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The Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration (DDSSA) Hearing Officer is responsible for conducting due process administrative hearings and making final state determinations

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Special Job Requirements:

Extensive in-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Conducts administrative hearings with claimants and their representatives, both non-attorney and attorney, providing due process according to SSA regulations and procedural guidelines. Obtains testimony from claimants and representatives, in accordance with Social Security disability rules and regulation and agency policy, accepting new evidence, and attempting to resolve conflicts in evidence and testimony. Reviews and analyzes complex medical files and writes complex independent decisions citing federal rules and regulations to support the accuracy of decisions. 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 medical terminology, procedures, anatomy, and disease processes. Ability to coordinate and oversee the work of others. 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 five years of experience in social security disability adjudication determination, including two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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