Washington State DCYF Social Service Specialist Supervisor in Kelso, Washington


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering 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, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. The vision from the legislature 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: We need your leadership skills at the Child Protective Services (CPS) and Family Assessment Response (FAR) unit in Kelso. As a leader in our department you will use your strong assessment and engagement skills to partner with our team and clients. You'll supervise the delivery of specialized case management, specifically assessments and interventions on assigned FAR intakes and CPS cases to ensure Social Service Specialists meet all casework management directives.

Some of what you will do:

  • Examine case information, considering alternative sources of information to apply for each case, gather and share information about resources and establish delivery standards and practices that are family centered.
  • Hire, Train, guide and mentor a unit of Social Service Specialists to ensure child safety is the forefront of all decision making using the Solution Based Casework model.
  • Monitor staff performance and training needs
  • Plan and direct the workload of the unit and ensure compliance with laws, policies and procedures.
  • Provide thorough and regular clinical reviews on assigned cases and staff.
  • Ensure staff are knowledgeable on applicable laws, rules and policies of child protective and welfare services.
  • Maintain working relationships with community providers.
  • Identify and strengthen partnerships to increase client engagement and build supports for children and families.
  • Utilize cultural competency and share your knowledge of understanding and respecting the strengths of the clients including their heritage, cultural beliefs and values, communication and learning styles.

What we are looking for: Professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field and two years of experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 3. Or A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field and four years of experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2. Or A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field and four years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that include a practicum may be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.

Degrees must be obtained from accredited institutions.

**Note:__ Two years of above paid social service experience must include working in child welfare.

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

  • Ability to appropriately apply child safety and permanency planning social work skills to a variety of complex situations involving child abuse and neglect so that children are protected and achieve a safe permanent living arrangement within federal timelines.
  • Ability to use data and case management and data tracking software to assist in problem identification and problem solving.
  • Leadership skills including ability to identify strengths in others, identify solutions to complex problems, motivate peers and clearly articulate logic model used for decisions made.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations in court, meetings and other situations that are clear, articulate and fact based.
  • Ability to partner with community partners and professionals to develop and maintain resource teams to support children and families.
  • Professionals with experience assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services.

How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume detailing experience and education Supplemental Information

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 on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

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  • 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.
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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.


Salary: $4,715.00 - $6,183.00 Monthly

Location: Cowlitz County – Kelso, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

Job Number: 2018-06914

Closing: 7/25/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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