Board Openings

Below are the current openings on the DCYF Oversight Board.

The Board encourages interested individuals from around the state to apply for and of the openings listed below.

If interested please apply below. Under the application for the board or commission form you will find the DCYF Oversight Board listed as "Children, Youth and Families Oversight Board, Department of" Please specify one of the positions in your application. 

For more information about the Board please visit here, or contact staff with any questions at nickolaus.colgan@gov.wa.gov.

Current or former foster youth under 25

Description: The Board has an open position for an individual under the age of 25 with current or former experience in the  foster care system.

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Current or previous experience with the juvenile justice system under 25

Description: The Board has an open position for an individual under the age of 25 with current or former experience with a county juvenile justice system or with the Washington State’s juvenile rehabilitation program previously administered by DSHS, but currently administered by DCYF.

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Law enforcement representative

Description: The Board has an open position for a law enforcement officer familiar with child and family services or working with juveniles and the juvenile justice system, or an individual that is a representative of a law enforcement group or association.

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Judicial representative over child welfare proceedings or other children's matters

Description: The Board has an open position for a judicial officer who has current or previous experience residing over child welfare or juvenile justice proceedings.

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Board Member Expectations

The Oversight Board meets monthly for approximately 10 meetings a year with the potential for additional events. Meetings are held at locations across the state. Board members are expected to attend as many Board meetings as possible, to be well prepared for meetings by reading all provided materials ahead of time, and to attend meetings ready to actively participate. Each Board member is expected to bring his/her/their own expertise and experience to his/her/their specific Board role in order to contribute towards ensuring the success of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

A Board member is expected to engage with Board staff to address any questions, concerns or suggestions related to Board business. The Oversight Board provides meals during meetings when appropriate and also provides travel reimbursements for mileage, flight and hotel stays when needed to attend meetings.

The Board maintains a collective agreement to adhere to the shared values of the Board. Further information on membership expectations and overall Board operations, please see the Board bylaws.