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- DCYF - Facility Investigator, WA, USA

DCYF - Facility Investigator

State of Washington Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

Spokane, WA

$4,167 - $5,465 a month


Note: The hiring manager reserves the right to hire for this position at any time prior to the closing of this announcement. The first review of applications will be done on September 10, 2018, therefore you are encouraged to apply early!!!

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.

We're looking for a Social Service Specialist 3 to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. The vision from the legislature 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:
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? We are seeking a dynamic and motivated professional to join our hardworking Division of Licensed Resources team in Spokane. You will conduct child abuse and neglect investigations in licensed foster homes and facilities, licensed childcare homes and centers, state regulated facilities, unlicensed facilities subject to licensure, including a focus on strengths in the family and cultural beliefs and values. This job is stationed in Spokane, but the coverage area can require day travel (other counties include Asotin, Whitman, Garfield, Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Lincoln).

Some of what you'll do

Interview adults identified as subjects or witnesses.
Interview children as alleged victims or witnesses.
Coordinate investigations with law enforcement, medical professionals and other agencies as appropriate.
Gather evidence to determine findings of abuse or neglect and licensing rule violations. Investigations may involve inspections of physical facilities or grounds.
Produce comprehensive, written investigative assessments that detail investigative activities, conclusions, recommendations for findings, issues, concerns and risk of future harm to children.
Provide occasional after hours coverage for investigations during holiday weekends.
Represent DLR and provide testimony and documentation for proceedings in various venues involving criminal, civil, and administrative actions.
Provide training and technical assistance to the provider community and other divisions and agencies.

What we are looking for:
Professionals who have one year as 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.
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.

The above experience must include one year paid social service experience assessing risk and safety to children and/or providing family-focused practice services centered around the child (strengthening and preserving family units.)

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.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
Ability to work cooperatively with diverse populations.
Working knowledge of agency polices, Washington Administrative Codes and Revised Codes of Washington related to licensed facilities.
Proficiency in the use of MS Office (Word and Outlook) and FamLink database.

Please include with your application:
Letter of Interest describing why your skills and experience make you the best person for the job

Supplemental Information:
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.

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Ozment at (360) 407-1428 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388
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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.

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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 job.

This job is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


Job posted on 5 October 2018.

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