New Job Disability Specialist - Entry In Wisconsin

Disability Specialist - Entry
Disability Specialist - Entry

Disability Specialist - Entry

Company : State of Wisconsin
Salary : $21.32 - $22.00 an hour
Location : Wisconsin

Full Description


The Department of Health Services (DHS) strives to protect and promote the health and safety of all people of Wisconsin through the efforts of a dedicated and diverse workforce. DHS works to ensure access to individuals, families, and communities to achieve positive health outcomes in the areas of abuse prevention, mental health, public health, family care, long-term care, and much more.

Disability Determination Bureau (DDB) is hiring several Entry-Level Disability Determination Examiner positions. DDB is located at 1400 E. Washington Avenue. Free onsite parking is available and these positions have eligibility for growth within DDB!

Our diversity, equity and inclusion team strives to hire, develop and retain a talented workforce representative of the people of Wisconsin we serve. We are searching for people with diverse backgrounds to join our dynamic and team-oriented environment. We promote professional growth and create a healthy work/life balance and inclusive culture.

As an employee of the state of Wisconsin, you'll also have access to an amazing benefits package, including 3.5 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, ample sick time, a top rated health plan, multiple insurance options, and participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, which is considered among the best in the country!

The work schedule for the first 20 weeks is Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm while in classroom training. This is mandatory training and selected candidates must be able to meet this schedule. After classroom training, the work schedule is Monday-Friday, with flexible daytime hours. The anticipated start date for these positions is March 2022.

Position Summary

Disability Examiners use medical, technical, and legal knowledge to independently analyze and interpret complex medical information, legal issues, Social Security law, and rules and regulations to make legally and medically sound objective decisions about disability claims.

An Entry-Level Disability Determination Examiner will learn and apply the medical, legal, and vocational factors involved in case documentation, assessment of impairment severity, and determination of eligibility for disability benefits under Social Security law. Training will be in a classroom setting for 20 weeks with gradual transition to on-the-job training and increasing independence over the next year.

Disability Examiners must have highly developed analytical ability, be independent decision makers, have strong persuasive writing skills, and good time management. Examiners will be expected to independently manage a caseload to meet high production and accuracy standards in an effective, timely, and cost efficient manner. Examiners read highly technical electronic medical and evidentiary records on a personal computer constantly. Examiners have daily phone contact with (often challenging) claimants. Challenging situations and changes in policy and procedures are frequent.

Salary Information

The starting salary is $21.32 - $22.00 per hour depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits. The pay schedule/range is 12-64. An 18 month probationary period is required. Pay for current State of WI employees will be based on the compensation plan in effect at time of appointment.

Job Details

All applicants who may be appointed to this position will be required to go through a complete federal background investigation. A suitability determination by the Social Security Administration is necessary prior to hire to determine whether an employee can be issued credentials in order to have access to Social Security disability data, records, and systems.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether they are vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.


Minimally qualified applicants will have all of the following:

  • Experience interpreting and applying policies, statutes, or laws.
  • Experience researching and summarizing information, and formulating and supporting conclusions in writing. Examples of written documents could include issue papers, research papers, case summaries, theses, white papers, etc.

Well-qualified applicants will also have one or more of the following:

  • Experience or training in a medical, healthcare, or psychological related field.
  • Work experience with Social Security Disability claims.

For tips on developing your resume and letter of qualifications and what should be included in these materials, click here. Please note, the letter of qualifications is limited to one page.

How To Apply

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You will be required to attach your current resume and letter of qualifications in a Word or PDF compatible format. Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of job experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Failure to submit all required materials will result in an incomplete application and ineligibility for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an incompatible format, an email, as a hard copy or a fax.

Current or former permanent, classified, state employees must complete the online application process to be considered. Pay for current or former state employees is set based upon the rules that apply to compensation for the applicable transaction.

Questions can be directed to Stacy Koenig at [email protected]

DHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans’ hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment Assistance page on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.

If viewing through an external site, please apply directly at Wisc.Jobs.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply is November 29th at 11:59pm.