DCYF Indian Child Welfare CPS Investigator - Seattle

Employment Type

: Full-Time

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Description The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established to deliver existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.

We're looking for professionals 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.' 

Salary: $4,161.00 - $5,741.00 Monthly; plus an additional 5% premium pay for employees working in King County.

The Opportunity:
Social Service Specialist 3 (In-training)
Do you desire the ability to impact families positively? Are you the type of individual who enjoys consulting and engaging with your clients? We need your professional knowledge and case management experience at the Delridge Way Office in Seattle. As part of the Child Protective Services (CPS), Indian Child Welfare (ICW) unit, you will provide permanency planning, including reunification for Native American youth in out-of-home care, in consultation with the child(ren)s identified Native American Tribe.

Some of what you'll do:
  • Develop and implement appropriate service plans including service agreements with clients that are goal-directed, have specific behavioral objectives, and are measurable and time-limited.
  • 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
  • Utilize the Child Health and Education Tracking (CHET) Screens
  • Provide case management services to facilitate alternative placements and review the need for continued alternative placement.
  • Make referrals for necessary services.
  • Supervise and/or arrange for visitations between children and their parents, siblings, and extended family members.
  • Coordinate case assessment actions while utilizing solution based casework principles
  • Provide crisis counseling and intervention to children and families that are goal-directed, task-centered, and time-limited.
  • Support visitation in the placement setting.
  • Provide accurate and timely entries into FamLink.
  • Consult with attorneys and court-appointed personnel, and prepare and present testimony and statements at hearings.

  • The goal class for this position is a Social Service Specialist 3. We are willing to consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 level, with a training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. Experience is the only difference between qualifications for both levels, and will be evaluated by the hiring manager.

    Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 3 level:
    Professionals with one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2
    OR
    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.
    OR
    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 be substituted for the one year of paid social service experience

    Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.

    Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 2 level: 
    Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
    OR
    Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and one years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2. A practicum will be substituted for the one year of paid social service experience

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


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