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Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS or Perm - Enterprise)

Company: Department of Human Services
Location: Enterprise
Posted on: June 21, 2022

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Initial Posting Date: 06/02/2022Application Deadline:/Agency:Department of Human ServicesSalary Range:4,131.00 - 6,332.00Position Type:EmployeePosition Title:Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS or Perm - Enterprise)Job Description:This position is located in Enterprise, Oregon, some 40 miles west of the Idaho border (as the crow flies) in northeast Oregon.**PLEASE NOTE: We will be hiring for Permanency and Child Protective Services from this posting. In the application questionnaire you will indicate your preference of work area.**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 two dedicated and compassionate individuals to provide services as Social Service Specialists 1 in Enterprise, Oregon.OUR AGENCY MISSION "To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity."ABOUT THE PROGRAMFor more information on Child Welfare programs please click here.WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING AS A PERMANENCY WORKER:Employees in these positions engage children, families, foster parents and caregivers in a multitude of ways to achieve safety, permanency and well-being of Oregon's children. When helping children and families achieve permanency, child welfare professionals must balance an array of issues, including needs of the child and the family, as well as legal requirements. Child welfare professionals develop and implement multifaceted strategies that build on family strengths and address concerns. Services are tailored to each family's circumstances and must address the issue(s) that brought the child and family into the child welfare system. Strategies may include family engagement and ongoing assessment; maintaining family and cultural connections; and connecting families with service providers, community partners and stakeholders. Please click here to watch our video and learn more about this work.WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING AS A CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WORKER:Employees in these positions protect children's safety and support families. CPS workers conduct child safety assessments of alleged child abuse or neglect to determine if a child has been or is at risk of being harmed. Child welfare professionals must balance an array of issues, including needs of the child and the family, as well as legal requirements. Child welfare professionals conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews to obtain and assess mental, physical, environmental and social status of caregiver. Assess interview information to determine appropriate child placement and ensure least restrictive environment, take action to reduce risk to child by providing emergency, crisis intervention. Determinations are made in consideration to each family's circumstances.Please click here to watch our video and learn more about this work.WORKING CONDITIONSRequires some travel. You may interact with a wide range of people including some who have experienced trauma, exhibit challenges in controlling their anger, or other unexpected emotions. Work requires ability to prioritize work related to child safety and respond quickly to emergent situations. This position works within a small but supportive team and must balance a fluctuating workload. 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.WHATS IN IT FOR YOUWhen you join the Oregon Department of Human Services, you join a community of nearly 10,000 employees dedicated to Oregon's most vulnerable population. Career growth and development is encouraged through ample training and committee participation opportunities. The State of Oregon offers excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO QUALIFY: **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;ORA bachelor's degree unrelated to Human Services and either:One year of Human Services related experience; ORCompletion of coursework equivalent to certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency;ORAn associate degree and either:Two years of Human Services related experience; OROne year of Human Services related experience and related training, coursework or certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency.Essential 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 crisis intervention or conflict resolution techniques.Experience conducting investigations and/or formal reviews to assess compliance with standards, policies, regulations, or laws.Skill in defining and explaining complex rules and guidelines in a variety of settings.Skill in writing clear and concise reports, such as case plans, court reports and investigative reports that include thorough conclusions and recommended action.Ability to engage children and families under time-sensitive and difficult circumstances, to gather information and make informed decisions.Ability to think clearly, remain calm and safety plan under stressful situations. Experience effectively engaging and communicating with clients, staff, courts, and community partners and organizations.Additional Requirements:Finalists 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.Requires valid driver's license. The Oregon Department of Human Services does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODHS will use E-Verify to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. How to Apply:Your work history profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect places to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the skills and experience that make you the best candidate for the position. For additional tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page, Resources for Job Seekers.Please upload a resume and/or complete the work history profile. Note: Your resume may be uploaded in the Resume/CV field on the online application. External Applicants: Click on the "Apply" button and submit your application. View this video for help.Internal Applicants (Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.Additional Details:This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies. This job posting is open continuous, and applications will be screened on a bi-weekly basis. This job posting may be closed at any time once a sufficient candidate pool is established.For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact Please be sure to include the job requisition number.If you need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate in the application or selection process, please contact our office at questions about Workday, and want some tips on understanding the state application process? Check out this link.Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference points, you will receive a task in your Workday account to provide military documents (DD214/Disability if you have not already provided them). Please check your Workday inbox regularly to ensure any pending tasks are completed and avoid delays to preference percentage points being awarded. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application - instead, attach these documents when prompted to during the Workday task. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources.In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. ODHS does not offer visa sponsorship for this position.ODHS 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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