Washington State DSHS Children's Administration Social Service Specialist 3 in Lakewood, Washington


Do you crave the ability to impact families in a positive way? Are you the type of employee who is consultative and enjoys being engaged with your clients? If this sounds like you, bring your professional knowledge, excellent communications skills and emotional intelligence to work for Children's Administration within the Department of Social and Health Services.

We are currently seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to join our Child Protective Services Family Assessment Response Unit located in our Lakewood field office.

Some of what you'll do as a Social Service Specialist

  • Assess cases of alleging neglect of children and/or low risk physical abuse
  • Interview children, family members and collateral sources to gather information needed to assess child safety and determine service needs of family
  • Develop and implement case plans; Coordinate case assessment actions utilizing solution based principles
  • Provide delivery of services and permanency planning that is inclusive of immediate family
  • Develop initial and ongoing safety assessments and safety plans
  • Coordinate with key individuals such as parents, relatives, social workers, extended family, medical professionals, education professionals and other community professionals
  • Develop strength-based and client-involved service plans with families to address areas of needs
  • Focus on understanding and respecting the strengths of families including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles
  • Work independently in devising your own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent, and solution focused case management

We're looking for professionals who have successfully demonstrated

  • 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

Who should apply

Professionals with Eighteen months experience as a Social Service Specialist 1;


Bachelor's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or a related field AND 2 years of paid social service experience;


Master's Degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field AND 1 year of paid social service experience. A practicum could substitute for 1 year of paid social service experience.

Based on experience, this job may be filled as a Social Service Specialist 2 In-training.

Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.

Please be prepared to provide a copy of your college transcripts to verify degree information. Applicants may provide transcripts with application or may be requested by hiring team at a later date.

Click Here for additional information about Children's Administration and to see brief interviews with actual workers.

Questions? Please contact Adam Seick, DSHS Recruiter, and reference job number 06484.

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact a Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Salary: $3,700.00 - $5,101.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Job Number: 2017-06484

Closing: 7/30/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov