Social Worker for First Steps and WIC

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on November 17, 2020

Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. 
Public Health - Seattle and King County is looking to hire a Social Worker to join our South Regional B team!  
 This is a permanent Career Service (CS) position.

This position will provide services at the PH Centers, satellites, and community sites, and will also provide home/field visits.  The SW provides services to low income pregnant and parenting women and their families including health education, limited behavioral health counseling and crisis intervention, care coordination and referrals to meet client/family needs. Performance of duties may be autonomous and self-directed, or provided as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

First Steps (Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management) and WIC are integrated programs within public health. Each discipline (Public Health Nurse, Registered Dietician, Community Health Worker, and Social Worker) provides the full range of program services in addition to those specific to their discipline. WIC services include weighing and measuring adults, infants and children, asking general physical health questions, and adding required information into the WIC software program.  SWs will be also be assisted in obtaining a “Medical Assistant-Registered” certification through DOH for completing finger sticks and use a HemoCue for occasional hemoglobin screenings on WIC participants.

This position is open to all internal and external qualified candidates.


South Regional Team B position is 1.0 FTE works 40 hours per week.

Workdays and hours will be determined at time of hire, may vary based on client service needs, and may include some early morning, evening, and weekend hours. This position is non-exempt and therefore subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  There is ability to provide services via phone/video during COVID precautions.

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through January 8, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after January 8, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  


South Regional B serves multiple sites throughout South East King County, with a base site at Birch Creek Public Health Center at 13111 SE 274th St, Kent, WA 98030.

May be asked to work at other locations on an as needed basis depending on staffing needs. Some field/home visiting is also an expectation of this position.

Job Duties

  • Provide direct services to individuals and groups in Public Health setting in Maternity Support Services, Infant Case Management, and Women, Infant and Children’s supplemental food program, both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide direct services to clients including case management and care coordination, health education, counseling and referral as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Conduct comprehensive, culturally sensitive screenings and assessments of high-risk clients and families with an emphasis on prenatal and postpartum mothers and infants.
  • Provide direct behavioral health services and consultation to other disciplines and specialty clinics within Public Health as indicated and appropriate.
  • Educate staff and clients regarding mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues and available local resources.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team with other disciplines in Public Health and the community.
  • Provide crisis intervention, short-term counseling and referral services to stabilize client psychosocial needs and coping skills.
  • Coordinate with supervisor regarding activity priorities according to program and site needs.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling from an accredited university
  • The ability to obtain a Certified Counselor Credential or an Associate Level credential or License in Social Work or Mental Health (applicants will be considered who have obtained a temporary practice permit issued by Washington State Department of Health)
  • The ability to obtain an Medical Assistant-Registered certification through DOH and complete finger sticks and use a HemoCue for occasional hemoglobin screenings on WIC participants
  • Experience successfully providing assessments, treatment planning, case management, care coordination, crisis intervention and brief counseling independently in a health or social service setting.
  • Experience with or education in Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply appropriate and best practice models of care such as Motivational Interviewing, brief behavioral health interventions, group facilitation and education and consultative assistance based on a variety of client presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to educate other staff regarding mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues and available local resources
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to foster and maintain a variety of interpersonal relationships and to provide social work services independently with minimal immediate supervision and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply professional social work principles, methodology and ethics
  • Experience with use of the therapeutic relationship to foster client self-determination
  • Knowledge of human psycho-social development within the context of family, community and culture
  • Knowledge of health and social issues impacting client and community well-being.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention principles and skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of organization to meet high volume workload demands.
  • Have ability to delivery services in an office and home/field setting.
  • Working knowledge of standard software applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • WIC and First Steps services (Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management) experience highly desired
  • At least one year post graduate professional experience providing independent behavioral health counseling service in a health or social service setting
  • Specific specialized experience or advanced training in mental health, domestic violence, or substance abuse
  • Experience providing social services to high-risk maternal-child health clients of low income, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural populations.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.


The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
The candidate must possess a valid Washington State driver's license.  
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.


Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
Providing only information in a resume or cover letter will not be considered as a complete application. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on your resume or cover letter and do not include the standard information in the application.
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Resume
  • Letter of interest indicating how you meet or exceed the qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions
For questions regarding the position or the application process, please contact Mark Lacy, HR Analyst, at


This position is represented by the Professional & Technical Employees Union, Local 17.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have a Master's degree in social work, marriage and family therapy or counseling from an accredited university?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you currently possess or have the ability to obtain a Certified Counselor Credential, an Associate Level Credential, or License in Social Work or Mental Health?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you worked independently as a social worker with minimal immediate supervision?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please provide a brief description of your experience working with minimal on-site supervision, including the name of the organization where you did this work. If you do not have this experience, type "n/a."
Do you have specific specialized experience or advanced training in Mental Health, Domestic Violence or Substance Abuse?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide a brief description of your experience and/or training in Mental Health, Domestic Violence or Substance Abuse. If you do not have this type of experience or training, type "n/a."
Do you have experience providing social services to high-risk maternal-child health clients of low income; multi-lingual; multi-ethnic and multi-cultural populations?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please provide a brief description your experience providing social services to high-risk maternal-child health clients of low income; multi-lingual; multi-ethnic and multi-cultural populations. If you do not have this type of experience or training, type "n/a."
Do you have experience with or education in Early Childhood Development?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please provide a brief description of that Early Childhood Development experience and/or education. If you do not have this type of experience or training, type "n/a."
A key strength to our team is our agility to support each other. In this position you will be coordinating care and services with other team members and thus it is pertinent that staff are present, accessible and available during work hours. Share your experienced in having reliable attendance and punctuality and taking initiative to support your team when needed. If you do not have this experience, then type N/A.
Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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