Non-Perm Child Protective Services Specialist 1-3 In-Training (SSS3) – Richland

US Government, Dept of Children, Youth, and Families


Recruitment has been reopened to extend the candidate pool, those that have previously applied do not need to reapply.

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. 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.”
 
We’re looking for a Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigator to join our Richland location and help 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:
Within the Department of Children, Youth and Families, this position performs advanced-level work in the assessment of families referred to Child Protective Services Investigations with a primary focus on child safety. This position assesses complex family situations, interviews children and parents, assesses child safety, develops plans to protect children in their own home, and offers services to children and families when needed. This position receives little supervision and the incumbent exercises independent judgment in devising their own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and solution-focused case management.
 
Some of what you will get to do:

  • Conduct investigations into allegations of abandonment, abuse, or child neglect.
  • Conduct Initial Face to Face visit with the child within 24 and 72 hours and contact parents/subjects and collateral contacts.
  • Lead assessments and interventions on assigned intakes to determine child safety and take protective action as needed.
  • Supervise the placement while continuing to work with children and parents to resolve. abuse/neglect issues necessitating placement in order to return the child to the parent’s care as soon as safety and adequacy of care are assured.
  • Complete psychosocial and other assessments to determine the need, extent, and direction of intervention.
  • Interview children, families, and collateral sources to assess risks to children, ascertain facts, gather social history, and determine family needs.
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement, preparing and counseling families through the process.
  • Create referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies, medical evaluations, and forensic interviews.
  • Prepare and counsel families for the need for out-of-home placements.
  • Develop and monitor safety plans for children and complete health and safety visits.
  • Work with diverse family groups, including military and Native American families.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate with Children’s Health and Education Track (CHET) social Workers to ensure children are screened for behavioral, health, and educational needs. Follow through in obtaining recommended services. 
  • Coordinate with schools to ensure school staff is aware of services in place and that children receive appropriate educational supports and services.
  • Prepare written and informed reports to the court and testimony if needed.

 
What we are looking for (Required Qualifications): 

Possible Combinations Education Experience
Social Service Specialist 1 Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.  N/A
Social Service Specialist 2 Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field.  One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 1
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field. 

Two (2) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.
Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field. One (1) year of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.
OR
A completed practicum
Social Service Specialist 3 Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field. One (1) year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2 for DCYF
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field. Three (3) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
  AND
  One year of paid social service experience must include assessing the risk and safety of children and providing direct family-centered practice services.
Master’s Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or an allied field. Two (2) years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
  OR
  A completed practicum
  AND
  One year of paid social service experience must include assessing the risk and safety of children and providing direct family-centered practice services.
Qualifying Degrees: Anthropology, Child Development, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Family Studies, Human Development, Human Service, Law and Justice, Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Therapeutic Fields, Therapeutic Recreation. *Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution. 

 
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following core competencies:

  • Ability to make critical decisions, based on the integration of information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in high-stress situations. 
  • Ability to engage children and families under difficult circumstances and gather information to make accurate and precise decisions. 
  • Proven ability to identify problems, and develop and implement solutions. 
  • Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities and deadlines. 
  • Ability to successfully work as part of a cohesive team, while also performing independently in a variety of settings.

How do I apply? 
In addition to the online application, please provide the following documents to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • College/University Transcripts (unofficial) 

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 before attaching it.
 
Supplemental Information:
 **Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF Reader) 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**
 
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.
 
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 covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  
 
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
 
Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply online? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 480-1826 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 support@neogov.com.
 
 
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