Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 in Bellingham, Washington


Are you organized, objective, and pay close attention to details? In this role you will provide services to the over age 18 vulnerable adult populations. You will function independently and investigate reports of abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults.

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Home and Community Services, has an opportunity for a highly motivated Social Service Specialist to join their Adult Protective Services team in Bellingham, Washington!

The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) vision: Seniors and people with disabilities living with good health, independence, dignity, and control over the decisions that affect their lives.

Some of what you'll be doing

  • Conduct face-to face interviews with clients in their residence, investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, and/or exploitation
  • Conduct interviews with alleged perpetrators (APs)
  • Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigation, services and outcomes
  • Provide client advocacy, as well as consultation, networking, family support and crisis intervention
  • Coordinate with staff, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices and community agencies/partners regarding needs of clients served
  • Interview collateral contacts to gather additional information
  • Record and document case activity and complete forms
  • Identify situations presenting risk to vulnerable children and/or adults and refer to Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, and/or Complaint Resolution Unit

What we're looking for

  • Knowledge of Medicaid terminology, regulations and policies
  • Ability to analyze and develop workable solutions on a variety of programmatic issues/problems.
  • Knowledge of DSHS database systems such as payment systems and service authorization procedures (MMIS, SSPS, CARE, Barcode and ACES online)
  • Ability to communicate and comprehend through oral and written forms with management, peers, clients and the public
  • Ability and skills to interview, utilizing an interpreter or those with a mental or physical impairment/disability
  • Ability to compose professionally cogent and grammatically correct letter
  • Ability to organize caseload priorities and assignments to meet workload expectations
  • Ability to identify and evaluate social dynamics affecting client(s) choice and decision making

Who should apply? Professionals with one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2 (formerly Social Worker 2)


Professionals with 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.


Professionals with 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.


Experience must include one year of paid experience working with vulnerable adults assessing risk and determining functional capabilities.

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.

NOTE: Employees must successfully complete the formal training course sponsored by their division within one year of their appointment.

We encourage you to apply as early as you can, screening of application materials will be on-going with the first review October 18, 2016. Be prepared to provide a cover letter, copy of your college transcripts and resume with your application or may be requested by hiring manager at later date.

Questions? Please contact, Brenda Fitzpatrick

#DG51 #10330 Supplemental Information

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: 2016-10330 DG51E

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/30/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,627.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: Whatcom County – Bellingham, WA