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Washington State DCYF Background Check Supervisor (MA4) - Olympia in Olympia, Washington


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 Background Check Supervisor (Management Analyst 4) to join our team to coordinate background check processes, 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: DCYF conducts approximately 80,000 background checks annually for child welfare, employees, early learning, and juvenile rehabilitation. The Background Check Supervisor will assign work to DCYF Background Check Specialists and provide technical assistance and training to employees. Ultimately you will help ensure seamless coordination of implementation statewide background check processes, and serve as a subject matter expert in analyzing operational issues, and creating uniform processes. If you like to see a project through from start to finish, and want to have a direct impact on ensuring children are safe in their environments, then we encourage you to apply today and join our Background Check team at DCYF!

Some of what you will get to do:

  • Develop, implement, and monitor compliance with statewide background check practice by analyzing and reviewing background check data.
  • Develop quarterly reports for management that identifies background check trends, compliance, and recommended legislative or policy changes.
  • Evaluate background check issues to identify risk to children and the department, and determine when legal advice is required.
  • Identify policy and practice needs, and ensure current practice complies with state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Track and monitor the validity of training materials used by staff statewide and coordinate updates to training materials as needed by providing expert feedback around best practice.
  • Incorporate Lean techniques and tools to continuously improve background check processes and services.
  • Supervise DCYF Background Check Specialists charged with ensuring child safety, permanence and well-being through detailed analyses or criminal history and character competence.
  • Consult with management regarding background check concerns, including statewide background check policies and procedures.
  • Participate in critical incident reviews that include background check components, and implement any required changes.
  • Develop and support a collaborative working relationship with other administrative staff, DSHS partners, Washington State Patrol, and other external agencies.
  • Make background check practice and policy recommendations at the local and statewide level.

What we are looking for: A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, criminal justice, industrial engineering, social science, or a related field, and two years of experience in forms and/or records management. OR An Associate’s degree in business administration, accounting, criminal justice, industrial engineering, social science, or a related field, and four years of experience I n forms and/or records management. OR A high school diploma and six years of experience in forms and/or records management that includes two years of providing assistance to customers regarding inquiries, complaints, or problems.

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

  • Ability to interpret, understand, and apply agency policies, WAC’s, RCW’s, and federal laws related to background checks, and child abuse/neglect history check requirements.
  • Ability to effectively, clearly, and concisely communicate with management, peers, clients, external partners, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position.
  • Ability to partner with clients to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Ability to develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships with clients, coworkers, and external partners.
  • Ability to use good judgement when evaluating and making decisions.
  • Experience reading and interpreting Administrative Office of the Courts, WSP and FBI Records of Arrests and Prosecution documents.

How do I apply? Complete your applicant profile and attach the following documents to your application:

  • Current resume detailing work history and education
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position

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: This position requires a new hire to complete a fingerprint-based background check that includes a search of criminal history and child abuse or neglect history checks of each state lived five years before application. 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.

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

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 or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388

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Salary: $5,102.00 - $6,691.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

Job Number: 2020-07207

Closing: 11/29/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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