State of Washington
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DCYF Family Assessment Response Specialist In-training - Bellevue
at State of Washington
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2456242
Overall Job Objective
We're looking for a Social Service Specialist 3 to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. 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."
We need your child services experience at the Family Assessment Response (FAR) Team located at our King East Office to provide intensive social services to children and families designed to remedy parenting deficiencies and strengthen parenting and coping skills with the goal of establishing permanency and stability for children at the earliest possible time. You will assess complex family situations, interview children and parents, assess child safety, develop plans to protect children in their own homes when needed, and offer services to children and families.
Some of what you will do:
- Document initial face to face contacts, subject interviews, collateral contacts and Health and Safety visits with children.
- Develop and update strengths-based and client-involved service plans that target the primary area of safety and other child needs, develop skill-based individual and family level objectives, and take additional action when needed to meet the needs of child to provide safety, permanency and well-being.
- Provide case management services to facilitate out-of-home placements, and to facilitate out-of-home placements.
- Provide permanency planning case management for children in out-of-home placement which may include guardianship, adoption, long-term foster care or other arrangements.
- Document case activities and maintain case records in the electronic case management system (currently Famlink), and complete all required legal documents for court, placement and service delivery.
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
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 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 substitute for the one year of paid social service experience.
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 Work with a diverse population, which may include military and/or Native American families, follows Indian Child Welfare policies
- Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others
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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