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS)
  • Transportation and visitation services for children in out-of-home care
  • protocols
  • Coordinating the execution of Parent-Child Visitation and Transportation contracts.
The area administrator ensures that the Department values and all federal and state laws; including policies, practices, and procedures of the Child Welfare Division are fully implemented. The position is vital to accurately and consistently message the agency's goals, initiatives, and priorities. The position is responsible for meeting performance standards, clinical supervision, workload management, accountability and oversight of personnel. The position ensures the operational health of the office, maintains positive tribal, community and provider relations and goals of the region. The position develops performance expectations and manages the performance of staff using available mechanisms (Collective Bargaining Agreement, DCYF policies, ICWA, Human Resource Division, etc.) to improve practice and develop staff. The area administrator monitors performance and is actively engaged in developing and implementing corrective actions aimed at improving practice and effectively addressing areas needing improvement.
This position, among many other duties, is responsible for the following:
  • Lead the execution of the agency's mission and initiatives; ensuring quality and consistency of safety, permanency and well-being practices across all programs.
  • Responsible for office performance and outcomes in core child welfare measures at the regional, state and federal levels.
  • Adherence to federal and state laws governing the delivery of child welfare services to children and families, including active engagement and service delivery to Native American children, families, and communities.
  • Hiring, training, productivity, accountability, and supporting the development and career progression. 
  • Represent Child Welfare at meetings with Tribes, Tribal Organizations, community groups or organizations; deliver public presentations regarding Children's programs, policies, and issues.
  • Preserve and strengthen connections and communication with local communities and providers.
  • Develop, support and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with school districts, the medical community, law enforcement, courts, prosecutor's office, military, faith community, providers, child advocacy groups, etc.
  • Develop and implement quality assurance and continuous quality improvement strategies to ensure consistent outcomes and quality service delivery to diverse populations in a culturally-competent manner; while assuring service coordination with providers, CA personnel, governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  • Actively engage in efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate the over-representation of children of color in the child welfare system.
  • Resolve constituent, consumer and community concerns regarding child safety and case planning decisions and activities.
What we are looking for (Required Qualifications):
  • Master's degree in social work, a health or social science, public administration or a related field and three years of professional experience in planning, administering, developing or delivery of public child welfare, social, health or chemical dependency treatment programs.
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, a health or social science, public administration or a related field and five years of professional experience in planning, administering, developing or delivery of social and/or child welfare services program.
  • Two years of experience supervising professional staff in social service delivery.
  • Two years of paid social service experience where the main duties included assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services for strengthening and preserving family units.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
  • Demonstrated history of strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Deep understanding of child welfare laws, rules, regulations, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated history of handling stressful situations tactfully
How do I apply?
In addition to completing your online applicant profile, you must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume detailing experience and education
  • College transcripts or a copy of your degree
Please make sure that your cover letter, resume and college transcripts or a copy of your degree are attached to your online application BEFORE you submit your application.

Supplemental Information:

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.
Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388
Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
General suggestions for creating a good application packet:
  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions.  Include all requested documentation.
  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
  • Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one.  Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.
  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.
  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing.