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Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS Worker)
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Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS Worker)
Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS Worker)



Social Service Specialist 1 (CPS Worker)


$43,164.00 - $62,904.00 Annually


Pendleton, OR

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Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

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4/19/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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If you previously applied under announcement number DHS18-0331A and qualified, you need not reapply. Your name will automatically be added to the list of qualified candidates for this recruitment.

A career with the Oregon Department of Human Services 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 and join our Children, Adults and Families team? If you are ready to join an extraordinary agency, apply for this amazing opportunity today!

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 (Bi-Lingual English / Spanish) position located in Pendleton (800 SE Emigrant, Suite 200). This position is represented by a union.

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

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Some of what you will be doing:

You will respond to assigned referrals regarding alleged child abuse or neglect when a field assessment is necessary. The CPS worker determines whether or not abuse or neglect has occurred, identifies child safety threats and develops protective actions and ongoing safety plans when children would be unsafe without intervention of the agency.

The role of the caseworker is to engage children and families and provide services in a regular, systematic and ongoing way. Good practice across all child welfare program areas focuses on:

+ The ability of the caseworker to engage the client;

+ The rapport or the helping relationship between the caseworker and the client;

+ Risk and safety assessments and the associated decisions and plans;

+ Comprehensive child and family assessments;

+ The development of a case plan with the family;

+ Casework decision-making;

+ Essential casework activities designed to facilitate change;

+ The review and evaluation of client progress.

Actively seeks to achieve the DHS goals of integrity, stewardship, responsibility, respect and professionalism.

Actively seeks to provide culturally appropriate services where individuals are treated respectfully, compassionately and effectively in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth of children, individuals, families and communities, protecting and preserving the dignity of each. This includes: culture, language, national origin, class, race, age ethnic background, disability, stage of development, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other differences/diversity factors

Assessment Activities

+ Conduct child interviews;

+ Conduct parent interviews;

+ Gather collateral interviews including review of pertinent documents;

+ Observation of the home environment;

+ Interviewing Perpetrators.

Additional assessment related activities that include but are not limited to:

+ Arrange medical evaluation of children;

+ Arrange substitute care placement of children;

+ Attend court hearings related to CPS assessments;

+ Attend MDT meetings related to CPS assessments.

Conduct documentation activities including but not limited to:

+ Entering assessment information in the ORKIDS system

+ Completing referral information for assessment evaluations

+ Completing necessary court related information including petition work sheets, court reports, affidavits, etc.

+ Completing Protective Action documentation

+ Completion of Ongoing Safety Plan documentation

CPS Screeners provide protective services as assigned by supervisor

+ Responsible for intake screening.

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

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

+ Determine the department's response.

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

+ 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 duties in this position include work with challenging and sometimes hostile clients; work with LEA in sometimes unsafe and unsanitary home environments. This work requires a valid Oregon Drivers license. Work requires ability to prioritize work related to child safety and respond quickly to emergent situations.

This position requires working a flexible schedule as a condition of employment with a normal work day of 8 hours, from 8 AM to 5 PM; however, working hours may be adjusted within a given week, to provide planned services. Occasional compensated overtime during evening and weekend work may be required. The worker will be part of the after hours on call rotation.

This position is a bilingual, Spanish/English position. This is reflective of the community we service and the needs of the district. The position will be available for CPS assessments in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

We're looking for professionals who have successfully demonstrated their:

+ Experience working for a Social Service Program

+ Experience working with community partners

+ Experience investigating reports alleging child abuse or neglect

+ Experience documenting individuals client cases

+ Computer proficiency

+ Experience gathering information to assess family situations and determining appropriate substitute care for children

+ Experience screening and assessing clients for appropriate community referral or eligibility for programs related to human services

+ Experience writing reports sufficient for use in court and/or testifying in a court setting

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

Minimum Qualifications

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


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).

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.

This position is bilingual and requires duties to be performed both in English and Spanish. The job offer will be contingent upon passing test(s) evaluating your proficiency in the bilingual requirements of the position.


+ Child Welfare experience, including assessing the safety of children, assessing the protective capacities of parents/care givers, working concurrent plans and creating permanency plans for children;

+ Ability to engage clients (parents and children) and build a rapport while developing case plans;

+ Excellent organizational skills and systems;

+ Strong ability to multi-task and keep up with a lot of fast-paced work;

+ Excellent written skills, including clear and concise content, correct grammar and ability to proofread their work;

+ Excellent verbal communication skills, including presenting information to a group of people;

+ Team player within the workplace, as well as with community partners;

+ Experience presenting information in court;

+ Computer and keyboarding skills, preferably 65 wpm or more.

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in your application. Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address.

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Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Carissa Stuckart, Workforce Recruitment Consultant

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900 and ask the Telecommunications Assistant to connect you to 503-945-5698 (8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday-Friday.

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 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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