Human Services Specialist - #740280

Department of Human Services

Date: 01/14/2022 14:00 PM

City: Dallas, Oregon

Salary: $3,165 - $4,765 / month

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

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Department of Human Services

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$3,165 - $4,765

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Human Services Specialist 3 - Benefit and Eligibility Worker

Job Description:


Have you always wanted to be part of a collaborative, dynamic and diverse team? If you are looking for an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new career, making a difference in people’s lives and have a strong desire to help others, the position below may be for you. If interested, apply today!

Equity is foundational to our role as a human services agency, and we are committed to integrating equity into all we do. The Equity North Star has four points that explain the agency's goals related to equity, inclusion, and racial justice

The Office of Self Sufficiency, which is part of the Oregon Department of Human Services, is looking for talented individuals to serve as a Benefit and Eligibility Worker . In this role you will explain and interview applicants and recipients to determine eligibility requirements for agency programs and resources. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies

We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ community members. The strength of our agency lies in the diversity of our workforce and the perspectives our employees bring to their work at ODHS

At the Oregon Department of Human Services, our Agency Mission is "To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.” We value a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We stand by our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization, and recognize and celebrate our unique backgrounds and diverse experiences

We are committed to action for anti-racism and racial equity to build and sustain an agency that truly carries itself with the core values of integrity, stewardship, responsibility, respect, professionalism, innovation, and service equity

We are seeking a leader who fosters environments and teams where we all feel safe, valued, supported, strengthened, and engaged in our personal growth and the agency’s growth. “RiSE” is what we call our culture and has six elements:

  • Safety and well-being
  • Caring and supportive relationships
  • High expectations and accountability
  • Equitable Treatment and Belonging
  • Meaningful participation; and,
  • Community engagement


The goal of the Self-Sufficiency Program is to help families address barriers, and gain skills and access to employment opportunities to become self-sufficient. TANF is a collection of programs directed at improving the lives of very low-income Oregon families with children. Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program


  • Determines initial eligibility for Medicaid, APD Financial Eligibility, TANF, Domestic Violence services, SNAP, Medical and Employment Related Day Care applicants and / customers by:
  • Interview applicants in person, by phone, by email to gather information needed to assess and determine if there is a need for services and benefits
  • Assessing client family strengths and needs, connecting families to other resources and programs
  • You will update narrative report summarizing new information from client and collateral sources, findings of home visit, and conclusions
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Work is conducted in offices and other program sites
  • Work can require travel, including overnight
  • Based on business need, this position may be relocated to other offices or to out stationed sites within the district
  • Limited physical exertion
  • May require sitting at a terminal or telephone for prolonged periods of the workday
  • May require a valid driver’s license or other acceptable method of transportation
  • May interact with clients who are under emotional or financial stress


A place to belong and make a difference!

  • When you join the ODHS, you join a community of nearly 10,000 employees dedicated to serving all Oregonians
  • You can find connections through an Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which are voluntary, employee-driven committees that support each other as well as the ODHS overall mission. ERG’s are an officially chartered group organized around shared cultural identity(ies) to support historically underrepresented ODHS employees and/or under and/or over-represented client populations
  • You can grow your career and develop professionally through ample training and committee participation opportunities
  • You also have access to the State of Oregon’s excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance , generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan


  • Two years of experience determining eligibility for an agency program by interviewing to assess the needs of clients, and interpreting and applying the policies, rules, and guidelines that are applicable to the client's situation
  • Any college courses may be substituted for the two years of general experience on a year-for-year basis (45 quarter hours is equivalent to one year of experience

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here


  • Determining Eligibility: Experience communicating decisions regarding the approval or denial of benefits or services
  • Team-Oriented : Ability to work well and thrive in a team environment
  • Explain Laws, Rules, & Policies: Ability to learn and articulate complex laws, rules, and policies in a customer-focused manner, to a non-technical audience
  • Managing high volume of work : Ability to complete tasks, duties, projects, and obligations with deadlines, that produce high-quality results
  • Accuracy and Attention to detail: Ensuring you have a complete understanding of the task you're working on
  • Customer Focus: Ability to professionally interact with a high volume of diverse customers communicating decisions regarding the approval or denial of benefits or services that exceeds the customers’ expectations
  • Verbal communication: The ability to engage with individuals
  • Active listening: The ability to understanding individuals’ needs and demonstrating compassion
  • Written communication: Ability to communicate via email, mail, written document, reports, presentation
  • Experience writing notices, reports and narration of eligibility determinations
  • Experience working in interviewing customer in-person and over the phone to obtain information and determine eligibility
  • Experience communicating decisions, rules, policies and procedures. Experience organizing and prioritizing a high volume of work
  • Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing, and in person


Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check. Adverse background information will be reviewed and could result in withdrawal of a conditional job offer or termination of employment


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  • This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time
  • For questions about the job duties or application process, please contact Please include the REQ #
  • If you need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate in the application or selection process, please contact our ADA Office at

DHS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA+ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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