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DCYF Social Services Specialists In-Training (SSS1-3) - Snohomish County

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job 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.


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 community."


The Opportunity:

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 high-stress situation.
  • Ability to engage children and families under difficult circumstances, to gather information to make accurate and precise decisions.
  • Proven ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions.
  • 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 others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities.


How do I apply? 

 Complete your applicant profile and attach the following documents:

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


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 is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


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. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.


Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 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.


Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , DCYF Social Services Specialists In-Training (SSS1-3) - Snohomish County, Other , Olympia, Washington

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