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Title:  Disability Determination Assistant Director

Application Deadline Date:  10/07/2021
Req ID:  18443
Department:  Children and Families

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $34.90


Managerial, administrative and supervisory work at a professional level, in partnership with the DDS Director, to plan and manage all internal office operations, including oversight and management of all claims adjudication and other operational functions, including IT (systems) and support services in the Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS) within the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Duties include collaborating with the DDS Director in the planning, direction and evaluation of a complex program to determine the medical eligibility for Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid on the basis of disability for all Vermont applicants. Supervision is exercised over professional, technical and support staff through the Operations Supervisors, IT Manager and others. Work is performed under the general guidance of the DDS Director. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.

Who May Apply

This position, Disability Determination Assistant Director (Job Requisition #18443), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jack.McCormack@ssa.gov.

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.


Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed largely in an office setting, but require some overnight and out of state travel to regional and national meetings with Social Security officials. Personal means of transportation must be available. The role requires frequent effort and need to channel diverse, often conflicting opinions into coordinated action plans. The role requires ability to relate effectively with DDS staff, clients, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, and Social Security and Vermont State administrators.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in human services, business administration, public administration, or a healthcare related field.

Experience: Two (2) years professional-level experience in disability determination or other human service work, including or supplemented by two (2) years as Disability Determination Operations Supervisor or the equivalent supervisory or managerial experience.


Education: Bachelor's degree

Experience: Four (4) years professional-level experience in disability determination or other human service work, including or supplemented by two (2) years as Disability Determination Operations Supervisor or the equivalent supervisory or managerial experience.

Preferred Qualifications

At least five (5) years of experience in adjudicating all levels of disability claims, including initial, reconsideration, continuing disability reviews, disability hearings, quality assurance reviews and special workloads AND basic knowledge of DDS information technology systems, fiscal practices, and professional relations functions.

Special Requirements

All candidates must pass applicable State background checks in accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, State of Vermont tax compliance and criminal record checks, and Federal requirements for all DDS employees, including fingerprinting for FBI clearance and a Federal Public Trust background investigation. 

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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