Paralegal Specialist (Case Manager)
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Permanent SSA employees in Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC/Falls Church, VA Headquarters [including Alexandria, VA (Ford Avenue) and Arlington (Crystal City), VA], Office of Central Operations (OCO) Baltimore, MD/Wilkes-Barre Data Operations Center (WBDOC), and Philadelphia Region III and employees filing under the SSA-4100 provision.
The SSA-4100 provision applies to employees whose permanent or temporary duty station is outside of the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC/Falls Church, VA Headquarters [including Alexandria, VA (Ford Avenue) and Arlington (Crystal City), VA], Office of Central Operations (OCO) Baltimore, MD/Wilkes-Barre Data Operations Center (WBDOC), and Philadelphia Region III.
Employees who currently have an Availability for Assignment form (SSA-4100) on file will not be automatically considered for this position. Employees applying under the 4100 process must complete the electronic filing procedures listed in the How to Apply section.
Applications for noncompetitive consideration will be accepted from SSA employees in the area of consideration who are currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; Veterans Recruitment Appointments and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Applicants serving under these provisions do not need to submit copies of your disability or Veteran's documentation. However, you must submit a current SF-50 that provides information on the appointment authority under which you were hired. Otherwise, you will not receive non-competitive consideration.
NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.
LOCATION: This position is located in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Office of the Administrative Law Judge,Office of the Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge for National Workload Assistance, National Hearing Center, Alexandria, VA.
TOUR OF DUTY: Flextime | Full-time | Alternate work schedules may be available.
TYPE OF POSITION: Permanent
- Not Required
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-7 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes the review and analysis of cases to determine if the ALJ should dismiss the request for hearing, hold a hearing or make a decision based on the record, perform reviews and examination of claim files to reach timely and correct conclusions and to draft fully favorable decisions and dismissal orders.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-7.
Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
For GS-9: Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or successful completion of at least two academic years of progressively higher graduate education in a field that is directly related to the position, or LL.B. or J.D. in a field that is directly related to the position.
Combining Education and Experience: Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Experience and education will be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined.
For GS-9: Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grade GS-9.
Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.
Applicants will be rated using a 100-point scale and evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Experience Assessment: 50 points
- Performance Appraisal: 35 points
- Awards: 10 points
- Career Achievements: 5 points
- Knowledge of the social security disability claims process
- Skill in office automation techniques and data management
- Skill in written and oral communication
- Ability to organize and manage work assignments
The position description number for this position is 9E5760. A summary of the major duties are listed below. You may also view the full position description on the Agency intranet at the following link: PD Search
This is the full performance level, the incumbent provides program and technical support to Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and Attorney-Advisers in processing requests for hearing before an ALJ for entitlement to social security benefits filed under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended, performing duties in a fully electronic environment providing sufficient and timely video hearings nationwide, while maintaining the security and integrity of personally identifiable information. The incumbent reviews and analyzes cases to determine if the ALJ should dismiss the request for hearing, hold a hearing or make a decision based on the record. Cases assigned to the incumbent remain with the incumbent until final adjudication and release.
- Examines cases to determine whether they meet legal and regulatory requirements.
- Performs master docket functions which entails receiving and reviewing incoming materials, inputting appropriate information into CPMS, ensuring accuracy of data, requesting claim files, reviewing files to determine timeliness of Request for Hearing, transferring cases, and giving status by telephone and/or letter to claimants and their representatives.
- Inputs data to the case development system, working within the electronic file environment, and maintains a follow-up system to ensure the receipt of requested records.
- Tracks assigned cases from entry into the system until final disposition. Uses management information resources to monitor workload. Discusses case movement issues with appropriate ALJ or supervisor if processing times are not met.