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Screener (Social Service Specialist 1)
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Screener (Social Service Specialist 1)
Screener (Social Service Specialist 1)



Screener (Social Service Specialist 1)


$43,164.00 - $62,904.00 Annually


Boardman, OR

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Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

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5/21/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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A career with Children, Adults and Families is a chance to change at a time. Do you want the ability to impact families in a positive way? Bring your professional knowledge, excellent communications skills and emotional intelligence to work with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

We are currently seeking proactive learners and resilient contributors to join our Children, Adults and Family team of professionals. There is ONE (1) permanent full-time, Social Service Specialist 1 (Screener) opening located in Boardman, OR (103 SW Kinkade Road). This position is represented by a union.

DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

What you will be doing:

A Screener's role in the protective services system is pivotal to the prompt and appropriate response to children at risk in abusive or neglectful situations. A screener gathers enough information to judge child vulnerability factors, risk factors and safety threats all of which might place a child in imminent danger of serious harm.

What's in it for you:

You will join a team of dedicated child welfare professionals charged with engaging children and families and to provide services in a regular, systematic and ongoing way.

Duties include:

+ Screeners provide protective services as assigned by supervisor:

+ Responsible for intake screening.

+ Prepare and complete case documentation, reports and all other necessary forms, including personnel documentation.

a. Assess client for appropriate community referral or eligibility for services.

b. Assess whether referral involves child abuse, neglect or endangerment.

c. Determine the department's response.

d. Determine eligibility and appropriateness of services; i.e., protective, family support services, substitute care services.

+ e. Provide referrals to community resources if family is not appropriate or eligible for DHS services as outlined in the Child Welfare Procedure Manual.

Working Conditions

The screening position requires excellent public relations skills; ability to efficiently multi-task and set work priorities. The screening requires the ability to simultaneously talk on the phone with caller and record information in the OR-Kids system. Screening requires excellent organizational and prioritization skills.

This is what you need to qualify:

A Bachelor's or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field; OR

A Bachelor's degree in a field not closely related (to Social Work/Human Services) and one year of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing).

Requirements for position: FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) clearance.

We are looking for candidates with a work history that demonstrates skill with the following:

+ Experience preparing and maintaining narrative documentation of the activities concerning individual client cases;

+ Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing and in person;

+ Education and work experience that has prepared you for a job screening reports of child abuse;

+ Experience engaging and interviewing the general public about child abuse and/or neglect;

+ Experience referring individuals to community partners or programs related to human or social services;

+ Experience in human/social services assisting children, adults and families with change;

+ Experience dealing with difficult or hostile situations;

+ Experience working at a human services related hotline

Only the candidates whose experience most closely match the qualifications and requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.


Veteran's Points:

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be give veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Elizabeth Schroeder, Workforce Recruitment Consultant

TTY users please contact the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900 and ask the Telecommunications Assistant to connect you to 503-945-5698 (TTY Users).

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.


The Oregon Department of Human Services/Oregon Health Authority is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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