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Washington State DSHS ALTSA Investigative Social Service Specialist in-Training in Tacoma, Washington

Description Social Service Specialist 3 - In Training This opportunity is for a Social Services Specialist 3 or Social Service Specialist 2 in-training. Social Service Specialist 2's will advance into a Social Services 3 role upon successful completion of the 12-month intensive in-training program. You will be coached and encouraged to learn every aspect of how to do this job successfully. You'll work closely with your supervisor while learning how to do the job, gradually doing more on your own until you are independent. Be part of our hard-working team of professionals that provide social services to vulnerable adult populations.* Adult Protective Services is seeking Social Service Investigators to join our growing team. This work is challenging, rewarding, and is a great opportunity to Transform Lives by investigating reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment, and offering services to vulnerable adult populations. Apply today and become part of our hard-working team of professional Social Service Specialist who makes a real, lasting difference in the lives of those we serve. *Some of what you will do: * Learn policies related to Adult Protective Services, and the steps involved in completing a thorough investigation, meeting timelines and managing your caseload timely * Interview clients in their home, residence, and facilities to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, and exploitation * Interview alleged perpetrators * Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigations, services, and outcomes * Provide client advocacy, consultation, networking, family support, and crisis intervention * Coordinate with law enforcement, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices, community agencies, and partners regarding the needs of clients served * Interview collateral contacts to gather additional information * Identify situations presenting a risk to vulnerable adults and refer to service groups * Refer to other community resources and internal/external stakeholders * Authorize services and payments * Prepare and provide testimony at administrative hearings, court proceedings, criminal, civil, and administrative hearings * Participate in ongoing training, meetings, and provide community education on APS programs What we are looking for * Ability to effectively communicate * Willingness to continually learn and accept constructive feedback to better serve clients and families * Knowledge of Medicaid laws, regulations, and policies; especially for long-term care services * Effectively multi-task using strong time management, organizational, and critical thinking skills to meet deadlines, maintain flexibility, and solve problems * Remain calm, neutral, and emotionally intelligent during intense and high-pressure situations * Work independently and with a team in a positive, rewarding work environment Professionals with one of the following should apply: * One year as a Social Service Specialist 1 within DSHS. OR * A master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field and one year of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1. A Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum will be substituted for one year of paid social service experience. OR * A bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field, and 2 years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1. Questions about applying for this job opportunity? Email Brenda.Fitzpatrick@dshs.wa.gov and reference #07338. Supplemental Information Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may 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 job. 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 in any area of employment, its programs or services 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 the 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. * E-Verify® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. *Salary: $4,286.00 - $5,913.00 Monthly Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA Job Type: Full Time - Permanent Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services Job Number: 2021-07338 Closing: 7/28/2021 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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