After Hours Social Service Specialist In-training -- Ellensburg

State of Washington
45 quarter per week WA 805 156th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007, United States Apply before 6/18/2024 11:59
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Overview

Our vision is to ensure that “Washington state’s children and youth grow up safe and healthy— thriving physically, emotionally, and academically, nurtured by family and community." 

Job Title: After-Hours Social Service Specialist In-Training 1-3 (SSS3)

Location: Ellensburg, WA – On-Call. These offices are closed from 5 pm to 8 am each day, on weekends, and on all holidays, but the need to assist children still exists. The number of hours worked per week will vary depending on the number of calls received and the number of days you are available to work. You will only need to be on-call if you are scheduled to work, based on the calendar that you help create. This position offers scheduling flexibility based on your weekend availability. 

Closes: 8/18/24 

Salary:  $ 25.20 - $ 40.32 Hourly. These positions may receive 10% assignment pay when the incumbent reaches the goal class of Social Service Specialist 3. This is 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.   

We're looking forAfter-Hours Social Service Specialists (SSS3) to join our Ellensburg office and help protect children, youth, and families.

The Opportunity:

As a DCYF After-Hours Social Service Specialist, you will assist Region 2 during non-business hours. You will respond to and investigate reports of abuse and neglect when local Division of Children and Family Service offices are closed.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Respond to emergent requests and other after-hours requests.
  • Meet required timeframes and complete documentation/paperwork in FamLink database. 
  • Gather and document sufficient information to assess present danger and take protective action if danger is identified.
  • Conduct 24-hour emergent face-to-face contacts for CPS Investigation cases, 72-hour non-emergent face-to-face contacts for CPS/FAR cases, and monthly Health and Safety visits on CFWS and FVS cases. 
  • Observe and document the living environment, physical condition, and behaviors of children.
  • Follow Agency Policy for Photograph Documentation when photographing a child's physical condition or environment to document child abuse or neglect.
  • Respond to Protective Custody inquiries, partnering with law enforcement, when needed.
What we are looking for (Required Qualifications):
The goal class is a Social Service Specialist 3, however, we will consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 1 and 2 levels, with two different options to meet the qualifications through an In-Training plan.  
 
In-Training Plan Option #- Experience with Required Credits OR Degree with the Required Credits
Applicants applying under this training option must have at least four (4) years of on-the-job experience in caring for children, social care, counseling youth, education, or home visitations and 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline OR a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Social Service, Human Service, or Behavioral Science, or applicants who completed any degree field that included 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline.
  • Social Service Specialist 1: Four (4) years of paid work experience in one of the following: caring for children, social care, counseling youth, education, or home visitations AND 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline OR a Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or any degree which includes 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline; no experience necessary.
  • Social Service Specialist 2: Five (5) years of paid work experience in one of the following: caring for children, social care, counseling youth, education, or home visitations AND 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline OR Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or any degree which includes 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline AND one (1) year of paid social service experience OR aMaster's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences ANDa completed Practicum OR One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 1.
  • Social Service Specialist 3: Six (6) years of paid work experience in one of the following: caring for children, social care, counseling youth, education, or home visitations AND 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline OR aBachelor’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or any degree that includes 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline AND Two (2) years of paid social service experience* OR Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or any degree which includes 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in a Social Service discipline AND One (1) year of paid social service experience* OR One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2.*Paid Social Service experience must have included assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services.
 
In-Training Plan Optio
n #2 - Experience or Degree without the Required Credits
Applicants who completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an unrelated field but do not have the required 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in the social service field but are willing to obtain them within 18 months of hire; OR Four (4) years of paid work experience in one of the following: caring for children, social care, counseling youth, education, or home visitations and do not have 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in the social service field but are willing to obtain them within 18 months of hire. 

This option is great for candidates who have some or most of the required credits and only need to complete a few classes to meet this requirement. Applicants who apply under this hiring option will begin employment at the Social Service Specialist 1 level and must complete the educational course requirements within 18 months of hire to advance to the next in-training step. 


Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to appropriately apply child safety and risk assessment to a variety of complex situations involving child abuse and neglect and imminent risk of serious harm.
  • Prior experience displaying critical thinking skills and the use of shared decision-making.
  • Prior experience using FamLink case management system and documenting casework information, within timeframes.

Salary Ranges:

  • A Social Service Specialist 3 at Range 58 makes $29.97 - $40.32/hr.
  • A Social Service Specialist 2 at Range 56 makes $28.55 - $38.37/hr.
  • A Social Service Specialist 1 at Range 51 makes $25.20 - $33.91/hr.


 
How do I apply?
 
Complete your applicant profile and attach the following: 

  •  Transcripts (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application submission) 
  •  Cover Letter
  •  Current resume detailing experience and education.
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