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Permanency Caseworker ~ Social Service Specialist 1
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Permanency Caseworker ~ Social Service Specialist 1
Permanency Caseworker ~ Social Service Specialist 1



Permanency Caseworker ~ Social Service Specialist 1


$43,164.00 - $62,904.00 Annually


Hillsboro, OR

Job Type

Limited Duration


Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

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6/12/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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DHS18-0889 Limited Duration

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 full-time limited duration (Social Service Specialist 1) opening located at our Hillsboro (5350 NE Elam Young Parkway) field office. This position is represented by a union.

The duration of this position will be 1 year from date of hire.

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

What you will be doing:

The purpose of this permanency position is to provide case management for a caseload of 10-25 families that meet the eligibility criteria for preventative/restorative services in addition to permanency services. At times this position may also require out-of-home placement services/removal from home and placement in substitute care which can include placement with relatives. The designated purpose of the work is designed to provide the critical outcomes designated administratively in client services manual, in conjunction with case planning including the family, community resources, treatment providers, school officials and the Juvenile Court.


+ Develop case plan and appropriate goals for all cases assigned in a holistic case planning format, utilizing a Strength Needs-based philosophy, including the use of Family Decision Meetings (FDM), pre-placement meetings, and field FDMs. Permanency caseloads range from 10 - 25 cases. These cases will include in-home, substitute care placements, proctor homes, residential placements, relative care placements and adoptive placements. Adherence to the Adoption Safe Families Act, and plan inclusive of achieving the most appropriate permanency plan to meet the individualized needs of each child, and family, including implementing the plan for adoption, guardianship and permanent foster care with recommendations from family and participating community partners. Case plans will include attention to detail and recognition to cultural heritage, religious affiliation, dietary regimes, and needs for healthy family attachments,

+ Contact each client regularly and evaluate progress towards case planning goals. Providing monthly face-to-face contact for children placed in substitute care and In-Home placements. Children in adoptive placements at least once a month for the first six months of placement, after the first six months of supervision, with the agreement of the supervising worker, supervisor, and adoptive parents, bi-monthly face-to-face visits with the child and adoptive parents shall occur until finalization. In these meetings, the worker will continue to develop a good working relationship with the child in order to plan for the best interest of the child. According to the observations and information gained from these meetings, the case worker will activate, monitor and adjust the service plan for the child.

+ Staff cases when appropriate, at Alternate care, Residential care screenings, High Risk Staffings, and transfer staffings. Attend Assistant Attorney General Staffings (when appropriate), Child Planning Conferences, Inter-Agency branch staffings, Central Office Adoption Committees, Branch Adoption Committees, Current Caretaker Staffings, and Permanency Committee staffings. Additionally, attendance at treatment reviews in regards to residential placements, treatment foster care, and proctor home placements is required. All these staffings will require supplemental documentation for review. All documentation will be completed in a timely manner. Information will be comprehensive, truthful and objective in nature. Supplemental evaluations, treatment documentation and medical history will also be submitted as an addendum when attending staffings if appropriate.

+ Coordinate service delivery within the Department of Human Services' community resources including inner- agency disciplines, the juvenile court, law enforcement agencies, schools and treatment providers.

+ Refer to contracted and community resources such as Family Skill builders, Parent Training, and FSAT as well as utilizing flexible funding dollars to meet the individualized needs of the children eligible for these services. This funding will be accessed after community resources have been utilized, and no other means of support will address the need of the specific child. Provide translator services when appropriate. In addition to following the ADA act providing information in alternate formats, service modification upon notification of an individual's need. These services should have the ability to support the needs of the family and child(ren), through a method supportive of the family's values and cultural heritage.

+ Attend relevant court hearings (dependency and delinquency matters in juvenile court and criminal proceedings) and Citizen Review Board Reviews.

+ Evaluate for appropriate health, educational and mental health services. This evaluation should include consistent, comprehensive review with family members, placement providers, school officials, mental therapists, and/or any other individuals who have pertinent information regarding the child and family. This is an ongoing assessment which can be facilitated through face-to-face contact, treatment reviews, FDM's, Individualized Educational Plans, etc. This information will be documented through case notes in ORKids, case plans, permanency plans, Court cover letters, AAG staffings, and additional case narratives. This would also include requesting assistance from Agency consults to assist in the evaluation regarding a specific dynamic, and or family situation.


+ Compose and submit all appropriate reports for court hearings, citizen review hearings, referrals to residential care, narratives submitted for committees such as current caretaker staffings, adoption committees, and suitability staffings, client file and special reports, in a timely manner.

+ Complete necessary Department of Human Services Child Welfare forms according to division policy and branch procedure. This would also include visitation plans

+ Provide data for ORKids system input in accordance with division and branch time lines.

+ Other duties as assigned


Workers are frequently subjected to angry and hostile clients and may be in danger of verbal or physical abuse. In addition, workers are consistently asked to make critical decisions regarding the safety of children under adverse circumstances including workload pressure, time constraints and conflicting opinions as to the necessary course of action. Workers may have to work after hours or on weekends. Requires valid driver's license.

This position requires working a flexible schedule as a condition of employment with a normal work day of 8 hours; 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.

This is what you need to qualify:

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: 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.

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

+ Human Services experience

+ Child Welfare program experience

+ Knowledge of community resources

+ Case management experience

+ Court presentations and reports

+ Timely and accurate documentation

+ Conflict resolution, de-escalation experience

+ Experience working with families who face significant barriers

+ Professional use of Spanish language

Only candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and with work experience most closely meeting the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.


*** COMING SUMMER of 2018***

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Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Nora Leyva-Esquivel, Workforce Recruitment Consultant


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.

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. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday).

If you need an alternate format of the application or assistance to participate in the hiring process please contact our ADA Office at,


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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