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Disability Analyst 2 (Disability Analyst 1 Underfill Option)
SALEM OR 97309
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Disability Analyst 2 (Disability Analyst 1 Underfill Option)
Disability Analyst 2 (Disability Analyst 1 Underfill Option)



Disability Analyst 2 (Disability Analyst 1 Underfill Option)


$45,132.00 - $66,024.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Human Services-Seniors & People with Disabilities

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5/3/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) mission is the safety, health and independence for all Oregonians. We help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. We protect children who are abused or neglected. We serve seniors and people with disabilities. We help low-income people along the road to self-sufficiency with health coverage, job preparation, childcare and other supports. Our services are delivered in the least restrictive setting and in partnership with communities. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees. DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

DHS employs over 7,500 people, in more than 100 locations around the state, and delivers services through and in coordination with many community partners.

These employment opportunities are with Aging and People with Disabilities, Disability Determination Services, which is part of the Department of Human Services. There are a total of five (5) vacancies located in Salem (3150 Lancaster Dr NE). These positions are represented by a union.

The goal of this recruitment is to fill these positions at a Disability Analyst 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 1 ($3431.00 - $4996.00) to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 2.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to independently evaluate and approve or deny initial applications for disability filed under the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs. Conduct reviews of contested initial denial or unfavorable onset decisions issued by other analysts and affirm or overturn the decisions based on an independent review of the record (reconsideration claims). Conduct independent review of claim records from previously allowed claimants for continuing entitlement to benefits under Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Programs (Continuing Disability Review claims). Identify Oregonians with disabilities and help disabled Oregonians maintain an acceptable quality of life, self-esteem and independence.

This position actively seeks to achieve the DHS core values of integrity, stewardship, responsibility, respect, professionalism, innovation and service equity.

This position actively seeks to provide culturally appropriate services where individuals are treated respectfully, compassionately and effectively in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth of individuals, families and communities, protecting and preserving the dignity of each. This includes culture, language, national origin, class, race, age, ethnic background, disability, state of development, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other difference/diversity factors.


Reviews evidence and renders initial determination of eligibility (allow or deny) for disability in accordance with Social Security Administration (SSA) law, court orders, rulings, and regulations. Determines the type of documentation necessary to support a decision and whether a finding of temporary presumptive disability is warranted. Reads and analyzes medical evidence, compares objective medical findings from differing medical sources, applies judgment to ascertain the existence, nature, and severity of the impairment or impairments. Develops the claim by contacting pertinent medical and vocational sources in writing or by telephone. Contacts claimant by telephone to clarify information in the claim. Contacts claimant's relatives or other sources for third party information on how claimant's alleged disability impacts the activities of daily living. All claimant and third party contacts are documented in writing in the claim file.

Questions treating physicians, both over the telephone and in writing, to resolve discrepancies between the physician's medical opinion and the physician's reported objective medical findings. Gives appropriate weight to treating physician opinion, either accepting or rejecting that opinion while considering objective clinical findings. Cites specific clinical and laboratory findings, symptoms, observations, lay evidence and reports of daily activities. Describes how the evidence substantiates the Disability Analyst's conclusions. Considers and responds to any alleged limitations imposed by symptoms such as pain or fatigue. Recognizes when objective findings meet or equal criteria defined in the SSA Listing of Impairments. Considers the effects of vocational and lay evidence on the ability to engage in substantial gainful activity.

Identifies physical or mental limitations imposed by an impairment or combination of impairments. Applies judgment in preparing residual functional capacity (RFC) statements for all types of adult physical and mental impairments. Applies judgment in preparing Childhood Disability Evaluation forms for physical and mental impairments including the resulting functional impact of those impairments on claims involving children.

Applies technical judgment to complex medical, non-medical, and vocational factors to determine whether the claimant can return to past work or perform other work that exists in the national economy. Using a legal framework establishes pertinent findings of fact and uses those to rationalize and explain disability decisions. Issues a formal determination of eligibility based on Social Security Administration (SSA) law, court orders, rules, and regulations. Issues personalized determination notices.

Reviews evidence on disputed reconsideration decisions prepared by other Disability Analysts. On reconsideration, conducts review of evidence from initial decision to determine what additional evidence is required to support or overturn that decision. Applying the same case processing techniques used in developing initial claims, completes a de novo review and issues a new disability determination. Applies SSA law, court orders, rulings, regulations, and reasoning to objectively and fairly reconsider the complex information in rendering a new determination for disability. Each case is decided on its own merits and must be legally sound.

Reviews evidence and renders determination for ongoing benefits on Continuing Disability Review claims. Determines and reviews the comparison point decision of the prior claim allowance. Obtains and analyzes current medical and functional evidence to perform a comparison review to determine if medical improvement has or has not occurred. Rationalizes the decision of continuation or cessation of benefits. Issues personalized determination notices.

May conduct specialized review of court ordered cases in order to render a new determination of eligibility for disability under SSA rules and regulations.

Reviews incoming medical, vocational, and lay evidence for completeness. When necessary, decides what type of medical examination to purchase to further document the claim and authorizes such purchase. Manages an assigned budget for purchase of independent medical examinations and laboratory testing. Authorizes the purchase of and coordinates workshop evaluations with claimant, workshop resources and appropriate third parties.

Is actively involved in receiving formalized training regarding program policy or technical issues. With supervisory oversight is involved in self-study including study of Program Operations Manual System (POMS) to be familiar with policy, impairment standards, and all instructions contained therein. Develop and/or provide technical training on program policies and procedures to individuals and groups internally and to claimants and other external groups.

Studies medical publications and textbooks and engages in discussions with agency medical consultants about current information regarding diseases and injuries and their effect on individuals who apply for disability benefits.

Studies vocational publications to stay informed on physical requirements of various occupations and attends appropriate vocational training offered by the agency, SSA, or other sources.

Participates in other training or developmental opportunities as directed by supervisor and may be asked to act as back-up supervisor during his/her absence, exclusive of personnel actions. Helps train/mentor other analysts in areas of special expertise. Participates in planning and completion of special in-house studies or work projects under the direction of the immediate supervisor. Participates in public relations activities with SSA District Offices, Department of Human Services offices, mental health clinics, or members of the general public as requested.

Ongoing regular and consistent attendance is essential to meet the demands of this job and provide necessary services.

Responsible for safeguarding personally identifiable information for all claimants.

Responsible for managing a caseload of approximately 50-100 claims, assuring timely actions are taken in order to meet individual and agency goals in claim clearances, processing time and quality.


Constant exposure to high volume workload demanding a high level of accuracy with short deadlines affecting a vulnerable client population in need of monetary and medical assistance. Daily contact with challenging (sometimes mentally disturbed) claimants and situations. Work is performed in an office environment where frequent changes are made in policy and procedures. This environment requires constant use of a personal computer with ongoing changes to applications that affect the way work is done. Daily use of personal computer and associated local and network environments. Travel may be required for occasional field trips and training conferences. Depending on program workload, some overtime may be necessary.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Your application materials, including your answers to the 'Supplemental Questions' will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and how you meet the requested skills for the position to which you have applied. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in your application.

The goal of this recruitment is to fill these positions at a Disability Analyst 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 1 ($3431.00 - $4996.00) to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a Disability Analyst 2.



Three years of experience evaluating applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income program benefits; AND

A Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation or a closely related field


Three years of responsible pertinent experience which provided a knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, physical and mental impairments, how the impairments affect work performance and the treatment, prognosis and duration for physical and mental impairments (e.g., Military Corpsman, Nurse, Psychiatric Aide, Medical Assistant, Bodily Injury Claims Adjudication, Industrial Therapist, etc.).

Background must have provided knowledge of modern office methods, practices and procedures and skill in using computer equipment.


A Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation or a closely related field


Three years of responsible pertinent experience that provided a knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, physical and mental impairments, how the impairments affect work performance and the treatment prognosis and duration for mental and physical impairments (e.g., Military Corpsman, Nurse, Psychiatric Aide, Medical Assistant, Bodily Injury Claims Adjudication, Industrial Therapist, etc)


An equivalent combination of experience and education that would typically lead to the required knowledge and skills.


Experience in the adjudication of claims for Social Security Disability.

Experience managing a caseload or tracking and monitoring time sensitive projects.

Experience preparing and maintaining written narrative documentation of the activities concerning individual client cases.

Experience working in an electronic/paperless environment.

Experience gathering, analyzing and summarizing complex information to write a clear and comprehensive rationale to justify a conclusion.

Individuals selected for positions with the Disability Determination Service (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. A pre-screen will be conducted through SSA DCHR. If the pre-screen is favorable, a job offer can be extended. However, the job offer is still contingent upon a full suitability clearance through DCHR.

Only the candidates whose experience most closely match the qualifications and requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address.

Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support

This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

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Information on Veterans' Preference points

Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Christopher Fisher, Workforce Recruitment Consultant

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900 and ask the Telecommunications Assistant to connect you to 503-945-5698 (8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday-Friday.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.


The Oregon Department of Human Services is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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