Job Search FAQ

How do I find which state agencies have positions open?

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.

Is there support available to continue my education if I am currently employed at Children’s Administration?

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.

During the job interview process, is volunteer experience considered a plus?

Yes, as long as it is in social work or a related field.

I applied for a job but have not heard back nor have I been called in for an interview. What can I do?

Job candidates can check the status of their application online or contact the recruiter listed at the bottom of the specific job posting.

I live in Eastern Washington. Do you offer training programs in the eastern part of the state?

Yes. Our partner, Eastern Washington University, offers many training opportunities that are convenient to those living east of the Cascades. 

If I am hired, what other types of training opportunities are available?

There are a variety of training programs provided by the Alliance. Learn more on the Alliance website.

Is there additional training provided to support social workers in public child welfare?

Yes. Washington Children’s Administration provides professional development and training opportunities to employees who choose social work as their area of practice.

I have heard that social work in public child welfare is really challenging. Is that true?

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.

Can I indicate in which office or location I want to work?

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.

What are the minimum qualifications for a social worker at Children’s Administration?
Children’s Administration has specific qualifications for four levels of Social Service Specialists (1, 2, 3 and 4). Briefly, these qualifications are:
 
Social Service Specialist 1
Master’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or related field; OR
Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields plus one year of social service experience. 
 
Social Service Specialist 2
Eighteen months as a Social Service Specialist 1; 
OR
Master’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or related field, and one year as a   Social Service Specialist 1 or equivalent paid experience; 
OR
Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields, and two years of paid social service experience performing  functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.
 
Social Service Specialist 3
One year as a Social Service Specialist 2; 
OR
Master’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or related field, and two years of  paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2; 
OR
Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields, and three years of paid social service experience performing  functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
 
Social Service Specialist 4
Two years as a Social Service Specialist 3; 
OR
Four years as a Social Service Specialist 2;
OR
Master’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences or related field, and four years of paid experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2; 
OR
Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields, and six years of paid experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
 
Note: A two-year Master’s degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum may be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.
 
Where can I find additional information?
You can find additional information on job searches or training opportunities in the child welfare profession on the Alliance website.