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DCYF - Financial Services Specialist 4 (FSS4) Kelso

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Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 24, 2018
Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Kelso, Washington
Years of Experiences
< 1
1 - 3
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
High School or equivalent, Some College Coursework Completed , Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
$3,420.00 - $4,487.00 Monthly

About Department of Children, Youth, and Families

DCYF is a cabinet-level agency focused on the well-being of children. Our vision is to ensure that "Washington state’s children and youth grow up safe and healthy—thriving physically, emotionally and academically, nurtured by family and community." Our guiding principles: A relentless focus on outcomes for children; A commitment to collaboration and transparency; A commitment to using data to inform and evaluate reforms, leveraging and aligning existing services with desired child outcomes; A focus on supporting staff as they contribute to the agency’s goals and outcomes. What We Do DCYF is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health, and to improve educational outcomes. We accomplish this by partnering with state and local agencies, tribes and other organizations in communities across the state of Washington. Our focus is to support children and families at their most vulnerable points, giving them the tools they need to succeed. Brain science tells us that laying a strong foundation, early in life, critically impacts healthy development. The science also tells us that addressing trauma, especially at critical transition points in the lives of youth, helps ensure successful transition into adulthood. To truly give all children the great start in school and life they deserve, DCYF was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional and physical well-being of children, youth and families — an agency that prioritizes early learning, prevention and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through adolescence. History DCYF is the state’s newest agency. It oversees several services previously offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early Learning. These include all programs from the Children’s Administration in DSHS such as Child Protective Services’ investigations and Family Assessment Response, licensed foster care, and adoption support. Also included are all DEL services, such as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for preschoolers, Working Connections Child Care, and Home Visiting. Starting in July 2019, DCYF also will administer programs offered by the Juvenile Rehabilitation division and the Office of Juvenile Justice in DSHS. Those programs include juvenile rehabilitation institutions, community facilities and parole services. Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1661 on July 6, 2017, creating DCYF. The new agency restructures how the state serves at-risk children and youth, with the goal of producing better outcomes in all Washington communities. Its creation follows the suggestions of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families convened by the governor in February 2016 to recommend a state system that focuses more clearly on preventing harm to children and youth.

Contact name
Phillip White
(360) 870-5222

Job description

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.
We're looking for Financial Service Specialists to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." 
The Opportunity:
Working under the general guidance from the Federal Funding Program Coordinator, you will determine eligibility for federally reimbursable funds through Title IV-E for children placed in foster care within an assigned geographic area of the state.  In addition, you will ensure funding for foster care is appropriated from the correct funding source.
Some of what you'll be doing:

  • Review court documents to determine whether children placed in foster care remain eligible for Title IV-E federal funding.

  • Interprets policies and rules governing eligibility for Title IV-E Federal Funding reimbursements.

  • Accesses and utilizes state and federal computer database systems to gather additional eligibility information (e.g. FamLink, ACES, SEMS, Barcode, eJAS, WCAP, DOH, TALX, ICMS, Bendex, etc.).Train newly hired or inexperienced staff.

  • Update database systems to ensure foster care payments are made from the correct funding sources.

  • Reviews foster care payments to be sure they originate from the correct funding source, whether state or federal.

What we are looking for:

  • One (1) year of experience as a Financial Service Specialist 3 OR three (3) years of progressively responsible work with a publicly administered needs based benefit program.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • Six (6) months of experience determining eligibility for Title IV-E federal funding.

  • Knowledge of philosophy of public welfare, as well as, State and Federal welfare laws and regulations.

  • Ability to determine eligibility for needs-based public welfare programs.

  • Knowledge of the Federal guidelines that existed in July 1996 for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) entitlement program or similar program.

How do I apply? 
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position

  • Current resume detailing experience and education

Supplemental Information:
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal 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 position.

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388

Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
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