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Officer

Company: State of Georgia
Location: Thomasville
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up.
Disability Adjudication Services (DAS) makes Social Security disability determinations under an agreement with the Social Security Administration. Provides professional disability adjudication for Social Security Administration disability applicants. Independently makes eligibility determinations on all types of disability claims involving all categories of disabilities; and performs other duties as required. The main DAS office is in Stone Mountain with branch offices located in Athens, Dalton, Thomasville and Savannah.

The position filled through this announcement will be a member of the Claims Processing team and will be based in Thomasville.
P ri n c i p al D ut ies & R es p o n s i b i l it ie s : Under broad supervision, conducts hearings to decide or recommend decisions on claims or appeals concerning government programs or other government-related matters and prepares decisions. The position is a leadership position and is expected to serve as a lead worker in the unit assisting the unit supervisor with mentoring staff.
Specifically, works independently performing one or more of the following responsibilities to assist in the processing of Social Security (Title II) or Supplemental Security Income (Title XVI) disability benefits cases.
Develops and adjudicates all types of cases including complex, problematic, and sensitive case types, including: SDW, QDD, Compassionate Allowance, ODAR Informal Remands, and Shepherd cases, EXRs, Aged Alien, Prehearings, Court Cases, Pre-Released, SSA mandated reviews and aged cases.
Generally, performs complex research and analysis of regulations and policies governing SSDI/SSI disability determinations.
Confers with individuals or organizations involved in cases to obtain relevant information.
Makes decisions regarding SSDI/SSI disability claims.
Determines validity of SSDI/SSI disability claims according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence.
Prepares written opinions and decisions.
Explains the rights of appeal to the involved parties.
Serves as a job expert or liaison in assigned areas.
Performs job responsibilities with minimal supervision.
Serves as a Unit Trainer for the Adjudication Basic Training class

Mi n im um Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a related area from an accredited college or university AND Three years of professional experience in interpreting and applying laws regarding program eligibility OR Two years of experience required at the lower level Adjudicator 2 (LEP011) or position equivalent.

P re f er r e d Qualifications
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications and successful competencies, possess one or more of the items below.

Two (2) years of experience processing Pre-Hearings, Adult and Disabled Child CDRs, and Age 18 Redeterminations within the last 3 years.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, fax machines and scanners.

Working Conditions
Incumbents working in this job perform duties in an office setting. This is a 40-hour workweek requirement. The position may involve managing a high volume workload and demands a high level of accuracy while working with deadlines. Regular attendance is an important part of being successful in this position. Reasonable accommodations can be made available to qualified individuals upon request.

Background Check Information:
As a condition of employment with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, you must successfully complete a mandatory federal and national background check, Pre-employment testing, and additional checks required for your job. In addition, employment with DAS is contingent upon meeting the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Your conditional job offer and access to Social Security Administrations (SSAs) systems, data, information, and/or premises are contingent upon you passing the SSA suitability process if necessary.

Note: This covers the preliminary screening (pre-screen) and the final background adjudication stage of the suitability process.

All candidates interested in employment with The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency does not offer sponsorships for current or future employment visas (e.g., H-B1 employment visa).

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AAP/EEO Statement
GVRA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Reasonable Accommodations:
The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request a reasonable accommodation during any step in the hiring process, please contact our HR Team at ada_request@gvs.ga.gov

Bachelor's degree in a related area from an accredited college or university AND Three years of professional experience in interpreting and applying laws regarding program eligibility OR Two years of experience required at the lower level Adjudicator 2 (LEP011) or position equivalent.

Keywords: State of Georgia, Tallahassee , Officer, Other , Thomasville, Florida

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