Cfws Social Service Specialist

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent WA Department of Children, Youth and Families, 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: CFWS Social Service Specialist 2-3 In Training (SSS3)

Location: Colville, WA

Closes: 8/18/24

Salary:  $4,968 - $7,016 Monthly. This position 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 for a proactive Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) Social Service Specialist 2-3 In Training (SSS3) to join our amazing Colville team. If you are passionate about caring for children and providing them support, apply today!
 
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The Opportunity:
 In this role, you will perform assessments, deliver services, and conduct inclusive permanency planning for immediate family, extended family, kin, and children. You'll not only assess and plan, but you'll take additional action when needed to meet the needs of child safety, permanency, and well-being. You will document incremental progress made by families toward meeting identified goals. In performing all assigned duties, you will focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of our clients, no matter their culture, communication, or learning styles.
 
Some of what you'll do:
  • Provide comprehensive assessments of casework needs for children and families.
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement, and work with the family to find the strongest placement.
  • Provide psychosocial summaries, home studies, and other appropriate correspondence to outside agencies. 
  • Follow Indian Child Welfare policies, complete Indian Identity requests, ancestry charts, and work in collaboration with Tribal personnel on cases involving members of Federally recognized Tribes. 
  • Provide case management services to facilitate out-of-home placements and review the need for continued out-of-home care.
  • Supervise and place as necessary, dependent children (abused, neglected, and abandoned) in foster or other approved placements.
  • Prepare and document cases for court proceedings.
  • Prepare and present written and oral testimony for court proceedings. 
  • Utilize FamLink to document case activities and maintain case records. 

Salary Ranges:

The goal class of this position is a Social Service Specialist 3. We will also consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 level, with a training plan to advance to the goal class. The Hiring Manager will evaluate the education and experience of each candidate for one of the levels mentioned below.

  • A Social Service Specialist 3 at Range 58 makes $5,214 – $7,016.
  • A Social Service Specialist 2 at Range 56 makes $4,968 – $6,676.
What we are looking for at each level:
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 
  • Master'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 
  • Bachelor’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.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of social casework principles and practices, risk assessment and decision-making, interviewing techniques, solution-based casework, principles of child development, applicable Federal and State laws, and community resources.
  • Experience assessing risk and safety concerning child abuse and neglect or developing safety or service plans with families.
  • Familiarity with community resources and the local community.
  • Ability to organize information to meet FamLink documentation requirements. 


 
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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