State of Oregon Child Protective Service Worker (Social Service Specialist 1) in Prineville, Oregon

Child Protective Service Worker (Social Service Specialist 1)



Child Protective Service Worker (Social Service Specialist 1)


$43,164.00 - $62,904.00 Annually


Prineville, OR

Job Type



Human Services-Children, Adults & Families

Job Number



3/25/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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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 Department of Human Services branch office, within the Child Welfare Unit, is seeking to fill ONE (1) CPS Assessment Worker position to provide child welfare services. This position is permanent full time, located in Prineville (457 Ochoco Plaza) and 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

These positions respond to assigned referrals regarding alleged child abuse or neglect when a field assessment is necessary. The CPS worker determines whether or not abuse or neglect has occurred, identifies child safety threats and develops protective actions and ongoing safety plans when children would be unsafe without intervention of the agency.

The role of the assessment workers are to engage children and families and provide services in a regular, systematic and ongoing way. Good practice across all child welfare program areas focuses on:

  • The ability of the caseworker to engage the client;

  • The rapport or the helping relationship between the caseworker and the client;

  • Risk and safety assessments and the associated decisions and plans;

  • Comprehensive child and family assessments;

  • The development of a case plan with the family;

  • Casework decision-making;

  • Essential casework activities designed to facilitate change;

  • The review and evaluation of client progress.


CPS Assessment Workers respond to assigned referrals of alleged child abuse/neglect in which children are alleged to be unsafe. Assessment activities as outlined in the procedure manual include the following:

  • Conduct child interviews

  • Conduct parent interviews

  • Gather collateral interviews including review of pertinent documents

  • Observation of the home environment

  • Make determination whether abuse or neglect has occurred and take protection when appropriate

Additional assessment-related activities that include but are not limited to:

  • Arrange medical evaluation of children

  • Arrange substitute care placement of children

  • Attend court hearings related to CPS assessments

  • Attend MDT meetings related to CPS assessments

Conduct documentation activities including but not limited to:

  • Enter assessment information in the OR-Kids system

  • Completing referral information for assessment evaluations

  • Completing necessary court related information including petition work sheets, court reports, affidavits, etc.

  • Completing Protective Action documentation

  • Completion of Ongoing Safety Plan documentation

Attend meetings as assigned by Supervisors including but not limited to:

  • Mandatory Reporter Trainings for Community

  • Unit meetings

  • MDT meetings

  • Participate in trainings as directed by supervisor


The duties in this position include work with challenging and sometimes hostile clients: work with LEA (Law Enforcement Agency) in sometimes unsafe and unsanitary home environments. This work requires a valid Oregon Driver's license and a good driving record. This work requires the ability to prioritize child safety and respond quickly to emergent situations. This position requires working a flexible schedule as a condition of employment with a normal work day of 8 hours, from 8AM to 5PM; however, working hours may be adjusted within a given week to provide planned services. 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; 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).


  • Experience working for a Social Service Program

  • Experience working with community partners

  • Experience investigating reports alleging child abuse or neglect

  • Computer proficiency

  • Experience gathering and documenting 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 relate to human services

  • Experience writing reports sufficient for use in court and/or testifying in a court setting

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

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


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.

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. (PST) Monday-Friday.

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.

The Oregon Department of Human Services 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.