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The Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration (DDSSA) Hearing Officer Coordinator is responsible for planning and directing the hearing program for the agency.

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Typical Functions:

Supervises a professional and administrative support staff by: interviewing applicants, making hire or termination recommendations, training, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluation the performance of incumbents. Monitors and evaluates hearing process by reviewing cases and decisions to ensure that decisions are well reasoned, that evidence supports decisions, and that proper Social Security disability rules, regulations, and processes are followed and cited. Reviews and analyzes cases returned by federal reviews to determine accuracy of decisions and prepares a written report to explain actions. Coordinates the distribution of new laws, policies, or rulings to hearings staff and provides interpretations of new precedents. Conducts claims hearings with claimants and representatives, in accordance with Social Security disability regulations and agency policy, by taking testimony from claimant and witnesses, accepting new evidence, and attempting to resolve conflicting evidence and testimony. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of Social Security disability rules, regulations, advisory rulings, and court precedents. Knowledge of decisional writing techniques. Knowledge of medial terminology, procedures, anatomy, and disease processes. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to apply Social Security disability rules and regulations to complex claims. Ability to review and analyze medical evidence/records and understand information pertinent to Social Security disability rules and regulations. Ability to learn medical terminology, procedures, anatomy, and disease processes. Ability to analyze medical reports according to criteria and make appropriate determinations.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or a related field; plus four years of experience in Social Security disability adjudication, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

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