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.
In the midst of a global pandemic, DCYF is still actively
providing essential services to families across Washington State.
Currently, we're looking for entry-level and experienced
Social Service Specialists to join our team to help support and
protect children, youth, and families in Region 3. 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
Our Arlington, Everett, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Monroe, and
Lynnwood offices are searching for high energy, proactive
professionals to join us as Social Services Specialists. We are
looking for the right person for the job, and will hire at the
SSS1, SSS2, and SSS3 levels for these positions. Our goal is to
train those who come in at the SSS1 and SSS2 levels to eventually
become full case carrying SSS3's. If you are a social and
behavioral health professional looking to get experience in the
field of child and family social services, or a recent graduate
with a degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a related field, we
encourage you to apply today and help us provide optimal case
management skills to Washington families.
What we are looking for:
A Bachelor's or Master's degree in social services, human
services, or behavioral sciences.
Additional social service experience could meet qualifications
for the Social Services Specialist 2 or 3 levels.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal
applicant will also have some or all of the following:
- Ability to make critical decisions, based on integration of
information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in
- Ability to engage children and families under difficult
circumstances, to gather information to make accurate and precise
- Proven ability to identify problems, develop and implement
- 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
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to successfully manage competing priorities.
How do I apply?
Complete your applicant profile and attach the following
- Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific
qualifications for this position
- Current resume detailing experience and
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.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining
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.
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.
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the supplemental question responses will be considered
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