Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 3 in Tacoma, Washington


The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Home and Community Services has an opportunity for a Social Service Specialist 3 to join their team of professionals in Tacoma, Washington.

This position is at the specialist level and independently provides Intensive and expert services to a population of high risk, dysfunctional, and frail adults. These clients are among the most medically and financially dependent and have been institutionalized for varying lengths of time. They include those who have mental illness, physical disabilities, and behavioral challenges. These clients are eligible for the full range of Home and Community Services plus the additional services available through the Roads to Community Living demonstration and WA Roads project.

Some of what you'll be doing The relocation specialist will work entirely with these long-term nursing facility residents to provide a variety of supportive services to enable them to relocate from the Institutional setting to their own homes or adult family homes.

Intensive relocation efforts include: Identifying and assessing eligible clients, coordination with a client's multi-disciplinary transition team (including financial services), authorizing services to contracted providers, directing contractors and monitoring that those services are provided as authorized. It includes authorizing SSPS payment to contracted providers and frequent consultation to be sure that the transition plan is progressing as desired. Clients making a successful transition to community will be transferred for ongoing case management to Home and Community Services residential care case managers or AAA case managers when ready.

What we're looking for

  • Knowledge of Medicaid laws, regulations, and policies
  • Knowledge of payment systems and service authorization procedures
  • Experience providing direct social services to elderly, or disabled, or developmentally disabled
  • Experience in completing comprehensive assessments and determining appropriate level of long term care needs
  • Ability to analyze a variety of programmatic issues/problems and develop workable solutions
  • Possess social casework theory, principles and practices
  • Ability to identify and evaluate social dynamics affecting client choice and decision making
  • Ability to compose professionally cogent and grammatically correct letters
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility by adapting to change, respecting differences in opinion and values

Who should apply? Professionals with one year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2 (formerly Social Worker 2) since July 1, 1988.


Professionals with a Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field AND two years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.


Professionals with a 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.

NOTE: 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.

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

NOTE: Equivalent social service experience would include the previous classes of Caseworker 3 or higher.

Questions? Please contact Trina DeBiase Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. 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 & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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.

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10258 WZ17

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/24/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,627.00 - $4,762.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA