Social Security Administration Social Insurance Specialist (Disability Processing Specialist) in Seattle, Washington
This position is located in the Center for Disability and Programs Support, Columbia Center, 701 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington. NOTE: This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis. Additional selections may be made within six months from the closing date of this announcement. This is a career-ladder position leading to the GS-12 grade level.
At the full performance level, the incumbent serves as an authoritative specialist and program expert in the adjudication of Social Security disability and non-disability cases on the disability staff of the Regional Office (RO). Handles the full range of disability determination workload in the Agency, as assigned from field offices, PSCs, Office of Central Operations (OCO) and as mutually agreed from Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) and state Disability Determination Services (DDSs). Acts as the technical resource for questions from DDS, Payment Center Operations (PCO) and field on all disability related issues which include complex cases such as Expedited Reinstatement cases and Special Disability Workload (SDW) cases, in addition to making determinations and processing various aspects of these complex cases.
Conditions of Employment
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In addition to the specialized experience requirement listed below applicants must have experience in making final medical determinations of disability at the initial, reconsideration, and/or continuing disability review level. You must show this experience in your resume. Applicants who do not meet the selective placement factor are ineligible for further consideration. GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-9 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include developing, examining, investigating or authorizing of claims under a program for disability benefits, health insurance, pension plan, income maintenance or related programs. GS-12: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include developing, examining, investigating or authorizing of complex claims under a program for disability benefits, health insurance, pension plan, income maintenance or related programs or experience which provided a broad knowledge of the subject area of the position to be filled. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR Meet and Deal Panel Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a panel interview (after basic eligibility determination) to demonstrate an aptitude for meeting and dealing with the public. Applicants must pass this interview process in order to be found fully qualified for this position and receive further consideration for selection. This interview will cover typical situations, which might be encountered on the job, in person or over the telephone. Candidates must demonstrate qualities such as clarity of speech, ability to listen, ability to establish confidence and put others at ease and the ability to organize and express thoughts clearly. If you do not pass the Meet and Deal panel interview, you will not qualify for the job.
GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or LL.M. in a field that is directly related to the position. GS-12: Substitution of education is not applicable at this grade level. Combining Education and Experience: Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Experience and education will be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for GS-11 positions. Substituting Education
For information on substituting education for experience, visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-cler.asp. Note: If you are selected for the position, you must provide your official college transcripts prior to being appointed.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.