Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

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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

Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015

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    Caregiver Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

    Interview Details

    I first meet my new client. I introduced myself and the client introduced himself as well. We were getting acquainted to learn more about each other. The client discuss about what needs to be done each week, what hours the client wants me to work, showing me what needs to pay attention to, talk about sick days, what emergencies I need to know, jotting down notes as I learn more about the client. I offered to talk about healthy eating that the client has some health problems and i offer to find healthy foods that will work for him. As we got better at understanding each other, the client is very satisfied to have me as a caregiver in their home. They will call their case manager that they approved me and will sign a paper that I agree to take care of the client before I start working for the client. That is how the interview process is like.

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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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