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Social Services Director

Job title:
Social Services Director
Health and Human Services
HHS Director
22.55 – 30.10 FLSA Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work
Accepting Applications
Mar 23, 2018, 23:59 PM
Mar 23, 2018, 00:00 AM

The Social Services Director for the Samish Indian Nation is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of all Social Services programs for the Tribe. This position is responsible for carrying out specific requirements related to applicable Federal and State grants and contracts, and completing required data collection.

Based on available funding, Full-time regular status at completion of six month probationary period.


Principle Duties:

  1. Oversees the Social Services Department and works closely with the HHS Director and Controller, to ensure that all programs, services and systems are developed in accordance with approved Samish Tribal Council policies, compliant with relevant federal, state and local laws, and congruent with the Samish Indian Nation's organizational philosophy, mission and values
  2. Supervises Social Services staff, coaches and develops skills in accordance with policies of the Tribe, Indian Child Welfare, and governmental grant regulations; assigns cases, and workloads. Facilitates training of volunteers and staff within the Social Services Department to ensure program compliance with Tribal, State, and Federal policy, rules, and regulations. Delegates responsibilities to program staff as necessary and appropriate to ensure individualized opportunities for staff development and growth
  3. In conjunction with tribal Legal Staff, participate in activities such as court appearances and monitoring active cases in all areas relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act
  4. Develops and monitors the Social Services programs and budgets; oversees the preparation of grant applications and reports to assure adequacy and timeliness. Ensures program compliance with state criteria and federal rules regulating grants
  5. Develop and administer a victim assistance program within the Samish community that (1) provides a coordinated and collaborative multidisciplinary response to support fundamental intervention, crisis services, advocacy, and outreach to individuals who have been hurt and harmed, their families, and the community and (2) provide trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally rooted, traditional, and holistic services to victims of crime, their families, and the community
  6. Coordinate and promote multi-disciplinary community efforts to aid crime victims within the Samish Indian Nation, and with outside agencies and organizations, including state-wide coordination of victim notification systems, crisis response teams, coalitions to support and assist victims
  7. Maintains policies and procedures for all assigned Social Services programs and assists staff with interpreting those policies and procedures
  8. Prepares programmatic, fiscal, and statistical reports and data as requested by HHS Director for grant compliance and/or Tribal Council monitoring



  9. Develop and administer an integrated program of outreach and awareness activities that will inform victims and community members about available services to individuals hurt or harmed by crime and how to access them
  10. Works with other appropriate committees and inter-departmental workgroups and attends tribal council meetings as directed
  11. Represent Samish Indian Nation social service interests in the local DSHS 7.01 process, at the DSHS Regional Tribal Coordinating Council and also at the state level DSHS Indian Policy Advisory Committee
  12. Manages content for the Samish social services website
  13. Performs other duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

  1. Must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Administration, Human Services, Social Work, Psychology or a closely related field. Equivalent years of experience working in a closely related field that involves client services, grants management and budgetary responsibility may be substituted year- for- year for a four-year college degree
  2. A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in social services case management, and crime victim advocacy using integrated services within a tribal setting
  3. Must possess familiarity with multiple community resources and systems, including ICWA, DSHS., etc.
  4. Must have 3 years of supervisory experience
  5. Must be familiar with MS Office and e-file management
  6. Must have excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to provide high- quality customer service
  7. Must possess working knowledge of Native American issues and culture
  8. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and be able to meet the minimum insurance requirements regarding driving record in order to utilize GSA vehicles

Preferred Qualifications

1. A Master's degree in Social Work or related field

Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting (60% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (20% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, paperwork-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy

concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or co-worker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions (using some cleaning chemicals for light cleaning). Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry. Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY: This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members. The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual. Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter. Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring. BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

This position is a "covered position" under the Tribe's Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position. The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.