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Job: Hearing Officer 3(Job Id 37931)

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Job Description

05/16/2018 05/23/2018
PHOENIX 28.32-0.00


Providing Opportunity, Assistance and Care for Arizonans in need!


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Hearing Officer 3

 Disability Determination Services Administration (DDSA)

4000 N. Central AVE., Ste. 1800

Phoenix, Arizona 85012



The Disability Determination Services Administration is seeking a detail oriented and highly motived individual to join our team as a Hearing Officer 3. The position conducts statewide administrative hearings on Social Security Administration Title II and Title XVI medical cessation and adverse re-openings at reconsideration level of appeal.  The position serves as an adjudicator within the DDS and has authority to make medical determinations without approval from a Medical Consultant (physician or psychologist).



-          Conduct statewide administrative hearings on Social Security Administration Title II and Title XVI medical cessation and adverse re-openings at reconsideration level of appeal. Preside over hearing, hear testimony of claimant and witnesses, determine credibility of claimant and witnesses, analyze and appraise facts and other evidence, apply relevant legal principles and precedents, and draw logical conclusions. Prepare decisions.

-          Examine case file to determine jurisdiction and issues involved, order additional evidence if required, establish hearing dates, administer oaths, and rule on requests for additional procedures.  Communicate decisions verbally and provide clear and precise written decisions. Has authority to make medical determinations without approval from a Medical Consultant (physician or psychologist).   

-          Oversee special caseloads with highly complex cases involving monetary payments in the distant past and/or for multiple periods, or reinstatement of benefits.  Make decisions that typically represent substantial monetary awards.

-          Make rulings about postponements, withdrawals, defaults, subpoenas and other pre-hearing requests.


Knowledge of:

Federal laws, regulations, rulings and policies governing the adjudication of adult and childhood disability claims to include Res Judicata, Collateral Estoppel, Administrative Finality, Chavez, Clark and Martinez Acquiescence Rulings; weight of medical source opinions, controlling weight, probative value of evidence, fraud or similar fault, sequential evaluation process; extensive knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology pertaining to both somatic and psychiatric impairments; extensive knowledge of the functional limitations imposed by a wide variety of physical and mental conditions and the effects of pain; numerous types of claims including Disabled Worker, Disabled Widow(er), Disabled Adult Child, Disabled Minor Child, Compassionate Allowance, Quick Disability Determination, Military Casualty, Disabled/Blind Individual/Spouse/Child (SSI); computer operations, outlook, commercial vocational programs, and agency-specific case processing programs.

 Skill in:

Using deductive and logical reasoning. Communicating clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. Legal writing. Exercising diplomacy to control situations through force of personality. Interpreting rulings and laws and communicating in a manner that is comprehensible and appropriate to the audience.

Ability to:

Use sound reasoning, logic, and analysis to write a clear and precise decision. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Listen attentively and gather detailed information. Exercise diplomacy. Control situations with interpersonal skills. Analyze evidence using laws and regulations. Have the ability to conduct hearings using interpersonal skills. Preside over hearing proceedings, control the hearing process. Apply rules and regulations, search policy, and pay attention to detail. Analyze and appraise facts and other evidence. Apply relevant legal principles and precedents and draw logical conclusions.


-          Fluent in speaking and reading the Spanish language.



-          In state travel is required.  Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).   Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.

-          Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees. 

-          HSPD-12 Background/Fingerprinting Security Clearance:

-          Please be advised that all hires, transfers, and current employees within DBME Disability Determination Service Administration are subject to mandatory fingerprinting and an associated FBI background investigation by the Social Security Administration under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.  Not all prior arrests and/or convictions will prohibit appointment.


 The Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 

-          Sick leave

-          Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

-          Health and dental insurance

-          Retirement plan

-          Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

-          Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 602-771-2902 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-3981. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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