State of Oregon ICPC Worker (Social Service Specialist 1) in Beaverton, Oregon

ICPC Worker (Social Service Specialist 1)



ICPC Worker (Social Service Specialist 1)


$43,164.00 - $62,904.00 Annually


Beaverton, OR

Job Type



Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

Job Number



4/24/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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REVISED: Open competitive

If you previously applied and qualified for DHS18-0281, you need not re-apply. Your name is already on the list of applicants.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) mission is the safety, health and independence for all Oregonians. We help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. We protect children who are abused or neglected. We serve seniors and people with disabilities. We help low-income people along the road to self-sufficiency with health coverage, job preparation, childcare and other supports. Our services are delivered in the least restrictive setting and in partnership with communities. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees. DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

DHS employs over 7,500 people, in more than 100 locations around the state, and delivers services through and in coordination with many community partners.

The Oregon Department of Human Services/Child Welfare Programs/ Interstate Compact Unit, is seeking to fill one permanent, JOB SHARE (20 hours per week) position that is located in Beaverton (15425 NW Greenbrier Parkway). This position is represented by a union.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to evaluate the suitability of homes and families in Oregon for the placement of children from other states by public child welfare agencies in other states.

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children

Conduct Home Studies:

  • Following receipt of an interstate placement request originating from a public child welfare agency in another state, identify the type of placement the agency is seeking approval for: placement of a child or children in foster care, placement for purposes of adoption or placement with a biological parent or parents.

  • Review information supplied by the requesting agency about the specific children identified for placement, and identify any specific needs of the child or children that must be considered when assessing the suitability of a prospective care-giver.

  • Assess the suitability of individuals and families identified by the out-of-state agency to provide foster care, to adopt children or to care for their own biological children.

  • Gather and analyze information, including interviews with the prospective care-givers and other household members, direct observations of the prospective care-givers and their home environment, written references, and any additional documents or other source information relevant to an assessment of the prospective care-giver's suitability.

  • Use information gathered to determine prospective care-givers' ability to ensure a safe environment for identified children and, when applicable, to meet the permanency needs of children placed for adoption.

  • Complete criminal history and child abuse/neglect background checks as required by department policies.

  • Make recommendations regarding the suitability of the individual or family as a placement resource for the child or children identified by the requesting agency.

  • Document assessment activities in the form of a home study report and complete other documentation required by department policies.

  • Seek and obtain supervisory review and approval of home studies as directed by department policies.

  • Perform activities required by department policy to issue or deny a Certificate of Approval for foster care/relative care, including supervisory review of any decision to issue or deny a certificate.

  • Complete assigned home studies within time frames established by the Technical Assistance Unit.

  • Maintain records for individual home study requests and include copies of all documents and correspondence relevant to the home study and foster certification or adoption approval.

    Communication and Consultation

  • Maintain knowledge of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, all federal requirements that specifically pertain to interstate placements of children, all department policies pertaining to interstate placements and all procedures related to the ICPC.

  • Educate prospective caregivers about the ICPC process and requirements, answer their questions and provide information when requested.

  • Communicate with child welfare personnel in other states if and when they make contact to inquire about a home study request or to provide information with regard to a request.

  • Contact child welfare personnel in other states to obtain needed information regarding a home study request.

  • Work closely and communicate as needed with DHS field personnel assigned to provide on-going oversight of homes and supervision of children placed here from other states.

  • Respond promptly to inquiries from the Technical Assistance Unit and be prepared to report on the progress towards completion of individual home studies.

  • Read and respond to mail and e-mail promptly and return phone calls within 24 hours.


Work is performed in the office and field, including client homes. Travel is very frequent and work is performed across a large geographic area that is typically confined to a defined region of the state but could include travel to anywhere in the state. A valid driver's license is required. This position requires the ability to use computer technology, including working knowledge of Outlook, MS Word, Excel and the Department's state automated child welfare information system. This is a flexible work schedule position with a normal work day of eight hours from 8 AM to 5 PM, but working hours may be adjusted as necessary to meet workload demands. Occasional compensated overtime during evening and weekend work may be required.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


Bachelor's or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field;


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).


  • Experience with child welfare and with completing home studies

  • Experience with the SAFE home study

  • Organizational skills; ability to work independently

  • Time management; ability to meet strict deadlines

  • Cultural competency

  • Assessment and client engagement skills

  • Communication skills

  • Self-awareness

Your application materials, including your answers to the 'Supplemental Questions' will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and how you meet the requested skills for the position to which you have applied. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in your application.

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

Additional Information

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.

The State of Oregon now requires an e-mail address be provided on all applications.

Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support:

This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

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:, Workforce Recruitment Consultant. Please be sure that you include the job post number.

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

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.

Requirements for Child Welfare positions: 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.

DHS has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.

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,


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.