*This position qualifies for the 5% King Co wage increase*
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.
We're looking for a Social Service Specialist 3 to join our team to help build DCYF. 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.'
CPS Specialist (SSS3)
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? We are seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to join our team in our West Seattle Office of Indian Child Welfare. This office performs advanced levels of specialized case management and also performs advanced level of specialized case management to clients of Child Protective services (CPS).
Some of what you'll do:
Perform advanced level work in the investigation of child abuse and neglect allegations and specialized case management
Investigate allegations, assess complex family situations, and develop plans to protect children either in their own homes or out of home care through the intervention of the court system
Make findings of abuse or neglect based on the results of the investigation.
Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles
Prepare and document cases, and present written and oral testimony for court proceedings
Utilize the Child Health and Education Tracking (CHET) Screens
Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink
Service an on-going caseload of CPS cases by providing skilled, service coordination to the families, utilizing techniques requiring skill in, crises intervention, family counseling, etc., and making appropriate referrals to other DCYF programs, community agencies, law enforcement, etc. Provide assessment, service planning, casework, court and teaming services on assigned cases within required timelines. Develop, implement and monitor safety plans as required by policy.
What we are looking for:
Professionals who have one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2
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.
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 practicum will substitute for the one year of paid social service experience.
Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.
NOTE: 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).
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
Experience working in tribal and/or Native American communities and an understanding of tribal sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Current working knowledge of applicable laws, rules and policies on delivery of child protective and child welfare services within Washington State and deliver services accordingly.
Ability to partner effectively with other professionals involved in the preparation of child and family prospective permanency families for transition and permanency outcome.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with child caregivers (foster parents, relatives, kin or facility staff). Include caregivers in the case planning process and provide support for meeting the child's unique needs.
Ability to implement risk assessment in all cases as defined by law and best practice using the agency preferred risk assessment model.
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 job.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
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