DSHS ALTSA Investigative Social Service Specialist

Date Posted: 16 days ago
Salary: $4,509 - $5,913 a month

Job Description

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Adult Protective Service Investigator

Adult Protective Services (APS) is currently seeking Social Service Specialist 3s to join our dedicated Social Work Investigator teams in Eastern WA (Region 1). This job announcement is for multiple job opportunities across Region 1: East Wenatchee, Union Gap, Kennewick, Spokane, and Walla Walla. You will be able to choose your preferred location(s) in the Supplemental Questions when you apply. Interviews for these opportunities take place on October 21st.

We need your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to independently investigate reports of abandonment, abuse, exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect of vulnerable adults. Your success will be measured by your ability to gather evidence, conduct timely and thorough investigations, and assist people with services that maintain their safety and dignity. Your knowledge, dedication, and compassion will help us transform lives.

Some of what you will do

  • Conduct face to face interviews with alleged victims, alleged perpetrators, and other collateral contacts
  • Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to the investigation, services, and outcomes
  • Document all pertinent activity for each investigation and record electronically using computer software application systems
  • Collaborate with law enforcement, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices, and community agencies/partners regarding client needs
  • Identify and refer at-risk and vulnerable adults to appropriate service groups
  • Provide client advocacy, consultation, networking, family support, and crisis intervention
  • Prepare and provide testimony at administrative hearings, court proceedings, criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings

Who should apply?
Professionals with one of the following:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Law/Justice, or an allied field and 2 years of paid social service experience
  • Or, a master’s degree in Social Services, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Law/Justice, or an allied field and one year of paid social service experience
  • Or, a master's degree, including practicum, in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, law/justice, or a related field
  • Or, one year as a Social Service Specialist 2 within DSHS

Knowledge, skills, & abilities:
  • Ability to assess and develop workable solutions on a variety of critical issues or problems
  • Good time management skills
  • Use of MS Office and data-entry
  • Knowledge of Medicaid terminology, regulations, and policies
  • Adaptability for ever-changing policies and directions
  • Strong critical thinking skills and stay focused
  • Ability to work autonomously making decisions, sometimes in immediate safety situations
  • Experience assessing risk and safety to vulnerable adults or children is a plus

See why people like you chose careers with DSHS.
New employees will successfully complete the formal training course sponsored by their division within one year of their appointment.
These jobs will require travel to meet business needs.
This ad is for APS Social Service Specialist 3s in permanent and temporary (non-perm) full-time vacancies. A telework and/or flex work schedule may be considered after training is completed.

Interested? Submit your application today and respond to locations and schedule types in the Supplemental Questions section.
Questions? Email bastrjl@dshs.wa.gov about 10778 or phone Jenny at 360-725-5848. To learn more about DSHS, go to www.dshs.wa.gov.

Per Governor Inslees’ Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.

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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.

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