Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 or 2 In-Training in Arlington, Washington
Not just a profession...your chance to make a positive impact and join us on our mission to transform lives!
Children's Administration is recruiting three culturally competent, motivated and passionate Social Service Specialists who will perform advanced levels of specialized case management in the Indian Child Welfare - Child and Family Welfare Servicesunit. These positions are at the Social Service Specialist 3 level, but we will consider hiring individuals at the Social Service Specialist 2 level to be promoted to the Social Service Specialist 3 level upon successful completion of on-the-job training. This is often referred to as an In-Training position.
In this position, you will adhere to the tenets of the Solution-Based Casework model with a focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of the clients including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles.
Although every day will be a little different, here is an overview of your routine duties:
- Provision of assessment, service planning, casework, court and teaming services on assigned cases
- Assessment, delivery of services and permanency planning that is inclusive of immediate family, extended family, kin assessment, planning and service delivery activities
- Coordinate case assessment actions while utilizing solution based casework principles. Coordinate with key individuals such as parents, social workers, medical professionals, education professionals, etc.
- Provide ongoing assessment of risk; assess resource needs of children, birth parents, caregivers and provide placement stabilization support
- Develop strengths-based and client-involved service plans that address assessed areas of needs. Evaluate progress of children and their families by soliciting and assessing verbal and written information from therapist, counselors, caregivers, family members, and other significant individuals
- Implement culturally-relevant, ADA-sensitive, and individualized service plans with clients which are goal oriented, have specific behavioral objectives and are time-limited
- Prepare required legal documents for court, placement and service delivery. Prepare and file dependency petitions, guardianship petitions, and other legal documents related to implementation of permanent plans.
- Prepare referrals for termination of parental rights
Utilize FamLink to document case activities and maintain case records within program and manual standards, accountability requirements, and agency's documentation practice to ensure quality of practice and consistency of service delivery to children and families What we are looking for: Professionals who are:
Knowledgeable of Native American culture gained by living or working on Native American land and/or working with Native American families, groups or organizations
- Who have the ability to comprehend, interpret and apply current applicable laws, rules, and policies on delivery of child protective and child welfare services with Washington State
- Able to partner effectively with other professionals involved in the preparation of child and family prospective permanency families for transition and permanency outcome
- Able to develop and maintain good working relationships with caregivers (foster parents, relatives, kin, or facility staff) and provide support for meeting the child's unique needs
Required Education/Experience: One year as a Social Service Specialist 2
A 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 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.
Note: A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum will be substituted for one year of paid social service experience. Employees must successfully complete the formal training course sponsored by their division within one year of their appointment.
As an opportunity to train individuals to the senior level we will also accept the following:
Eighteen months as a Social Service Specialist 1
A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and one year as a Social Service Specialist 1 (formerly Social Worker 1) or equivalent paid social service experience. OR A 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.
One year of paid social service experience must include assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services (strengthening and preserving family units).
Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Job Number: 2016-03958 TW90E WG26 VT15
Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services
Agency: State of Washington
Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
Salary: $3,392.00 - $5,290.00 Monthly
Location: Snohomish County – Arlington, WA