DSHS ESA Social Service Specialist 2 - #197092

State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services

Date: 06/08/2022 10:00 AM

City: Kelso, Washington

Salary: $4,286 - $5,630 / month

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day


DSHS ESA Social Service Specialist 2

If you are ready to embark on the next step of your social service career, consider this exciting opportunity. The Economic Services Administration (ESA), Community Services Division is currently seeking a full-time permanent Social Service Specialist to join our team in Kelso, WA.

You will provide professional social services to assist individuals applying for or receiving benefits from the Community Services Division. Your knowledge and experience will help support our mission to Transform Lives.

Work duties may be performed in an office environment; Employees reporting to an office building are required to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Screen and refer people for medical, psychiatric, and other tests
  • Conduct assessments to determine an individual's level of functioning including evaluating education, social history, living situation, and employment history, as well as physical and mental status
  • Review and interpret medical reports and test results to determine eligibility for programs
  • Authorize additional referrals to medical specialists when indicated by medical evidence
  • Stay up to date on community resources and referral sources for medical, mental, and chemical dependency treatment
  • Develop individualized case plans to provide specific action steps as a result of assessment findings
  • Participate in-home or alternate site visits to evaluate situations and conduct assessments of vulnerable and disabled applicants
  • Document case activity in appropriate computer programs

What we're looking for:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills when interviewing clients and interacting with coworkers, community partners, medical providers, and stakeholders
  • Ability to serve the public with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness
  • Ability to defuse a hostile situation
  • Willingness to work with hard to serve, chronically homeless, mentally ill, and chemically dependent individuals
  • Ability to use automated software applications

Who should apply?

Professionals with twelve months of experience as a Social Service Specialist 1 AND completion of the agency’s Social Service Specialist training program


A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal law/justice, or an allied field, and one year as a Social Service Specialist 1 or equivalent paid social service experience. 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


A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal law/justice, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1


Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact chris.pulley@dshs.wa.gov and reference #07947

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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