(Salem, Ore.) –The Department of Human Services (DHS) this week posted openings for more than 300 jobs related to helping children and families in Oregon. The hiring initiative was driven by Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 19-03, which aims at improving safety and building capacity in Oregon’s Child Welfare System.
“In order to ensure our children are safe, we need more caring and dedicated people on the ground working with families,” said Governor Brown. “Hiring more child welfare workers is one important step to right-sizing the system so that it better serves our most vulnerable children and families. Oregonians with a passion for helping children and families thrive can make an enormous impact through state service at the Department of Human Services.”
Some of the jobs available include:
“These new hires will reduce caseloads, which will help us better address safety issues and provide more support to foster families,” DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said “An influx of new staff also will provide much-needed relief to our current child welfare caseworkers and help reduce turnover.”
The Oregon Legislature approved funding for these new positions during the 2019 legislative session. With the help of the crisis management team that is implementing the Governor’s Executive Order, DHS has addressed bottlenecks in the hiring process and training in order to hire this large number of positions in a timely manner.
Click here for more info.