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Social Security Administration Legal Assistant in Tacoma, Washington

Summary This position is located in the Tacoma Hearing Office at 2413 Pacific Ave. Ste 200, Tacoma, WA 98402. NOTE: This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis. One or more positions may be filled under this announcement. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement. This position is at the full performance level of the GS-8 grade level. Responsibilities Once selected for this important position, you will contribute to the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. The Office of Hearings Operations handles appeals that have been filed by people who have been denied Social Security, Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), or Medicare benefits. You will provide support to Administrative Law Judges and other professional employees in processing cases filed under the Social Security Act. Legal Assistants provide quasi legal and technical support to Administrative Law Judges and other technical and professional positions in the processing of entitlement cases pursuant to Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended, at the administrative appeals level. Legal Assistants are responsible for developing and processing requests for hearing cases from their receipt in the office to completion, independently performing a wide range of case development actions, and processes more complex hearing cases where analysis of pertinent issues and interpretation of the provisions of the laws, regulations, rulings, precedents, policies, procedures and guidelines relative to the cases is necessary. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. If you are using experience to qualify, you must have: GS-8: 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service performing all or most of the following tasks: Reviewing and processing a variety of legal and/or medical documentation, records and evidence; Using a computer to prepare correspondence and has experience using word processing software (i.e., Word, Access, Excel) for data input, queries, reports or case tracking; As well as the ability to interpret, apply and explain complex legal provisions, regulations or procedural requirements to a wide range of individuals with varying abilities of comprehension; And a knowledge of legal documents or legal and judicial processes. Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period), you will be credited with 6 months of experience. Education GS-8: Substitution of education is not applicable at this grade level. Additional Information This position is currently NOT virtual or eligible for outstationing. Selectee(s) will be required to report to the Tacoma Hearing Office location in Tacoma, WA. This position may be eligible for telework in accordance with agency and office policy. This vacancy is similarly posted for grade levels 5, 6 and 7 under announcement number SX24-DHA-12417147. 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 This is a bargaining unit position, represented by the AFGE. You may attend the Social Security Administration's Open House via MS Teams on May 29, 2024 at 2:00PM CST/3:00PM EST until 3:00PM CST/4:00PM EST at the following link: MS Teams may be downloaded at: