WMS Band 2 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program Manager (01811)
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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The salary indicated on this announcement does not reflect the 3% salary reduction beginning July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 that is imposed under Senate Bill 5860.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Our Vision is:

Safe, healthy individuals, families and communities

Our Mission is:
The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

Our Values are:
Excellence in Service
Respect
Collaboration and Partnership
Diversity
Accountability

Children's Administration (CA) is currently recruiting for a dynamic and motivated Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program Manager in Olympia, WA

Duties:

This position is located in the Children's Administration Headquarters office within the Finance and Program Evaluation Division and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Unit.

The SSI Unit manages the Statewide SSI / SSA Title II Program which is compromised of a 28 member SSI Team who assists foster children with disabilities to be successfully determined eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration. The SSI Team uses their expertise to balance dual efforts of 1) advocacy and direct contribution to the personal welfare of the foster children with 2) maximizing Federal revenue to reimburse Washington State for the cost of foster care and group care expenses.

This position is unique in that it is only one of three positions statewide.

This position reports to the SSI/SSA Statewide Program Supervisor III and directs the work of the SSI Social Service Specialist. This includes independently training new staff and monitoring the work of all staff to ensure that Children's Administration and Social Security Administration policies and consistent effective practices are used to achieve the goal of maximizing federal funds, to effectively represent foster children at their administrative hearings to appeal a denial of benefits and to oversee and direct the statewide SSI Social Service Specialists. This position requires extensive collaboration with statewide SSI Social Service Specialists, other Children's Administration professionals, schools, foster parents, medical professionals, and others, and results in medical evidence which is used in obtaining an allowance for SSI benefits and to put reasonable accommodations and needed services into place for these children.
Responsibilities include:
Represent foster children with Administrative Law Judges at appeal hearings for SSI benefits nationwide.
Prepare foster children, caregivers, and other witnesses for the hearing process and to testify about the child's limitations.

Gather, interpret, and analyze complex medical and mental health records and testing, school records, and other evidence and compare to Social Security Law on SSI eligibility.
Synthesize all evidence into clear written argument for submission to the judge and any expert medical or vocational consultants.
Use personal and professional judgement to present appeal arguments following hearing protocol.
Communicate results of hearing with SSI Social Service Specialist and others, and forward all evidence for use on behalf of the child.
Support, direct, and train statewide SSI Social Service Specialists and their supervisors.
Maintain a positive and supportive working relationship with a team approach.
Independently provide timely consultation, direction, and training on the following:
The laws, policy and practice of the Children's Administration, as well as the Social Security Administration, Disability Determination Services, and the Trust Fund Unit;
Best and consistent SSI practice, maintaining positive relationships with community partners, and maximizing Federal recoveries;
Case questions, problem resolution, and other topics related to their SSI role.

Review all SSI applications and documents submitted by their region

Qualifications:

Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities Requirements:

A Master's degree in social work, a health field, or a social science AND two years professional experience working with Social Security Administration disability rules and regulations and/or SSI disability adjudication.
OR
A Bachelor’s degree in social work, a health field, or a social science AND four years professional experience working with Social Security Administration disability rules and regulations and/or SSI disability adjudication.

Professional experience as an SSI Social Worker may be substituted year for year for education.

A Juris Doctorate may be substituted for one year of required professional experience.

Preferred/desired education, experience and competencies:

* Social work theory and practice to work effectively with field staff.
* Federal funding regulations, requirements, and procedures.
* Federal and state rules and regulations, as well as Children’s Administration policy and procedures, related to Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
* SSI disability adjudication process.
* Federal program funding streams (Title IV-A, IV B, IV-E, and XIX of the Social Security Act).
* Nature and implementation of HIPAA privacy rules to be implemented when gathering and using individual claimant’s health information.
* Automated systems and data management, including knowledge of the FamLink documentation system and use of the Internet for research and updating knowledge.
* Child welfare statutes, state and national child welfare policies, case law, and agency policies including a solid understanding of Washington State Foster Care program and relevant dependency statutes.
* Cultural diversity issues and policies.
* Other agency’s and administration’s programs that effect child welfare services and funding.

Demonstrated Professional Competencies:
* Community organization and leadership skills including public speaking, community organization, mediation, negotiation and planning.
* Communicate clearly, both in writing and verbally.
* Evaluate, compile, and organize data into persuasive, written summaries of relevant medical (including mental health), academic and non-medical evidence.
* Write briefs in the form of a proposed decision, if requested by the judge.
* Experience presenting information to Administrative Law Judges in formal administrative hearings.
* Experience questioning expert and lay witnesses in formal administrative hearings.
* Strong interviewing skills, illustrated by the ability to obtain relevant information through pre-hearing interviews with a variety of evidentiary sources, including medical professionals, mental health professionals, academic professionals, social workers, foster parents/guardians, and child claimants.
* Comprehend and analyze complex issues and provide prioritized responses.
* Meet deadlines and complete projects in a timely and professional manner.
* Understanding of childhood disabilities and related medical terms and testing, and their relationship with specific SSA qualifying medical listings and qualifying functional equivalents.
* Understanding of psychological and educational tests, and interpretation of data.
* Support effective communications throughout the organization.
* Maintain the highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct.

Supplemental Information:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY:

*Carefully review your application before submitting.*
You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days

This position remains open until filled. The hiring manager has the right to
review application material and make a hiring decision after seven days. The
first review of applications will begin seven days after the opening date of this
posting. Candidate review will be on-going and the hiring authority has the
right to make a hiring decision at any point during the process. It is in the
applicant’s best interest to apply as soon as possible.

Please note that initial screening will be based on the contents and
completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in
NeoGov and the completeness of the application materials submitted. Only
complete applications submitted as outlined below will be considered. A
resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application.

Please attach the following to your on-line application BEFORE you
submit your application to this job posting.

A letter of interest describing how you meet the responsibilities and required
education.

NOTE TO APPLICANT:

This position requires travel as needed. Candidates
must be able to attend interviews in person
Successful completion of a background check is required for employees and
applicants considered for selected positions within DSHS.
Employees/applicants will be required to sign a release authorizing the
background check. Failure to do so shall disqualify the applicant from
employment in these positions. Information obtained from background checks
will not necessarily preclude employment.

Positions requiring bilingual skills, American Sign Language, or Braille are paid
basic salary plus 5%. For bilingual positions, candidates will be tested and
must pass the examination for language proficiency. Please contact DSHS
Language Interpreter Services at (360) 664-6111 if you wish to become
certified.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a
disability who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those
needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960
or toll free (877) 664-1960 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (360)
664-6211.

For questions about this recruitment contact Paula Canfield at canfipj@dshs.wa.gov
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