Go to careers.wa.gov and click on the green box, “Look for Jobs,” at the top of the Home page. Scroll to the bottom and enter the words “Social Service Specialist” in the search box. This will take you to all the social service specialist positions currently open statewide. You can also select a particular county or agency to further refine your search.
The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program is available to employees pursuing a master’s degree in social work. CWTAP provides specialized education and tuition support in exchange for service following graduation. This program is administered through University of Washington, University of Washington Tacoma and Eastern Washington University. Read more about CWTAP on the Alliance website.
Yes, as long as it is in social work or a related field.
Job candidates can check the status of their application online or contact the recruiter listed at the bottom of the specific job posting.
Yes. Our partner, Eastern Washington University, offers many training opportunities that are convenient to those living east of the Cascades.
There are a variety of training programs provided by the Alliance. Learn more on the Alliance website.
Yes. Washington Children’s Administration provides professional development and training opportunities to employees who choose social work as their area of practice.
Yes, this work can be challenging, but very rewarding, too. To give you a realistic idea of what you might face on the job, the Alliance website has been updated with a selection of videos showing real-life social workers talking about their jobs. See these videos on the Realistic Job Previews page.
You can also view additional realistic job preview videos on the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Yes. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be asked about your work location preference; however, placement is based on vacancies and individual office needs.