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Social Service Specialist

Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on February 4, 2020

Social Service Specialist

Make a difference in a child's life!

The State of Washington DCYF - Department of Children, Youth and Families is currently recruiting for several dynamic, motivated and culturally competent Social Service Specialist positions within field offices located throughout King County.

Our mission, culture, and benefits are paramount. DCYF was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional and physical well-being of children, youth and families -- an agency that prioritizes prevention and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through young adulthood. These Social Service Specialist positions, carry a caseload providing advanced level permanency planning and protection of children through intensive social work services to children and families.

These services develop and implement individual service plans designed to minimize risk to the health and safety of children and strengthen or reunite families. Vacancies also include positions within the Indian Child Welfare program. Positions at this level work with little supervision and exercise independent judgment. This includes the responsibility to devise and manage his or her personal workload.

Salary: $4,161 - $5,741 Monthly; plus an additional 5% premium pay for employees working in King County. Full time - Permanent

Office Locations: Bellevue, Kent & Seattle



The goal class for this position is a Social Service Specialist 3. We are willing to consider candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 level, with a training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. Experience is the only difference between qualifications for both levels, and will be evaluated by the hiring manager.

Required Qualifications for the Social Service Specialist 3 level:

Professionals with one year of experience as 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.


Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and two years of paid social service experience.

Note: A practicum will be substituted for the one year of paid social service experience.

Employees must successfully complete the formal training course sponsored by their division within one year of their appointment.

To apply, go to the State of Washington recruitment website at, click on "Look for Jobs" and Type: Social Service Specialist in the keywords field.

In addition to completing the online application applicants should attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume detailing experience and education
  • Copy of college degree or transcripts - Degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.