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    Social Security Administration's (SSA) Region IX Selective Placement Program assists qualified individuals with disabilities to obtain employment under the Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority (appointments for individuals with intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability).

    Duty Locations: SSA offices located in American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, & Saipan

    Who May Be Considered: US Citizens - Schedule A eligibles

    Most Commonly Asked Questions:

    How does the Selective Placement Program work?
    Answer: When you submit your application for the Selective Placement Program, we will review your Schedule A eligibility and your qualifications for your desired position(s). If you meet all requirements, you will be placed into the Selective Placement Program. When a desired position becomes available at a location you have indicated, we will submit your application to that office for the hiring official's consideration.

    Are all applicants with disabilities eligible for appointment under Schedule A (5 CFR 213.3102(u))?
    Answer: No, the rule applies only to those individuals with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, or intellectual disability. Eligibility for appointment under this authority is based on the severity of the impairment.

    Since SSA provides disability benefits, what document(s) are considered proof of Schedule A eligibility for an individual receiving SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits?
    Answer: A Benefit Verification Letter dated within the last 30 calendar days is considered proof of a disability. The letter must clearly indicate that the benefits received are for disability; and you must be in current pay.

    Is a SSA "Ticket-to-Work" document acceptable as the sole proof of Schedule A eligibility?
    No, a "Ticket-to-Work" is not acceptable proof of an applicant's current SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits payment status; therefore a "Ticket-to-Work" is not acceptable as proof of Schedule A eligibility.

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    Duties for each position can be found here.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required
    • Must meet Schedule A eligibility per 5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)
    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
    • Selectees are required to serve a two-year trial period
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid


    To be considered for these positions, you must:

    1. Have a current Schedule A eligibility letter issued by a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits AND
    2. Be qualified for the position. Qualification requirements for each position can be found here.
    Key Competencies for All Positions:
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with the general public on a continuous basis
    • Ability to analyze complex policies, procedures and other technical information
    • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks
    • Ability to use technology and automation tools


    Education for each position can be found here.

    Additional information

    Salaries vary by the duty station. For salary information, visit OPM's General Schedule and Locality Pay Tables

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If determined eligible, your documents will be reviewed for qualifications. Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation.

    If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire, or if you are not able to provide verifying documentation on request, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    RESUMES/APPLICATIONS: You must submit a resume/application in addition to providing supporting documents and answering the questionnaire. If you submit one and not the other, you will not be considered. Submit a chronological resume (work experience/skills should be listed under each job title with the most recent position listed first). In your resume, you mustinclude dates of employment for each job listed (month/day/year) as well as the average number of hours worked per week (40 hours, 20 hours). If this information is not provided, it may affect your qualifications.

    WORK EXPERIENCE: If you claim you have work experience, which meets the qualification requirements, your resume or application must support that claim. Provide a detailed description of your duties.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit www.fedshirevets.gov

    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here. Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

    PROOF OF EDUCATION: If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts with the course title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To qualify, the degree must be from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. Certification of equivalency must be submitted at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. Schedule A Letter (sign/dated within one year from application submission date)
    3. The Occupational Questionnaire
    4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section)

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log in to your USAJOBS account.

    Agency contact information

    CHR San Francisco - SPP


    Region IX GA/SPP
    1221 Nevin Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94801
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    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 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

    Once selected for a 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.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Social Security Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.


    Next steps

    Once you have successfully submitted your application materials, you can expect to receive the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Result of qualifications review.

    Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and education are subject to verification by investigation. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or education as proof to support your answers, or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

    If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire, or if you are not able to provide verifying documentation on request, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

    Note: This program does not guarantee job placement or an interview. This program is intended to assist applicants in being considered for vacancies as they become available, and for hiring managers to identify qualified Schedule A eligibles for noncompetitive selection.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494886700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.