Children's Services - Assistant Director

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #508
Friday, October 6, 2023
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Close:                Open Until Filled

Job Title:          Assistant Director                                      
Department:      Children’s services

Reports To:       Children Services Director                         
Hours:               Ft – 40Hrs/Wk

Salary:             Per Salary Matrix + Benefits* 

*Salaries are market competitive. For accurate salary information, call (253) 573-7863 or email The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave

Position Summary:
Works with the Children’s Services Director to ensure proper supervision of Children’s Services staff and tasks.  Directly Child Welfare Services (CWS), Family Voluntary Services (FVS) units, Independent Living Skills (ILS), CPA, and Case Aids. Supports the Department’s philosophy of balancing the need to make decisions that are in the best interests of Tribal children with facilitating reunification efforts for Tribal families.  Promote staff in providing active efforts for children to safely remain in home and provide ongoing active efforts towards reunification.  
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Works closely with Director to perform research to develop and implement department goals, policies, and procedures.  Supports the Tribe’s efforts to keep Tribal children within the Tribal Court system.
  2. Must be knowledgeable of, and able to accurately interpret, the Tribe’s Child Family & Protection Code in order to supervise and direct staff.
  3. Acts as Director in Children Services Director’s absence.
  4. Represents department at meetings as requested.
  5. Actively participates in management team and develops program enhancements and policies and procedures with the Director.
  6. In conjunction with the Children Services Director, coordinates and implements in-service training for PTCS Staff and other Tribal Programs.
  7. Works in collaboration with the CRCAC on Child Review Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).
  8. Works closely with Children’s Services Director and staff in addressing client complaints and helps to positively resolve problems as they arise.
  9. Works closely with the Children Services Director to recognize employee contributions and counsel employees in a positive manner as needed.
  10. Reviews court reports and edits for CWS case workers, and is the primary as back-up in presenting cases in Tribal Court and prepares legal documentation as needed.
  11. Occasionally acts as back-up for other departmental staff in their absence.
  12. Reviews all Case Plans for reunification with parent(s). Works closely with the Children Services Director to coordinate safety planning, Family Team Decision Making, Shared planning meetings or filing of dependency. Responsible for the day to day supervision of line workers.  
  13. Assists in gathering statistics and prepares reports as needed.
  14. Collaborates with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) to coordinate Forensic Interviews’ and participate in the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) as needed, when the Intake Supervisor is unavailable.
  15. Performs other duties as needed and/or assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises FVS, CWS, CPA, Case Aides and ILS employees.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians personnel policies and procedures, and all applicable laws.

Responsibilities include interviewing, assisting in hiring employees, coaching and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing and counseling employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • MSW from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in casework required.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience working with children and families where abuse, neglect and violence are identified is required.
  • Must demonstrate experience supervising/training, FVS, ILS, Case Aides and CWS staff.
  • Must demonstrate experience supervising/training/providing oversight of a Child Protective Agency (CPA).
  • Direct experience interviewing of child victims of abuse is required.
  • Experience managing projects required. 
  • Intermediate computer skills in Word, Access and Excel are required.
  • Strong written and verbal skills are required.
  • Documentation of specialized training in child development or clinical interviewing is preferred.



Must demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Must demonstrate thorough understanding of family preservation and reunification efforts;
  • Must demonstrate a thorough understanding of child protection and safeguarding issues, prevention and early intervention services;
  • Must demonstrate effective communication skills; excellent verbal and written skills;
  • Must demonstrate ability to work cooperatively and maintain productive relationships;
  • Ability to listen respectfully and to be creative and flexible;
  • Must be sensitive to Child Abuse issues, families, and culture;
  • Must demonstrate ability to remain impartial;
  • Must have ability to be culturally sensitive in a diverse society;
  • Must demonstrate strong customer service skills;
  • Must have ability to remain calm in tense situations;
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality at all times;
  • Must demonstrate problem resolution skills;
  • Knowledge of budget management preferred.
  • Must demonstrate ability to be a self-starter who is able to turn thought into actions and does not need to be prompted to complete a task or assignment on time.
  • Must demonstrate strong critical thinking skills in order to make sound decisions.


Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. 
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. 
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates

  • Specific certification on forensic within 12 months of accepting position.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance.  Driver’s license must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee from driving a GSA vehicle.
  • Must pass DSHS background check prior to and periodically throughout employment.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.
  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  3. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to grip, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  5. The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.
  6. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  7. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  8. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  2. Work is performed in an office setting.
  3. Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation.


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law



H o w   T o   A p p l y:

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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

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