State of Oregon Foster Homer Certifier Social Service Specialist 1 in Portland, Oregon

Foster Homer Certifier Social Service Specialist 1



Foster Homer Certifier Social Service Specialist 1


$43,968.00 - $64,068.00 Annually


Portland, OR

Job Type

Limited Duration


Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

Job Number



9/24/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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DHS18-1471 Limited Duration

A career with Children, Adults and Families, within the 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 to work with the Department of Human Services

We are currently seeking proactive learners and resilient contributors to join our Child Welfare team of professionals. There is one full-time limited duration opening located at our Portland (NE Glisan) 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:

  • Certification:

  • Gather and analyze information and confirm safe environments through interviews, observations, and other source materials of the foster parents and relative caregivers;

  • Conduct home visits, assure compliance and confirm a safe environment with standards and department expectations;

  • Re-assess certified families on an ongoing basis and assure recertification compliance requirements are met at a minimum of every two years;

  • Document assessment activities and complete other documentation requirements per department policies;

  • Assure completion of background and reference checks for criminal history, child abuse, and personal references.

  • Retention:

  • Support and facilitate communication between certified families and case workers to ensure services and resources are available to children and young adults;

  • Develop, implement and participate in local community efforts to provide supportive communication networks for certified families through informational newsletters and recognition activities.

  • Placement Matching / Support for Child:

  • Facilitate the establishment and involvement of certified families in mentorship and support groups that teach and encourage responsible substitute care giving;

  • Involve the child's parent or legal guardian in identifying substitute care placement resources whenever possible

  • Consider potential substitute care placements that meet the needs of the child

  • Assure that the substitute care placement is the most home-like, least restrictive available to meet the child's needs

  • Implement and monitor Placement Support Plans for any certified family who needs assistance in maintaining conditions that provide safety and wellbeing to children or young adults in the home.

  • Training:

  • Provide orientation to applicants.

  • Present Child Welfare's Foundations training to all applicants.

  • Develop a training plan with the certified families.

  • Other Duties as assigned

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

  • Effective Teamwork

  • Ability to make sound critical thinking decisions

  • Child welfare program experience.

  • Experience investigating reports alleging child abuse or neglect.

  • 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 preparing and maintaining narrative documentation of the activities concerning individual client cases.

  • Experience working with individuals and families from diverse cultures.

  • Experience documenting individual client cases

  • Computer proficiency

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

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: 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.

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


* COMING SUMMER of 2018*

The State of Oregon is implementing a new Human Resource Information System (HRIS), Workday. Workday will provide the latest technology in the areas of recruitment and retention.

Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support:

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E-Recruit technical support: or call 855-524-5627 (toll free)

Information on Veterans' Preference points:

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.

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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.