Disability Determination Specialist IV

Recruitment #210412-K11D-I02


Location:    Disability Determination Services – OKC  

Essential Functions:
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
Reviews and analyzes evidence of illness, injury, disease or other medical conditions and vocational factors, which prevent an individual from working or gaining employment, and prepares a determination to approve or deny disability benefits.  Prepares a detailed written analysis explaining the facts of the case and the basis for the decision and provides written notice to the claimant and the Social Security Administration. Maintains a complex and diverse caseload of Social Security Disability claims and claims for Supplemental Security Income at various stages of development, and exercises judgment to insure resolution of all issues. Protects and safeguards confidential and sensitive personal, medical, and vocational information in accordance with federal and state mandates. Completes case reviews on a variety of difficult or complex disability cases, at different stages of development, in order to assure compliance with internal office procedures, Social Security laws and regulations and legal statutes. Determines the medical and vocational information needed to substantiate the claim, analyzes medical, vocational, educational, and other collateral information received and integrates those findings with Social Security regulations concerning disability and with facts of that particular claim. Determines the need for additional medical tests, evaluations, or consultative examinations in the fields of medicine, psychology, psychiatry, or other specialties and arranges for expenditure of funds for medical evidence. Prepares a written residual functional capacity assessment based on the severity of the medical condition and the nature of the impairment. Consults with internal and external professionals, or contract providers, including physicians, psychologists, and vocational experts to address highly complex issues. Interviews or corresponds with claimants, family members, legal representatives, employers, community resources and others as needed to obtain additional information or collateral evidence concerning an individual’s functional abilities.

Probation period (or Trial period if applicable) is required.


ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line External Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/ok/). 

Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line Internal Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/OK/promo.asp).

For questions regarding specific duties or details of this job, please contact Human Resources at HR@okdrs.gov 

For inquiries on the application process or general application inquiries, please contact Applicant Services at (405) 521-2177.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Positions in this job family perform complex professional level work, interpreting and implementing provisions of the Federal Social Security Act to determine eligibility for disability benefits for applicants throughout the state of Oklahoma.  Incumbents obtain, evaluate and analyze all pertinent information to prepare a legally defensible disability determination to approve or deny benefits.


This job family consists of four levels of work which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the level of expertise required for the completion of duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for assisting, training and supervising others.

Level IV:
This is the advanced level where employees are subject matter experts with responsibility for providing authoritative advice and expert consultative services related to Disability policy.  Incumbents must be able to effectively communicate program knowledge of a complex, broad and diversified nature to contacts both internal and external to SSA and make recommendations for program improvements.    Duties may include direct supervision of staff and assisting in the supervision of a designated unit or team.  Incumbents develop and present initial and ongoing training to staff; perform quality assurance functions in insuring the timeliness and accuracy of staff decisions and actions; function as vocational experts at all levels of disability claims; develop and implement recruitment and monitoring for independent medical providers and resolve complaints regarding services provided by consultative medical providers.


Level IV:  
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor's degree and four years of professional level experience in adjudicating disability determinations for the Social Security Administration in a designated state agency; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of professional or technical disability determination experience in the adjudication of Social Security disability claims in a designated state agency for each year of the required education.
NOTE:  No substitution will be allowed for the professional or technical experience in adjudicating disability determinations for the Social Security Administration in a designated state agency.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.