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DCYF Child Protective Service Investigator (SSS 3 in-training) - Aberdeen
at State of Washington
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.
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."
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? You can help reduce child abuse and neglect and improve the lives of children and families. The Department of Children, Youth and Families is seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to join our hardworking Child Protective Services (CPS) unit in Aberdeen. You will investigate reports of alleged child abuse or neglect; make referrals to services that help improve conditions that endanger the health, safety and welfare of children; and place children in out-of-home placements, when necessary, to ensure safety.
Some of what you'll do:
- Meet all casework management directives required by law, policy, and other mandates
- Adhere to Solution-Based Casework (SBC) model
- Perform advanced level work in the investigation of child abuse and neglect allegations and specialized case management
- Investigate allegations, assess complex family situations, and develop plans to protect children either in their own homes or out of home care through the intervention of the court system. Prepare required legal documents.
- Make findings of abuse or neglect based on the results of the investigation.
- Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles
- Work independently in devising your own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and solution focused case management
- Utilize the Child Health and Education Tracking (CHET) Screens
- Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink
- Document case activities and maintain case records in the federally designated electronic case management system (FamLink)
The goal class for this position is a Social Service Specialist 3. We are willing to consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 level, with a training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. Experience is the only difference between qualifications for both levels, and will be evaluated by the hiring manager.
Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 3 level:
Professionals who have 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.
Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 2 level:
Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience.
Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and one year of paid social service experience. A practicum will 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
- Ability to 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
- Ability to successfully manage competing priorities
Please include with your application:
- Letter of Interest describing why your skills and experience make you the best person for the job
- College transcripts
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.
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