DCYF Public Benefits Specialist 4 (PBS4) - Kelso, WA

Employer: WA State: Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)

Job Description:
DCYF Public Benefits Specialist 4 (PBS4) - Kelso, WA
Salary: $3,987.00 - $5,229.00 Monthly
Location: nCowlitz County – Kelso, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families
Job Number: 2020-07712
Closing: 1/12/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve, and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.

Do you want to help families and communities safely care for their children? We're looking for a Public Benefits Specialist 4 (PBS4) to provide eligibility determination support services, 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:
This PBS4 establishes appropriate funding sources for maintenance expenditures made on behalf of children in the foster care system and conducts periodic reviews of eligible cases ensuring accuracy of federal funding claims and compliance with Federal and State regulations. This individual will have thorough knowledge of various funding sources, and regularly identify discrepancies, errors, trends, and other data integrity issues. If you enjoy serving as a technical resources person, and want to directly support child welfare, we encourage you to apply today and bring your talents to DCYF.

Some of what you will get to do:
- Determine child eligibility for needs-based federal programs, including the Foster Care Maintenance Program, Adoption Support Program, and Relative Guardianship Assistance Program.
- Determine if households meet financial need and deprivation of parental support requirements for federal reimbursements.
- Establish child and family socioeconomic situations my working with social services specialist, CASA, GAL, and any other public or private sources as needed.
- Determine household income, composition, and other information for child and family needs-based programs.
Identify appropriate judicial determination or voluntary placement agreements and interpret documentation to determine whether the judicial findings met federal requirements.
- Determine other benefits received by families for the child, including SSI, SSA, VA, L&I, and Railroad Retirement dependent benefits.
- Analyze data and create a comprehensive summary of eligibility factors that explain and support eligibility decisions.
- Periodically review eligible cases to ensure all payment eligibility criteria required for federal reimbursement are met.
- Conduct periodic reviews for children every six months to ensure accuracy of federal funding claims, and reconcile payment funding sources.
- Audit ineligible and closed cases periodically to determine if ineligibility decisions can be reversed based on new information.
- Coordinate with SSSI staff to determine application or suspension timelines, and determine plans that incorporate the best interest of the child.

What we are looking for:
- One year as a Public Benefits Specialist 3
- Three years of progressively responsible work in the field of financial services.

- In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:
- Six months of experience determining eligibility for Title IV-E federal funding.
- Knowledge of public welfare philosophy, State and Federal welfare laws and regulations, principles, problems, and practices of public welfare administration.
- Knowledge of individual and group behavior, social behavior, social and economic conditions, and their effects upon individuals.
- Knowledge of office procedures and practices, and leadership skills.
- Ability to determine eligibility for needs-based public welfare programs and gather sufficient documentation to verify all criteria.
- Ability to work cooperatively with staff, clients, and members of the community.
- Ability to direct and assist others in interpreting information and data and make independent decisions.
- Ability to lead and train staff in a team environment, and work in a fast-paced, high stress environment.
- Ability to identify problems and troubleshoot solutions.
- Ability to organize, assess, prioritize, and manage individual caseloads, and read extensive amounts of written case and policy materials.
- Ability to extract pertinent information, complete work in an accurate and timely manner, and meet other prescribed deadlines.

How do I apply?
- Complete your applicant profile and attach the following documents:
- Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
- Current resume detailing experience and education
- 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.

Supplemental Information:
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal history will 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.
- 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.
- 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 dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov 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 support@neogov.com.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:
- Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.
- Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.
- Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
- Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.
- Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.
- Make sure your application reflects your best writing.

Agency: State of Washington
Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Contact Person:
Location: Cowlitz County – Kelso, WA
Application Method: Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2916767/dcyf-public-benefits-specialist-4-pbs4-kelso?department[0]=Dept%20of%20Children%2C%20Youth%2C%20and%20Families&sort=PostingDate%7CDescending&page=4&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Base Pay: $3,987 - $5,229 MO

Posted on January 11, 2021

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