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These employment opportunities are with Aging and People with Disabilities, Disability Determination Services, which is part of the Department of Human Services. There are upto three permanent full-time openings located in Salem (Lancaster Dr NE). These positions are represented by a union.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall these positions may be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to independently evaluate and approve or deny initial applications for disability filed under the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs. Conduct reviews of contested initial denial or unfavorable onset decisions issued by other analysts and affirm or overturn the decisions based on an independent review of the record (reconsideration claims). Conduct independent review of claim records from previously allowed claimants for continuing entitlement to benefits under Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Programs (Continuing Disability Review claims). Identify Oregonians with disabilities and help disabled Oregonians maintain an acceptable quality of life, self-esteem and independence. Reviews evidence and renders initial determination of eligibility (allow or deny) for disability in accordance with Social Security Administration (SSA) law, court orders, rulings, and regulations. Determines the type of documentation necessary to support a decision and whether a finding of temporary presumptive disability is warranted. Reads and analyzes medical evidence, compares objective medical findings from differing medical sources, applies judgment to ascertain the existence, nature, and severity of the impairment or impairments. Develops the claim by contacting pertinent medical and vocational sources in writing or by telephone. Contacts claimant by telephone to clarify information in the claim. Contacts claimant's relatives or other sources for third party information on how claimant's alleged disability impacts the activities of daily living. All claimant and third party contacts are documented in writing in the claim file. Questions treating physicians, both over the telephone and in writing, to resolve discrepancies between the physician's medical opinion and the physician's reported objective medical findings. Identifies physical or mental limitations imposed by an impairment or combination of impairments. Applies judgment in preparing residual functional capacity (RFC) statements for all types of adult physical and mental impairments. Applies judgment in preparing Individual Functional Assessments (IFA) statements for all types of physical and mental impairment cases involving children. Gives appropriate weight to treating physician opinion either accepting or rejecting that opinion while considering objective clinical findings. Cites specific clinical and laboratory findings, symptoms, observations, lay evidence, and reports of daily activities. Describes how the evidence substantiates the Disability Analyst's conclusions. Considers and responds to any alleged limitations imposed by symptoms such as pain or fatigue. Recognizes when objective findings meet or equal criteria defined in the SSA Listing of Impairments. Considers the effects of vocational and lay evidence on the ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. Applies technical judgment to complex medical, non-medical, and vocational factors to determine whether the claimant can return to past work or perform other work that exists in the national economy. Using a legal framework establishes pertinent findings of fact and uses those to rationalize and explain disability decisions. Issues a formal determination of eligibility based on Social Security Administration (SSA) law, court orders, rules, and regulations. Issues personalized determination notices. Reviews evidence on disputed reconsideration decisions prepared by other Disability Analysts. On reconsideration, conducts review of evidence from initial decision to determine what additional evidence is required to support or overturn that decision. Applying the same case processing techniques used in developing initial claims, completes a de novo review and issues a new disability determination. Applies SSA law, court orders, rulings, regulations, and reasoning to objectively and fairly reconsider the complex information in rendering a new determination for disability. Each case is decided on it’s own merits and must be legally sound. Reviews evidence and renders determination for ongoing benefits on Continuing Disability Review claims. Determines basis of prior claim allowance in order to assess current evidentiary requirements to establish a new decision of continuance or cessation of benefits. May conduct specialized review of court ordered cases in order to render a new determination of eligibility for disability under SSA rules and regulations. Reviews incoming medical, vocational, and lay evidence for completeness. When necessary, decides what type of medical examination to purchase to further document the claim and authorizes such purchase. Manages an assigned budget for purchase of independent medical examinations and laboratory testing. Authorizes the purchase of and coordinates workshop evaluations with claimant, workshop resources and appropriate third parties. Is actively involved in receiving formalized training regarding program policy or technical issues. With supervisory oversight is involved in self-study including study of Program Operations Manual System (POMS) to be familiar with policy, impairment standards, and all instructions contained therein. Develop and/or provide technical training on program policies and procedures to individuals and groups internally and to claimants and other external groups. Studies medical publications and textbooks and engages in discussions with agency medical consultants about current information regarding diseases and injuries and their effect on individuals who apply for disability benefits. Studies vocational publications to stay informed on physical requirements of various occupations and attends appropriate vocational training offered by the agency, SSA, or other sources. Participates in other training or developmental opportunities as directed by supervisor and may be asked to act as back-up supervisor during his/her absence, exclusive of personnel actions. Helps train/mentor other analysts in areas of special expertise. Participates in planning and completion of special in-house studies or work projects under the direction of the immediate supervisor. Participates in public relations activities with SSA District Offices, Department of Human Services offices, mental health clinics, or members of the general public as requested. Ongoing regular and consistent attendance is essential to meet the demands of this job and provide necessary services. Responsible for safeguarding personally identifiable information for all claimants. WORKING CONDITIONS Constant exposure to high volume workload demanding a high level of accuracy with short deadlines affecting a vulnerable client population in need of monetary and medical assistance. Daily contact with challenging (sometimes mentally disturbed) claimants and situations. Work is performed in an office environment where frequent changes are made in policy and procedures. This environment requires constant use of a personal computer with ongoing changes to applications that affect the way work is done. Daily use of personal computer and associated local and network environments. Travel may be required for occasional field trips and training conferences. Depending on program workload, some overtime may be necessary.
Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Your application materials, including your answers to the 'Supplemental Questions' will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and how you meet the desired attributes for the position to which you have applied. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in your application. The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position as a Disability Analyst 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 1 ($3132.00 - $4562.00) to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 2. Under fill training will not exceed two (2) years.
DISABILITY ANALYST 2:
Three years of experience evaluating applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income program benefits; AND
A Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation or a closely related field
Three years of responsible pertinent experience which provided a knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, physical and mental impairments, how the impairments affect work performance and the treatment, prognosis and duration for physical and mental impairments (e.g., Military Corpsman, Nurse, Psychiatric Aide, Medical Assistant, Bodily Injury Claims Adjudication, Industrial Therapist, etc.).
Background must have provided knowledge of modern office methods, practices and procedures and skill in using computer equipment.
DISABILITY ANALYST 1:
A Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation or a closely related field OR
Three years of responsible pertinent experience that provided a knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, physical and mental impairments, how the impairments affect work performance and the treatment prognosis and duration for mental and physical impairments (e.g., Military Corpsman, Nurse, Psychiatric Aide, Medical Assistant, Bodily Injury Claims Adjudication, Industrial Therapist, etc) OR
An equivalent combination of experience and education that would typically lead to the required knowledge and skills.
Experience adjudicating Social Security Disability Claims following Social Security regulations in a Disability Determination Services.
Only the candidates whose experience most closely match the qualifications and desired attributes of this position will be invited to an interview.
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