Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 in Bremerton, Washington


Join us in transforming the lives of Washington State's most vulnerable citizens. Our 17,000 employees work collaboratively to provide innovative and effective research based services. Some situations leave our employees to meet adult clients outside of the confines of an office in order to thoroughly understand their situation. DSHS's Aging and Long-term Support Administration (ALTSA), Home and Community Services (HCS), Adult Protective Services (APS) has a need for an experienced Social Service Specialist 3 (SSS3) to do just that by conducting comprehensive investigations in the Bremerton, WA area.

The SSS3 position reports to the Social Work Supervisor for their area and is responsible for independently investigating reports of abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect of vulnerable adults. Our Social Services Specialists work to make a difference in people's life and advocate for disabled or vulnerable adults. Your success will be measured through gathering objective, timely and thorough details and assisting the vulnerable adults with services that will keep them in safe situations that maintain their dignity.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct face-to face interviews with clients in their residence, investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, and/or exploitation
  • Conduct interviews with alleged perpetrators
  • Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigation, services and outcomes
  • Provide client advocacy, consultation, networking, family support and crisis intervention
  • Coordinate with staff, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices and community agencies/partners regarding needs of clients served
  • Interview contacts to gather information
  • Record and document case activity and complete forms and reports
  • Identify situations presenting risk to vulnerable children and/or adults and refer to Child Protective Services, and/or the Complaint Resolution Unit

What we are looking for:

Due to the nature of the position, a valid state driver's license is required and one year of paid experience assessing risk and safety to vulnerable adults or children

*And *one of the following qualifications (experience can be concurrent):

One year as a Social Service Specialist 2 (formerly Social Worker 2)

Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field AND twoyears of paid social service experience* equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.


Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, AND three years of paid social service experience* performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

*A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that includes a practicum will be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.

This recruitment has been extended. If you previously applied it is not required to apply again. The hiring manager reserves the right to interview and possibly off this position to a qualified applicant before the actual closing date.

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brenda Fitzpatrick at (509) 363-5032 or brenda.fitzpatrick@dshs.wa.gov reference 08092.

#QF97 Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. 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 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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-08092 QF97

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/24/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,627.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: Kitsap County – Bremerton, WA