Washington State Department of Social and Health Services


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – Why Work For Us?


Whether it's helping a vulnerable child, making highways safer or restoring salmon habitat, the work that we do matters to the people of Washington.

We take our responsibilities and the public trust very seriously. We are committed to delivering the services that matter most to the people of Washington. If you have the skills, the commitment and the desire to make a difference, then we invite you to explore the career opportunities available with Washington State.

Career choices

State government is one of the largest employers in Washington, and also one of the most diverse. From state trooper to nurse to engineer, the state offers a wide variety of career opportunities.

Flexibility and growth

Our employees have access to a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow–on the job, online, or in the classroom. And as your knowledge and skills increase, so will your options for career growth. In addition, many agencies provide flexible work hours and telecommuting options.


Internships provide students an opportunity to gain work experience and knowledge of state government that could lead to a career in public service.

Valuing differences

As an employer, we are committed to having a workforce that is as diverse as the state we serve. We need employees who can bring diverse perspectives and unique talents to solve the complex problems we face every day.

Fair and equal hiring

Washington State is committed to ensuring current and future employees are treated fairly and equally without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, or religious or political affiliation.

Reasonable accommodation

Reasonable accommodation is provided in all aspects of state employment, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law.

Great places to live

Washington State is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. From the urban core of Seattle to the quiet, tree-lined streets of Walla Walla, you’ll find state employees thriving in every corner of the state.

Economic diversity

Washington’s economy is a diverse blend of technology, aerospace, agriculture, and tourism. Innovation thrives here, whether in a world-class technology firm or a small specialty winery.

Culture and recreation

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Cities and towns across the state boast rich cultural amenities including theater, music, fine food, wine tasting, and more.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Reviews

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    Very Stable Job!

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    Current Employee - Financial Service Specialist in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Service Specialist in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services full-time (more than 5 years)


    This is a very stable job that you can count on!! Fair pay and great benefits. I plan to work here for a long time. Lots of room to promote due to agency size.


    Some of the offices a a little out dated but nothing to bad.

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    I am overall very ahppy with management so I don't have any suggestions.

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Interviews

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    Information Technology Specialist Interview Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lacey, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Lacey, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my application online (via dice or something). After over a month of nothing, I received an email asking if I wanted to interview and on what day/time. I replied with my pick and I received a parking pass and directions to the building in Lacey, WA.

    At the office, I was escorted to a conference room with 3 interviewers. They took turns asking me a combination of technical and other questions. How do you define success? Have you ever used "having" in SQL? The technical questions covered Java and MySQL. All three interviewers had identical papers in front of them and were making fairly obvious comments as I responded to their questions. It made me a little uncomfortable, but it also allowed me to gauge their impressions of my answers.

    After the first set of questions, all but one of the interviewers left, and I was given 30 min to complete a written test. The test covered Java and SQL, and some of the questions were incomplete. One question asked me to write some SQL using to tables of data (on the page), but the tables did not have names. I had to ask what the names were and the interviewer seemed surprised.

    After the 30 minutes, the other interviewers returned, we all shook hands, and I was escorted out.

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    • Given an un-ordered array of integers n, starting at 1 and ending at n, there is one number missing and one number duplicated. Find them.   View Answer
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Additional Info

Website www.dshs.wa.gov
Headquarters Olympia, WA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1889
Type Government
Industry Government

DSHS is an integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives.

Mission: Improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

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