Department: Tribal Child Welfare
Classification: Full-time, salaried

Benefiting Your Future!
• Competitive pay: DOE
• Employee Medical, Dental, Vision premium
• $50,000 Basic Life Insurance, Long Term Disability
• Voluntary Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability
• 401(k) and up to 5% Employer Contribution Match
• Paid Leave: Annual, Sick, 13 Paid Holiday Observances, Jury Duty, Bereavement, Closure


Job Summary:
Responsible for the protection of Native American children and the preservation of their
families; protect the best interests of the child to ensure children reside in an adequate physical
and emotional environment that will protect and promote the health, safety, and development
of the child; provide child welfare services in accordance with traditions, laws and cultural values
of the Suquamish Tribe, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Ensure the protection and preservation of children and their families in accordance with tribal,
    state and federal law before and during a child dependency action.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all records, materials, and communications concerning the
    identity of clients as required by tribal, federal and state law.
  • Maintain an organized and efficient system for client files and paperwork consistent with tribal
    law and departmental procedures.
  • Write reports required for case management and as required by the Court. Attend court
    hearings and testify in court proceedings.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with tribal staff, tribal courts, and law
  • Work with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, CPS, local school district,
    and private agencies as assigned.
  • Provide consultation with chemical dependency or mental health providers.
  • Perform other related duties as deemed necessary or requested by the department supervisor.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Fundamental expressive and receptive communication skills including but not
limited to a proficiency in reading, writing, and verbal discourse; the philosophy of the
interdisciplinary team process and procedures of individual behavior management and skill
Knowledge of community, tribal, county and state resources, and ability to maintain positive
relations with those resources.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to respond calmly to a crisis situation. Resourceful, with strong problem solving skills.
Experience and knowledge in providing crisis intervention.
Ability to maintain strict client confidentiality.

Minimum High School Diploma, or equivalent required.
BA Degree in social Services or related field desired.
Must have some knowledge of Indian Country.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Interpersonal Contacts:
Extensive contact, communication and direct service with Tribal families. Requires coordination
and communication with other Tribal, state and federal programs for the purpose of assessing
services for families and coordinating services through case management. May require assertive
communication on behalf of families.

Job Conditions:
Stressful and demanding due to nature of the family issues with which you work, the
interagency/program communication and coordination, and the level of confidentiality that
must be upheld. Requires creative problem solving under stressful or crisis conditions. Wide
diversity of work situations including working in numerous environments, office, and client
homes. May require travel and transportation of clients.

Federal, State, and Tribal Background check
• Valid WA State Driver’s License
• Pre-Employment drug testing
• Native American Preference
• Random Drug Testing
• Suquamish Tribe Vaccine Requirements

About The Suquamish Tribe

The Suquamish Tribe believes that our employees are one of the most important assets to the success of Tribal Government operations. We have a strong commitment to provide employees with a positive, productive work environment with opportunities for personal satisfaction and growth in a safe, healthy, and harmonious work environment. The Suquamish Tribal Government currently employs staff in the areas of Administration, Human Resources, Community Development, Early Learning, Education, Finance, Fisheries, Human Services, Health Benefits, Indian Child Welfare, Information Systems, Legal, Maintenance, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Tribal Court.