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Washington State DCYF Children & Family Welfare Services Specialist (SSS3) - Moses Lake in Moses Lake, Washington

Description 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. We're looking for a Children & Family Welfare Services Specialist *to join our team to help support and protect children, youth, and families. Together we will work 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 DCYF is currently seeking a proactive learner and resilient contributor to join our Children & Family Welfare Services (CFWS) unit.* This Social Service Specialist 3 position works within the Department of Children, Youth and Families, Region 1, Moses Lake Field Operations Division. This position is identified as a Social Service Specialist 3 Child Welfare Services (CFWS), including Family Voluntary Services (FVS) position within the Moses Lake DCYF Field Operations office. This may include CPS investigations and Family Assessment Response (FAR) through coverage or office needs. Here you will perform specialized case management in the Child and Family Welfare Services unit. This position ensures timely permanency outcomes for all children on their caseload to include reunification, adoption, guardianship, and third party custody plans. As a CFWS specialist, you will engage in critical thinking through shared decision making and case planning and protect children from risk of harm whenever such risks are indicated. This position receives little supervision and the incumbent exercises independent judgment in devising own work methods to provide an advanced level of specialized, culturally competent and solution focused case management. *_Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) provides both permanency planning and intensive treatment services to children and families who may need help with chronic or serious problems which interfere with their ability to protect or parent children, such as on-going abuse and neglect or intensive medical needs. Child Welfare Services are provided to children and families when long-term services are needed beyond those available through Child Protective Services (CPS) or Family Reconciliation Services (FRS). Most children served in this program are dependents of the state, in out-of-home care, or legally free for adoption. If you are passionate about caring for children and providing them the support they desperately need and ensuring they are being provided the tools and comfort to thrive within placement, our Social Service Specialist 3 may be your next career. This position is responsible for out of home placement of children in foster care in the Moses Lake area and engages critical thinking through decision making and case planning. This position can be highly stressful as you are responsible for protecting children from risk and harm, whenever indicated, with little supervision. Some of what you will get to do: * Provide comprehensive and on-going assessment of casework needs for child, parent(s)/guardian, and foster parent(s). * Prepare and document cases for court proceedings. * Conduct interviews and maintain on-going contact focusing on strengths, cultural beliefs and values, language and learning style, and communication challenges/barriers which may impact the behaviors. * Consult with other involved professionals/agencies focusing on the strengths, while taking into consideration the cultural background and beliefs of each, and assessing whether all providers/stakeholders are working from a solution-focused, strength-based, and culturally-competent standpoint. * Complete family assessments. * Facilitate the implementation of petitions, ensuring that appropriate supports are in place for the family and youth. * Assess the need for out-of-home placement, and work with the family to find the strongest placement to nurture the child’s cultural and family ties. * Provide psychosocial summaries, home studies, and other appropriate correspondence to outside agencies. * Refer clients for psychological, psychiatric, and/or medical evaluations and treatment with other community resources, and monitor progress and effectiveness of services provided. * Monitor the health and safety of children by regular visitation in the placement facility and other settings. Continually reassessing needs and ensuring continued safety and well-being of the child. * File petitions for dependency, termination referrals and guardianships when necessary. * Prepare and present written and oral testimony for court proceedings. * Provide regular discovery to all legal parties, at minimum before every court hearing, and assessments to be provided as soon as received. * Complete all required legal documents for court, placement, and service delivery. * Develop plan to meet child’s needs including short and long term goals. * Develop and implement appropriate service plans including service agreements with clients which are goal directed, have specific behavioral objectives, and are measurable and time limited. * Monitor and review all court matters to ensure compliance with RCW and federal mandates. * Participate in in-house case staffing’s, shared planning meetings, FTDMs, and multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency case staffing’s. * Develop permanent plans with consultation of providers and including their recommendations * Utilize FAMLINK to document case activities and maintain case records within program and manual standards, accountability requirements, and agency’s documentation practice in order to ensure quality of practice and consistency of service delivery to children and families statewide. * Initiate payments within FAMLINK for child placement and child/family services, as appropriate, in a timely and accurate manner. What we are looking for: 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 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 year 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. _The above experience must Include one year (1) paid social service experience assessing risk and safety to children and providing family-centered practice services (strengthening and preserving family units)._ In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: * Reads, writes, and speaks fluent Spanish. * Proven ability to work in an efficient and effective manner. * Proven ability to collect and evaluate relevant information to make and assist others in making decisions. * Proven ability to use appropriate problem solving methods to improve process and product. * Proven ability to work with others to support and focus on the mission, vision, goals of DCYF. * Advanced skills in the practice of effective oral communication with ability to write clearly and succinctly. * Proven ability to effectively communicate with clients, peers, supervisor, management, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position. How do I apply? Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position: * Cover letter * Current resume * College/University Transcripts (unofficial) To take advantage of 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: 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. 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. DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Talent Acquisition Team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 1-800-833-6388 Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email support@neogov.com. 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. 2021-05582 *Salary: $4,509.00 - $5,913.00 Monthly Location: Grant County - Moses Lake, WA Job Type: Full Time - Permanent Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families Job Number: 2021-05582 Closing: 6/25/2021 11:59 PM Pacific Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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