DSHS ESA WorkFirst Program Specialist job vacancy in State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services (Colville, WA)

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Company name : State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services
Location : Colville, WA
Position : DSHS ESA WorkFirst Program Specialist

Description :

DSHS ESA WorkFirst Program Specialist
The Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division (CSD) is looking for an approachable and mindful individual for the role of a WorkFirst Program Specialist located in Colville, WA. In this role, you will experience the rewarding feeling of being alongside a dedicated team that shares your commitment to success.
This job provides professional services to individuals and families who have barriers to employment. You will interact respectfully with clients and coworkers in a work/home environment. Join us in transforming lives. Apply today!
Some of what you’ll do:

Provide professional case management and evaluates services for a broad range of individuals seeking WorkFirst assistance through the local community services office.
Conduct orientation for new and returning WorkFirst clients.
Determine each client’s eligibility and appropriateness for public assistance programs, including but not limited to Diversion Services through evaluation of current or potential income sources including child support, and other financial alternatives, employability, and ability and motivation to remain self-sufficient.
Screen clients for possible barriers such as domestic violence, substance abuse, special assistance, needs family planning, etc.
Develop, revise, monitor, and update client Individual Responsibility Plans which constitutes the basis for a client’s participation in WorkFirst and outlines the services and activities required for the client to move toward self-sufficiency.
Provide case management to TANF clients in their efforts to obtain employment, their success in achieving employment, and their efforts to improve their employment status.
Identifies, analyzes, and discusses client’s circumstances and refers to community resources and WorkFirst contractors to remove barriers to employability.
Assess the need, authorizes, and facilitates appropriate support services.
Conduct interviews both in the office and by phone to determine eligibility for financial, medical, and Basic Food programs. Determines accurate benefit amounts by calculating income and resources.
Provide benefits following the guidelines of federal and state funding sources and federal immigration law.
Complete appropriate home visits to address and resolve household issues and barriers, and engages clients into more meaningful participation to move them towards self-sufficiency
Assess the effect of reported changes on continuing eligibility and process client change of circumstances.
Input and receive data on multiple automated systems (ACES, EJAS, SSPS, Internet, Support Enforcement Maintenance System [SEMS], Electronic and Benefits Transfer Program (EBT), and maintains confidentiality of automated client data.
Perform other work as required.

What we’re looking for:

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
Experience multitasking in a fast-paced environment
Ability to interact with hostile and demanding clients
Utilization of motivational skills to help clients affect positive change
Superior organizational skills
Skilled in communicating with a diverse population
Knowledge of state and federal welfare reform laws, rules, and regulations

Who should apply?
Professionals with one year of experience as a Public Benefits Specialist 3 or equivalent experience determining eligibility for social or financial service programs.
How to apply:
Please fill out an application and include:

A resume
Cover letter
Three professional references

NOTE: Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.
Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions? Please contact Sharon.sterling@dshs.wa.gov and reference job number 11878.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. 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 and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services 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.
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