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DCYF CFWS Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3)

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2475370
Categories: Customer Service
Keywords: service

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.

We're looking for professionals to join our team to help build DCYF. 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:
Social Service Specialist 3
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? The Department of Children, Youth and Families is seeking a dynamic and motivated professional to join our Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) Unit at our King East office in Bellevue. You will assess and intervene on assigned referrals or cases to protect children, plan for permanent living arrangements for children, and assure that child health and education needs are met.

Some of what you will do:
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement and work with the family to find the strongest placement to nurture the child's cultural and family ties.
  • Provide case management services to facilitate out-of-home placements; review need for continued out-of-home care, and when safe and appropriate, coordinate successful reunification services to parents.
  • Ongoing assessments of the family's needs and children's health, safety and well-being.
  • Monitor the health and safety of child by regular visitation in the placement facility.
  • Provide permanency planning towards reunification, guardianship, adoption, long-term foster care or other arrangements as indicated.
  • Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles.
  • Develop effective partnerships with the family, service providers and others to address primary safety risks and concerns through cultural competency and strength based communication to remove the barriers that brought them to the attention of the department.
  • Work independently in devising your own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and solution focused case management.
  • Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink.
  • Secure placements for children in foster care.
  • Facilitate shared planning meetings.

Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 3:
Professionals with one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2
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.
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. A practicum will be substituted for the one year of paid social service experience

Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
  • Ability to make critical decisions, based on integration of information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in high-stress situations.
  • Engage children and families under difficult circumstances, to gather information to make accurate and precise decisions.
  • Proven ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to communicate information both orally and in writing so others will understand.
  • Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Successfully manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to successfully work as part of a cohesive team, while also performing independently in a variety of settings.

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 job.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement

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) 407-1428 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388

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