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Social Service Specialist 1 - Multiple Positions! (REQ-88522)

We want you to join our team!

Do you want the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need of support?  Do you want to be part of a diverse workforce that collaborates and learns from each other to improve services that support children, families, and communities?  Then, we want to hear from you!
The Office of Child Welfare, part of the Oregon Department of Human Services, is looking for multiple dedicated and compassionate individuals to perform services as Social Service Specialists in North Bend, Oregon.

Our Mission
 "To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity."

For more information on Child Welfare programs please click here.

Employees in these positions perform the work of a Child Protective Services (CPS) Worker, Permanency Worker, Foster Care Certification Worker and Adoption Workers.  CPS work includes conducting child safety assessments of alleged child abuse or neglect to determine if a child has been or is at risk of being harmed.  Permanency work includes engaging children, families, foster parents, and caregivers in a multitude of ways to achieve safety, permanency and well-being of Oregon’s children.  Employees in these positions also identify and seek relative caregivers, foster parents, and adoptive parents. 
Please click here to watch our video and learn more about this work.

Requires some travel.  The duties in this position include work with challenging and at times hostile clients, in sometimes unsafe and unsanitary home environments.  Work requires ability to prioritize work related to child safety and respond quickly to emergent situations.  This work is performed during various shifts that may include the traditional work week, swing shift, evenings, and weekends.  Working hours may be adjusted within a given week to provide services.

Opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need of support. Be part of a diverse workforce that collaborates and learns from each other to improve services that support children, families, and communities.
Excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and competitive retirement plan.  We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans .

**To be accepted for review of this application, we will need an attached Resume and/or completed Workday Profile to ensure we may verify your qualifications for the position. Please read the “Get Noticed” section of the posting details to ensure your application is complete. **
To be considered for an interview, you must submit all required documents and your application material must reflect that you meet the requirements.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Human Services or a field related to human service, OR
  • A bachelor’s degree unrelated to Human Services and either:
One year of Human Services related experience; OR
Completion of coursework equivalent to certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency.

  • An associate degree and either:
Two years of Human Services related experience; OR
One year of Human Services related experience and related training, coursework or certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency.

Essential Skills/Attributes:
The most qualified candidates will possess the following attributes, skills, and areas of experience as they relate to the position: 
  • Knowledge or skill with conflict resolution or crisis intervention techniques.
  • Experience conducting investigations and/or formal reviews to assess compliance with standards, regulations, or laws.
  • Ability to engage children and families under time-sensitive and challenging circumstances, to gather information and make informed decisions.
  • Skill in writing reports, such as case plans, court reports and investigative reports that include conclusions and recommended action while also defining and explaining complex rules and guidelines in a variety of settings.
  • Experience engaging and working with community partners and organizations.
  • Ability to input and retrieve data efficiently and effectively.

  • Additional Requirement:
Finalists will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.  Successful candidates for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following convictions are likely to result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Computer theft, identify theft and fraud.  CJIS Clearance is done at the conditional job offer.
Requires valid driver’s license. 



External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. View this video for help.
Veterans: If you are claiming Veterans Preference percentage points, please ensure to complete the tasks in Workday during the application process and upload your documents (DD214 / Disability) if wanting to receive Veteran’s preference. Failure to submit documents will result in no points being awarded.

Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the minimum and special qualifications listed above. For additional tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page, Resources for Job Seekers.

To receive Veterans' Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to you through Workday and will be located under your account profile. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation for your Veterans’ Preference percentage point selection. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources or call the Oregon department of Veterans’ Affairs at:  1-800-692-9666.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.  Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.
This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Note:  this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
This posting is open continuous and candidates will be screened on an ongoing basis. The posting may be closed at any time once a sufficient candidate pool has been established.
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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, LGBTQ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.