Geographic region: Pacific Northwest
Locations: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, and Portland, OR
Application Deadline: April 17, 2018 to May 1, 2018
Start Date: Summer 2018
Term: 4 year temporary not to exceed, may become permanent.
Position Description and Duties:
The position is for an Attorney-Advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Hearings Operations. The issues largely relate to disability determinations in applications for Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income.
An Attorney-Advisor drafts grammatically and technically correct, persuasive, legally sufficient decisions on behalf of Administrative Law Judges which are supported by the evidence and addresses all medical and legal aspects of the case. An Attorney-Advisor ensures the decisions are appropriate for issuance to claimants and representatives and are consistent with the agency rules and regulations. An Attorney-Advisor reviews and analyzes remanded decisions to ensure Court and/or Agency instructions are followed. As appropriate, an Attorney-Advisor makes recommendations to the Administrative Law Judges to ensure an accurate, legally sufficient decision is issued.
- Exceptional legal writing skills, including great attention to detail.
- Ability to produce high quality work product within designated time constraints.
- Ability to review and analyze voluminous medical records efficiently.
The Attorney-Advisor position is subject to the Government General Schedule pay scale. The Attorney-Advisor position is categorized as a GS 9/11/12 position. Salary will be determined based on experience as adjusted for the locality. See also: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/
Submit a cover letter, proof of bar membership and good standing, resume, references, and writing sample of no more than seven pages in length. In addition, you may be required to take a timed writing test. Please indicate for which office you wish to be considered. Submissions are to be sent to Regional Attorney Eileen Otti at Eileen.Otti@ssa.gov. No phone calls, please.