DSHS Social Service Specialist

State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services - White Salmon, WA (30+ days ago)3.4

Social Service Specialist 3

Ready to embark on the next step in your career? This is a great social services opportunity; bring your experience and passion for helping others to become more self-sufficient.

The Economic Services Administration has as opportunity for a Social Service Specialist in the White Salmon and Goldendale offices. In this role, you will work independently providing full scope of social services in a remote CSO location. You gather information needed to complete intakes and assessments of people applying for services. You would be responsible for supporting accurate eligibility decisions in service to our clients that link directly to the Department of Social and Health Services strategic objectives of the Community Services Division.

Some of what you will do:
  • Review and interpret assessments and medical information to determine levels of participation
  • Monitor application process to ensure all deadlines for appeals are made
  • Conduct interviews, evaluate and refer Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) clients for medical, psychiatric and other tests
  • Serve as a liaison for the client and work collaboratively with medical providers, social workers and other community partners
  • Document assessments and case management services in appropriate electronic systems
  • Participate in home or alternate site visits to evaluate situations and conduct assessments of vulnerable and disabled applicants

We are looking for professionals who demonstrate:
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of Federal and State programs
  • Experience working with people who have disability's and or mental health issues
  • Making positive relationships with community members and clients
  • Ability to read and interpret medical records
  • Time management and organizational skills, flexibility, independent and proven critical thinking skills

Who should apply:
Professionals with a 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 Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and two years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.

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

Questions about this job opportunity? Email Brenda Fitzpatrick or call (509) 363-5032 and reference #04847

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 and 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.