Disability Claims Adjudicator

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Columbus, OH

Job status
Full time
Benefits
Paid vacation, Paid personal time, Paid holidays, Vision Insurance, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance
Pay
$21.50 – Hourly
Job description

Empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is now accepting applications for Disability Claims Adjudicators.

These federally funded positions are deemed necessary to determine someone’s medical eligibility for Ohioans who apply for Social Security Disability benefits (Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income) while dealing with the economic effects of Covid-19 pandemic.

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining contract. Unless required by legislation or union contract, candidates will start at the lowest rate of the salary range associated with this position.

Who we are:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers. 

What we do:

OOD works with partners in businesses, education and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency determining medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio.

Our guiding principles:

In striving for excellence in service, we will:

• Listen first

• Act with a sense of urgency

• Honor diversity

• Foster inclusiveness

• Value collaboration

• Inspire innovation

• Be transparent

• Be accountable

• Celebrate success

The Division of Disability Determination (DDD)

A division of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), in agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA), determines medical eligibility for Ohioans who apply for Social Security disability benefits. 

What is a Disability Claims Adjudicator and what do they do?

At OOD, a Disability Claims Adjudicator (DCA) is a State of Ohio employee who considers medical and vocational information to process Social Security disability determination claims for Ohioans; gathers and analyzes information from various sources to include medical, psychological and functional evidence in determining one’s work-related limitations; and interacts frequently with claimants, attorneys, medical sources and other professionals to obtain evidence used to evaluate the severity of medical conditions and a claimant’s ability to perform work-related activities.

Education requirements

• Completion of undergraduate core program in human/medical services area or closely related field

Qualifications

• Completion of undergraduate core program in human/medical services area (e.g. psychology, sociology, criminology, pre-medicine, special education), public relations, public administration, business administration, communications or closely related field OR

• 24 months of experience in adjudication of social security disability benefit claims for another state jurisdiction or federal component of social security administration OR

• Equivalent of minimum class qualifications for employment noted above

Characteristics of a Successful Disability Claims Adjudicator:

• Ability to manage a high-paced workflow in a time-efficient manner

• Ability to stay organized and quality-focused

• Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills

• Ability to make decisions independently with good judgement

• Motivation and ability to deliver excellent customer service

• Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates are desired

Work hours

• 8am-5pm

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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