Human Services Specialist I - HCS

Snohomish County Human Services   Everett, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on July 22, 2022
Apply Now

Human Services Specialist I - HCS

Salary $57,887.28 - $70,345.68 Annually

Location Everett, WA

Job Type Full-Time

Department Human Services
Job Number 2022-00492
Division Human Services Housing & Community Services
Closing Continuous

Join our Human Services Team!

We have one full-time position in our Housing and Community Services Division.

Human Services Department mission is to help all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential by providing timely, effective human services and building community.

The Human Services Department includes 250 diverse, friendly and dedicated employees who benefit from outstanding benefits and competitive wages.  Employees are appreciated and have the opportunity to make a real difference in our community.  Snohomish County is thriving and is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.  We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a life-long career at Snohomish County.


This position is integral to high-performing teams addressing housing and services needs throughout Snohomish County.  There will be ample opportunities to work on a variety of tasks and projects and with different staff managing grants, boards and committees, and providing technical assistance to local providers.

In this position, you will support the Division of Housing & Community Services staff, teams and program through a variety of activities that includes: accurate data entry in government databases; strong knowledge and skills working with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access; excellent verbal and written communication; effective organizing skills; attention to detail and compliance requirements; able to work on projects with others and independently; able to handle a fast-paced environment and deadlines; manage multiple projects/tasks, and flexibility to meeting changing work environment needs.


To assist in the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evalu­ation of human services programs.


Job Duties


  1. Assists in preparation of program plans, goals and objectives, program budgets, and contract documents for human services pro­grams as assigned.
  2. Participates in development and negotiation of contracts and service agreements with program subcontractors; assists in monitoring con­tract compliance and reviews of subcontractor performance in re­lationship to contractual guidelines and established performance standards.
  3. Provides a variety of information and technical assistance to program subcontractor and potential subcontractors as necessary.
  4. Assists in researching and preparing applications to obtain funding for various projects, studies or programs as assigned.
  5. Keeps informed of and provides interpretation of federal, state and local regulations and guidelines relating to assigned pro­gram areas.
  6. Organizes and makes arrangements for public meetings, hearings and forums as necessary; drafts reports, minutes and informa­tional materials.
  7. Assists with coordination of various quality assurance and statistical reports.
  8. Provides a variety of administrative support functions such as drafting correspondence, tracking project processes, data entry, research, etc. 
  1. May serve as liaison between the county and program sub­contractors, other affected agencies and various community groups as required; coordinates program activities with other Human Services divisions and programs and with other agencies and groups as necessary.
  2. May provide staffing for advisory boards and committees as di­rected.
  3. May manage computerized service data and reporting systems.
  4. Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


A Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, one of the social sciences or other field directly related to human ser­vices; PLUS, one (1) year of experience in human services program planning, contract preparation and management, or in a closely re­lated field; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or expe­rience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
When assigned to work in the Home Care Contracts Management Program:
      Must be able to monitor and track contracts and other governmental agreements with outside agencies including preparing, interpreting, billing, invoicing, researching, reviewing and summarizing information.
      Must be able to use spreadsheets and ledgers to review billings and payments.
     Must be able to produce specialized financial reports on contracts to maintain compliance with funding regulations and limits, and help interpret information on financial reports related to reimbursable subcontractor activities.
Must have knowledge of:
  • accounting principles, practices and techniques related to area of assignment; 
  • budgetary principles, practices and procedures;
  • billing and invoicing principles, practices and procedures;
  • the use of computer technology as it relates to standardized reporting concepts;
  • production of specialized financial reports and usage of information; and
  • prevailing wage laws.


Additional Information


Knowledge of:
  • human services programs and resources; research principles and methods;
  • grant writing methods and procedures;
  • data collection techniques and statistical methodology; word processing, spreadsheet and/or data base systems. 
Ability to:
  • assist in the development of human services programs, plans and budgets;
  • read and interpret relevant federal, state and local codes, rules, regulations and guidelines;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers and citizen advisory groups; maintain complete and accurate records;
  • gather and analyze a variety of data relating to program development and operations;
  • operate personal computer data systems. 
This position receives supervision from a division administrator or other programmatic supervisor as assigned. Objectives, priorities and deadlines are established by the supervisor. Employees plan and carry out successive steps and resolve problems in accordance with instructions, policies and accepted practices.
The work is performed in the usual office environment with trips to locations throughout the county to attend community meetings and coordinate programs. The employee is required to work evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request. 
EEO policy and ADA notice