This vacancy is located within Baton Rouge, La.
This position is located in theBaton Rouge Office of Disability Determinations Services.
Thispositionis responsible for preparing training presentations, conducting classroom and individual training for staff and conducting trainingfor staff regardingpolicy changeswithin the Disability Determinations Services office.
This position is open to current permanent Department of Children and Family Services employees ONLY. Also, it may be filled as a detail and promoted within 12 months.
Individuals selected for positions with theDisability Determination Services (DDS)will go through a complete federal background investigation. A suitability determination by the Social Security Administration is necessary to determine whether an employee can be issued credentials in order to have access to Social Security disability data, records, and systems.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Youmustinclude all relevant education and experience on your official State application.
Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application. The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.
DCFS is an "Equal Opportunity Employer" and Louisiana is a "State as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities
For further information about this vacancy contact:
DCFS/Disability Determinations Services
5825 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
A baccalaureate degree plus three years of professional social services experience.
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Graduate training with eighteen semester hours in one or any combination of the following fields will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience: counseling, social work, psychology, economics, business, public administration, or health administration.
A master's degree in the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A Juris Doctorate will substitute for one year of the required experience.
Graduate training with less than a Ph.D. will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in the above fields will substitute for all of the required experience.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
FUNCTION OF WORK:
To provide quality assurance, training or hearing officer functions for Disability Determinations Services.
LEVEL OF WORK:
Broad from a Disability Determinations Supervisor or equivalent level position. May receive supervision from higher-level personnel.
May exercise functional supervision over lower-level disability determinations examiners.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Children and Family Services, Social Security Disability Determinations Division. Other locations may be approved by SCS.
Differs from Disability Determinations Examiner 4 by presence of performing quality assurance duties, formal classroom training duties, or by the presence of the full range of hearing officer duties.
Differs from the Disability Determinations Supervisor by the absence of direct supervisory responsibility.
Examples of Work
EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.
QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTION:
Reviews a random sampling of cases for completion and accuracy to ensure that quality and program integrity are maintained. This requires expertise in adjudicating all types of cases and a strong understanding of SSA policy and procedures.
Provides feedback to the examiner, specialist and/or supervisor. Performs reviews of certain high risk cases or special studies as determined by administration. Assists the supervisor with analysis of Federal Quality Returns and prepares rebuttals.
Analyzes available federal performance data and makes comparisons to local office performance to provide recommendations for improvement to share with staff through meetings or training.
Conducts ongoing programmatic reviews to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
Develops/modifies training manuals and handout material.
Trains staff on SSA policy changes and medical listing changes and other in-service training as needed.
HEARINGS OFFICER FUNCTION:
Performs as an adjudicator in the review of Continuing Disability Review cessations to ensure the Medical Improvements Review Standard was applied appropriately and the cessation of benefits was the correct decision. Conducts face-to-face or telephone hearings.
Resolves conflicts and inconsistencies in the evidence. Considers lay evidence, if applicable, such as claimant's appearance and testimony, and witness testimony. Weighs and considers all medical opinions and determines weight given to each opinion. Considers and weighs medical and psychological findings regarding the nature and severity of an individual's impairment.
Writes decision explaining the facts and conclusions for every case in which a hearing was conducted, showing in detail what evidence was considered, how it was weighted and the basis for the finding rendered.
Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity to "make a difference" through public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career.As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits and have access to a great professional development program.
Flexible Working Arrangements ? The flexibility of our system allows agencies to implement flexible working arrangements through the use of alternative work schedules, telecommuting and other flexibilities.These arrangements vary between hiring agencies.
Professional Development - The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is the state-funded training program for state employees. Through CPTP, agencies are offered management development and supervisory training, and general application classes on topics as diverse as writing skills and computer software usage.
Insurance Coverage ? Employees can choose one of several health insurance programs ranging from an HMO to the State's own Group Benefits Insurance program.The State of Louisiana pays a portion of the cost for group health and life insurance.Dental and vision coverage are also available. More information can be found at www.groupbenefits.org.
Deferred Compensation ? As a supplemental retirement savings plan for employees, the State offers a Deferred Compensation Plan for tax deferred savings.
Holidays and Leave ? State employees receive the following paid holidays each year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mardi Gras, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor. State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use.Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.
Retirement ? State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to): Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (www.lasersonline.org), Teacher's Retirement System of Louisiana (www.trsl.org), Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System (www.lsers.net), among others. LASERS has provided thisvideo to give you more detailed information about their system.