Family Voluntary Services Specialist 3 (SSS3) – Kelso

US Government, Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

This recruitment has been reposted for additional applications. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply— your application status remains unchanged.

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? We’re looking for a Family Voluntary Services Specialist to join our Kelso office to protect children from harm, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. 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.”
The Opportunity:
Social Service Specialist 3

The FVS Specialist provides services to a caseload of families allowing parents to voluntarily engage in services to increase their protective capacities and meet the child’s safety, health, and well-being needs. This position is directly responsible for the delivery of DSHS Vital Services and for understanding the written local emergency management plan, which describes how Vital Service will be delivered during and an emergency or disaster.
Some of what you will get to do:

  • Provide therapeutic services and crisis intervention to families referred to the FVS Unit and provide service and safety plans to families.
  • Provide assessment, service planning, casework, court, and teaming services on assigned cases.
  • Supervise voluntary placement while continuing to work with the children and parents to resolve abuse and neglect concerns.
  • Provide monthly health and safety visits for children.
  • Interview children, families, and collateral sources to assess risks to children and determine family needs.
  • Assess the needs, risks, and dynamics for out-of-home placement with licensed foster care or relative resources.
  • Prepare and counsel families through the placement process and exercise skills in crises intervention.
  • Create referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies, medical evaluations, and forensic interviews.
  • Provide support services such as counseling, problem resolution, guidance, and referrals to advocacy and mediation.
  • Provide short-term voluntary placement of children with licensed foster care or relative resources, working with families to resolve abuse or neglect.
  • Initiate payments, document case activities, and maintain case records in the FAMLINK case management system.

What we are looking for at the Social Services Specialist 3 level:
One year as a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Master’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field AND two years of social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, AND three years of social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

**Degree 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 foreign equivalent verified by a NACES-approved organization at

**Foreign Equivalency certification must be attached to the application for degrees obtained outside the U.S. Incomplete applications may be screened out of the recruitment process. 
*Note: a two-year Master’s degree in one of the above fields, including a practicum, will be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • One year assessing risk and safety with regards to child abuse and neglect concerns or developing safety or service plans with families.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with community resources and the local community.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, and policies on the delivery of child protective and child welfare services within Washington State
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with child’s caregiver (foster parents, relatives, kin, or facility staff). Include caregivers in the care planning process and provide support for meeting the child’s unique needs.
  • Ability to fully utilize shared decision-making processes for making case plans, includes Family Team Decision Meetings, dependency case conferences, permanency planning staffing, Child Protective Teams, Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee, adoption teaming staffing, Behavior Rehabilitation Services team meetings, etc. Include children, as appropriate, in the development of service plans.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and comprehend with management, peers, clients, community colleagues, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position.

How do I apply? 
Complete your full applicant profile with your work history and highest education details, and include a copy of your college transcripts. Resume’s and cover letters are not required but recommended.

To take advantage of the Veteran’s preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22.  Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
Supplemental Information:
**Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1 state employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation**

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. 

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. 
The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as “see attachments” or “N/A” in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply online? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 280-3705 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388
Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email
General suggestions for creating a good application packet:

  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position. 
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions.  Include all requested documentation. 
  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications. 
  • Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one.  Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate ‘how’. 
  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills. 
  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing.

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.


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