State of WashingtonLakewood 98499
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Cps/far Social Service Specialist 1-3 In Training- Bellevue

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent DCYF Lakewood, 6010 Main St SW #64, Lakewood, WA 98499, United States Apply before 10/6/2023 11:54
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Overview

**This recruitment has been extended to attract a larger applicant pool. Candidates that have previously applied do not need to reapply**

King County Premium: The salary listed above does not include the additional 5% premium granted to all King County employees. 

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity. 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're looking for a CPS/FAR Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3) in the Child Protective Service (CPS/FAR) Unit serving families in Region 4 at our King East Office located in Bellevue.  In this role, you will evaluate family situations, interview children and families, assess child safety and risk, develop plans to protect children and offer services to children and families to keep children safely in the home.  Additionally, the CPS/FAR Specialist will understand and respect the strengths of families and their heritage, beliefs, and values, and provide culturally competent case management services. 

The Opportunity:  
CPS/FAR Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3) or (SSS1 or SSS2 In-Training)
Although the goal class is a Social Service Specialist 3, we will consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 1 or 2 level, with a training plan to advance to Social Service Specialist 3.   The Child Protective Services (CPS)unit investigates allegations of child abuse or neglect and provides the appropriate recommendations and services for families.   Family Assessment Response (FAR)is an alternative CPS pathway for families with low and moderate allegations of child abuse or neglect. Families who qualify for FAR may choose the FAR pathway. In FAR, there is no investigation and no finding of whether the alleged abuse or neglect occurred. Social workers work with the family to keep children safe and build on their strengths to establish the community support the family needs to be successful in the long term.

Salary Ranges:

Social Service Specialist 1 -3:

  • Social Service Specialist 1: Range 51 ($4,385 - $5,900)
  • Social Service Specialist 2: Range 56 ($4,968 - $6,676)
  • Social Service Specialist 3: Range 58 ($5,214 - $7,016) 
This position will receive 10% assignment pay when the incumbent reaches the goal class of Social Service Specialist 3. This in addition to the regular base salary; the required duties include performing visits in unregulated environments, such as private residences, to conduct investigations for allegations of abuse and/or neglect to assess the safety of vulnerable children. 

Some of what you will do depending on your SSS level:
  • Conduct investigations into allegations of abandonment, abuse, or child neglect. 
  • Transport children to/from visits or placements and supervise/monitor family time visitations. 
  • Lead assessments and interventions on assigned intakes to determine child safety and take protective action as needed.
  • Complete psychosocial and other assessments to determine the need, extent, and direction of intervention.
  • Interview children, families, and collateral sources to assess risks to children, ascertain facts, gather social history, and determine family needs.
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement, preparing and counseling families through the process.
  • Create referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies, medical evaluations, and forensic interviews.
  • Develop and monitor safety plans for children and complete health and safety visits.
  • Provide support services such as counseling, problem resolution, guidance, and referrals to advocacy and mediation.
  • Provide short-term voluntary placement of children with licensed foster care or relative resources, working with families to resolve abuse or neglect.
  • Provide court documents for judiciary review and decisions regarding the welfare of the children and provide court testimony.
Who Should Apply?
We welcome candidates to apply at the Social Service Specialist 1, 2, or 3 levels.  The hiring manager will evaluate which level you qualify for.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

Possible Combinations

Education

Experience

Social Service Specialist 1

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

N/A

Social Service Specialist 2

Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 1 (SSS1).

Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

Two (2) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1 (SSS1). 

Master's Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

One (1) year of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1 (SSS1).
 OR
 A completed practicum

Social Service Specialist 3

Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2 (SSS2).

Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.

Three (3) 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.

Two (2) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
 OR
 A completed practicum and one year of paid social service performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
 

Qualifying Degrees: Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Sociology, Child Development, Human Development, Family Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Anthropology, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Therapeutic fields, Criminal Justice, Law & Justice, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies, Women’s Studies, International Human Rights. 

NOTE: Degrees must be obtained from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent verified by a NACES-approved organization at naces.org

*For Degrees obtained outside the U.S.: Foreign Equivalency certification must be attached to the application.  Incomplete applications may be screened out of the recruitment process.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following core competencies:
  • Ability to make critical decisions, based on the integration of information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in high-stress situations. 
  • Ability to engage children and families under difficult circumstances and gather information to make accurate and precise decisions. 
  • Proven ability to identify problems, and develop and implement solutions. 
  • 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 and deadlines. 
  • Ability to successfully work as part of a cohesive team, while also performing independently in a variety of settings.
How do I apply? 
Complete your applicant profile with your full work history and highest education details, and attach a copy of your college transcripts.  A resume and cover letter are not required but are highly recommended.

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.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.This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.If you need an accommodation throughout the application/interview process, contact the Recruitment team at . If you're experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email .To take advantage of the please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22.  Please black out your social security number before attaching it. 00610
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