Administrative Hearing Officer

Recruitment #220510-E31B-02

Introduction

 

This position is located at the Will Rogers Memorial Office Building / OKC.

This position may be filled at the career level or under-filled at the basic level.  See salary levels below.

Job Type/Salary/Location/Benefits
• Full-time
• Vacancies:  One
• Salary:  Career level – $57,928.67 annual; $2,228.03 bi-weekly
 Basic level – $54,770.66 annual; $2,106.56 bi-weekly
• Primary Working Hours:  M-F; 8-5; flexibility allowed with approval
• FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt
• Location:  OKC
• Telework Status:  Telework expected at the end of successful, in person training.
• Training:  In-person initially. Some on-line training for various topics.
• Supervisory:  Not a supervisory position
• Travel:  Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all intermittent, job-related travel normally associated with this position.

The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.

POSITION SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
• Review appeal cases for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims previously adjudicated at a lower level and for other issues as assigned prior to a Tribunal Hearing. Conduct pre-hearing conferences as needed.  Prepare for disposition of pre-hearing motions and subpoena requests.
• Research pertinent statutes, rules and regulations, prepare for, conduct and preside over Appeal’s Tribunal complex administrative Hearings.
• Determine the issue(s) to be resolved in the appeals cases and take evidence in a logical sequence seeking to meet all U.S. Department of Labor standards for quality and timeliness of dispositions.
• Render decisions of ‘Findings of Fact’ and ‘Conclusions of Law’ with sufficient reasoning to explain and support the conclusions reached.
• Analyze new laws, rules, and regulation to determine the impact on the adjudicative process

Position Essential Functions
*Conduct hearings and determines the validity of claims in accordance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, including the Administrative Procedures Act, Unemployment Insurance Act, U.S. Department of Labor standards, and other relevant laws, court decisions, and other established precedents.
*Render decisions that are binding as law affirming or denying previous rulings based on testimony, claim records, applicable provisions of law and established precedents.
*Independently analyze findings of fact in cases under review, establish findings of fact on new evidence presented, and research case law to determine conclusions of law; may remand cases to prior adjudicative level for further evidentiary investigation.
*Question witnesses and rule on objections, motions, and admissibility of evidence; review
documentary evidence and determine elements of a complete case record; afford due process to each party.
*Independently research laws, regulations, policies and precedent decisions to prepare for appeal hearings.
*Ensure that the subpoenas are issued for the scheduled hearing; counsel parties; and administer oath to prepare for formal hearings.
*Schedule or direct the scheduling of the docket of cases to be heard and notify all parties concerned.
*Prepare final decision or direct the preparation of transcripts; keep records on all cases and transmit the transcripts of selected cases to appropriate parties.
*Participate in required Division training regimen.
*Follow required OESC and Appeals Division safety / security protocols.

These job functions, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills, Competencies and Abilities
Knowledge of - laws, rules, and regulations regarding the specific program assigned; procedures used in administrative hearings; due process and the rules of evidence; decision and report writing; and maintenance of complex records. Skill and Competencies – excellent verbal and written communication skills expressing ideas clearly and concisely. Ability to - determine complex issues and make independent decisions; interpret liability, eligibility, and qualification requirements for benefits; organize data and prepare written legal decisions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; analyze, interpret and apply various laws, rules, and regulations concerning the specific programs assigned; conduct several projects simultaneously; handle confidential work; follow oral and written instructions.

Physical Demands/Work Environment
Work is typically performed in the office setting with climate-controlled settings and exposure to noise levels determined by the office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms requiring periods of sitting or standing and daily use of computer and phone. It also requires the occasional use of the office machinery in accordance with safety and security protocols.

An EEO Employer

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Career level – Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in a professional position involving adjudicative or legal work as a primary duty, claims eligibility determination, or personnel administration PLUS one year of experience in adjudicative or legal work; or a juris doctorate degree PLUS one year of experience in adjudicative or legal work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Basic level – Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in a professional position involving adjudicative or legal work as a primary duty, claims eligibility determination, or personnel administration; or a juris doctorate degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Skills/Requirements/Preferences
*Computer Skills – Employee must be capable of proficiently using OESC’s standard software (Microsoft Office - Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and Teams), and the Internet, as well as proficiency to learn other software as needed.
*Employee must be capable of lifting, carrying and moving objects of up to 25 pounds.