DSHS ESA Public Benefits Specialist
Economic Services Administration (ESA) Community Service Division has an exciting opportunity for a Public Benefits Specialist to join our team in Seattle, WA.
When you work for DSHS CSD, Belltown CSO, your compassion shows at work every day, helping the lives of your fellow Washingtonians. This job can be a gateway to a rewarding career in public service. See why others like you have chosen a career with DSHS:
As a Public Benefits Specialist, you will help people applying for public assistance services through face-to-face interactions and over the phone. Youll determine eligibility for all public assistance programs by conducting interviews, obtaining information from individuals and third parties. You will also process applications received online and process all case actions using the appropriate computer programs. This position will be in an office setting.
King County employees receive 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary and are eligible to receive a free ORCA card for transportation use.
Some of what you will do:
Using internal software, learn to process applications for initial and on-going eligibility determinations for Financial, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Medicaid Assistance programs
- Conduct intensive interviews and independently determine eligibility
- Gather and review data, application and other documents, and verification for each benefit program as it relates to each persons circumstances
- Process all applications and case actions in accordance with Federal and State requirements
- Explain program requirements, application procedures, and verification needs, as well as answer questions regarding benefits or available services to clients
A career in public service can be demanding yet rewarding. Your customers come from diverse backgrounds and speak many languages. There is a lot to learn, and classroom training is a big part of the beginning. Well be with you every step of the way.
We provide formal training both in the classroom and on the job to progressively advance within a 15-month period to a Public Benefits Specialist 3. Those hired will be appointed to the appropriate level based upon their experience and previous training. Advancement is based on completion of this formal training plan.
Were looking for applicants who have the education and/or experience as listed below:
- Four years in a customer service job where the major duties involved public contact or a job providing staff support in financial eligibility determination such as examining/processing loan applications, medical insurance or rehabilitation claims, or unemployment insurance claims
- A bachelor’s degree
- A combination of years of the above experience and education totaling 4 years
- One year of equivalent, out-of-state experience conducting financial eligibility determination for public assistance to include financial, medical and food benefit programs.
- Thrives in a standardized work setting
- Is able to learn and utilize various computer programs
- Is able to communicate effectively with people in diverse or difficult situations, including calming others, working with people who have communication challenges, assisting underserved populations, and discussing confidential and unpleasant options, in person and over the phone
- Can work with complex technical regulations and procedures, and analyze complex situations
- Will refrain from personal bias when determining eligibility
- Is competent to prioritize and perform multiple tasks in a busy office with numerous interruptions
Public Benefits Specialist 1 ($3,974.00 Step G – $4,497.00 Step L)
Public Benefits Specialist 2 ($4,174.00 Step D – $5,088.00 Step L)
Public Benefits Specialist 3 ($4,602.00 Step A – $5,479.00 Step L)
Ready to start a rewarding career? Apply today!
Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions? Email Leah.Brandenburg@dshs.wa.gov and reference job number 08114.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record 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 job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid drivers license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
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