CPS Investigator Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3) – Vancouver

US Government, Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

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: CPS Investigator Social Service Specialist 3
Location: Vancouver, WA. Flexible schedules are available after the probationary period is completed.
Closes: 5/28/24
Salary:   $5,214 – $7,016 Monthly.  This position will receive 10% assignment pay. 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 Child Protective Services Investigator (CPS) Social Service Specialist to join our amazing Vancouver team. We also have a brand-new office opening in mid-May. The office environment is welcoming, hard-working, and supportive. Apply today.
 Click here to learn more about DCYF.  
The Opportunity:
In this role, you will assess complex family situations, interview children and parents, evaluate child safety, develop plans to protect children in their homes, and offer services to children and families.
Some of what you’ll do:

  • Investigate, assess, and evaluate reports of child abuse.
  • Provide ongoing safety and risk assessment of the family throughout the case and take appropriate action to protect children, correct parental deficits through services, and provide support to the family.
  • Provide comprehensive and ongoing assessment of casework needs for child, parent(s)/guardian, and foster parent(s) with a focus and priority on child safety.
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement, and work with the family to find the most appropriate placement.  
  • Monitor the health and safety of children by regular visitation.
  • Utilize FamLink to document case activities and maintain case records.
  • Prepare and document cases for court proceedings.

What we’re looking for (Required Qualifications):

Social Service Specialist 3: 

  • 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*.


  • 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*.


  • 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. 

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.


Supplemental Information: 

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is committed to Washington’s children and youth growing up safe, healthy, and thriving. We invite all candidates to join us in our mission to create a diverse and equitable workplace that reflects the communities we serve.  If you are excited about this role but you believe that your education and/or experience might not align perfectly with every qualification in the job posting, we encourage you to apply anyway.
 The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.
 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 position.
This position is included in the supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  For more information: https://wfse.org/ 
Incumbent must hold a valid driver’s license when operating a state or privately owned vehicle on official state business.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.  

The incumbent must successfully complete formal training courses as required by law, policy, and regional requirements within one year of their appointment.

Degrees must be obtained from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent verified by a NACES-approved organization at naces.org. Foreign Equivalency certification must be attached to the application for degrees obtained outside the U.S.

For more information about this position or if you need an accommodation throughout the application/interview process, please contact DCYF recruiter. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.
Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. 


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