Social Security Administration Social Insurance Specialist (Claims Specialist) (Recent Graduates - Spanish) in Petersburg, Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Do you have a desire to:

  • Help SSA manage its Social Security programs, analyze and solve problems?
  • Advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
  • Work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?

Join SSA, one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

SSA Recent Graduates Program Eligibility RequirementsThe SSA Recent Graduates Program (Program) provides Recent Graduates with entry-level developmental experience and is designed to lead to a career in the Federal government. To be eligible for the Program, applicants must have completed all requirements of an academic course of study leading to a qualifying associates, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the 2 years preceding the closing date of this announcement. Preference-eligible veterans who, due to military service obligations, were precluded from applying to the Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period are entitled to a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the preference eligible veteran completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

FOR RECENT GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY: The transcript(s) or official letter from the registrar's office must include the date your degree or certificate was conferred. Applications will not be considered without this documentation. NOTE: Copies of degrees, certificates, and diplomas are not considered acceptable documents to determine Recent Graduate eligibility.

Once selected for the Claims Specialist position in SSA, you will contribute to the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. This includes speaking with beneficiaries about their rights under the Social Security laws, gathering facts and evidence to establish eligibility for benefits, making critical decisions to determine the amount of benefits paid to individuals, and using state-of-the-art computer technology to access and update information about claims.

Desired skills: written and oral communication, interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, decisiveness and automation.

BILINGUAL ABILITY IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH IS REQUIRED, YOUR RESUME MUST STATE THAT YOU ARE FLUENT IN BOTH LANGUES OR YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION.

This position is located in the Social Security Administration, Petersburg, Virginia field officelocated at 100 Poplar Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805.

Duties

Note: This position is being filled on a* Full-Time* basis. This is a 2-year developmental program. After successful completion of the program, you may be noncompetitively converted to a term (not to exceed 1-4 years) or permanent appointment.

Additional selections may be made within six months from the closing date of this announcement. This is a career-ladder position leading to the GS-11 grade level.

DUTIES:

Claims Specialists conduct interviews with the public to obtain, clarify, and verify information about initial and continuing eligibility for retirement, survivors, disability, health insurance benefits, and eligibility for supplemental security income including State supplements. In addition, they resolve discrepancies, clarify issues and make final decisions for initial and post-entitlement for benefits and payments; adjudicate and authorize entitlement or disallowance actions at all levels of difficulty and complexity under programs administered by SSA; and use state of-the-art technology to access and update claims information.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selective Service Registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • Security and/or Background Investigation Required
  • Must have a qualifying degree or certificate
  • Selectees are required to serve a trial period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
Qualifications

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. If you are using experience to qualify, you must have:

GS-5:Three years of general experience that demonstrates the ability to 1) analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; 2) plan and organize work; and 3) communicate effectively orally and in writing; and using online technology and automation tools. Examples of qualifying experience include analyzing, explaining, applying or interpreting laws, rules, regulation or policies.

For GS-7: Fifty-two weeks of specialized experience in 1) assisting individuals in establishing their entitlement to receive benefits; 2) adjudicating, authorizing or reconsidering claims; 3) representing benefit programs before the general public; 4)evaluating benefit program operations to assess the integrity and quality; or 5) interpreting program requirements and formulating policies, procedures and guidelines.

Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12 month period, you will be credited with 6 months of experience).

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION: If you are qualifying for this position based on completed education at an accredited U.S. college, university, or other educational institution, you must provide a copy of your transcripts or other proof of education. NOTE: Education completed in a foreign institution must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs. It is the applicant's responsibility to acquire U.S. Certification and provide it at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services.

GS-5: Completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree OR a combination of post-high school education and the general experience described above. One year of study is defined as 30 earned semester hours or 45 earned quarter hours.

GS-7: One full year of graduate level education in any field. One year of full-time graduate education is defined as 18 earned semester hours or 27 earned quarter hours. A combination of graduate level education and the specialized experience as described above OR a Bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement in any field can be applied as a substitution. Superior academic achievement is based on:

  • Graduated in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR
  • Graduated with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher out of 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR

  • Graduated with a 3.5 GPA or higher based on the average of all the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR

  • Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society that meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (except for freshman honor societies).

If you are selected for the position, you must provide your official college transcripts prior to being appointed.

Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Experience and education should be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR

*Meet and Deal Panel Interview: *Applicants will be required to participate in a panel interview (after basic eligibility determination) to demonstrate an aptitude for meeting and dealing with the public. Applicants must pass this interview process in order to be found fully qualified for this position and receive further consideration for selection. This interview will cover typical situations, which might be encountered on the job, in person or over the telephone. Candidates must demonstrate qualities such as clarity of speech, ability to listen, ability to establish confidence and put others at ease and the ability to organize and express thoughts clearly. If you do not pass the Meet and Deal panel interview, you will not qualify for the job.

Bilingual Certification Interview: Applicants must have the ability to fluently speak English and Spanish. Applicants will be required to pass an interview designed to assess possession of this ability.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you have successfully submitted your occupational questionnaire, you will receive the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Result of qualifications review and if Referred/Not Referred to the selecting official; and (3) Selected/Not Selected for the position.

If you applied incorrectly or submitted an incomplete application, we will be unable to send you notifications regarding the status of your application. Please read the How to Apply instructions carefully to ensure that you submit a complete application.

BENEFITS

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Other Information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Individuals with disabilities may call us via Federal Relay using the (voice) contact telephone provided.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471930100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $33,737.00 to $54,332.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0105-05/07

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 471930100

Job Announcement Number: SA1972961