Job Overview


The men and women of the Social Security Administration are the stewards of the Federal Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance programs, as well as Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled. With a workforce of approximately 65,000 employees in 1,300 service locations across the country, our mission is to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

The Associate Commissioner for Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support is responsible for providing executive leadership and accountability for program analysis and development to support the disability and income security programs of the Social Security Administration (SSA).  In this capacity, the incumbent maintains awareness of issues concerning broad program policy environments, including Congress, the private sector, and other government agencies to ensure that SSA's policy and research agendas consider and reflect these points of view.  S/he directs studies of program policy issues related to the development and evaluation of SSA Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program initiatives and legislative and policy proposals.  S/he identifies trends in the SSI and Disability programs and compiles and analyzes data on various aspects of those programs.  S/he designs, implements and evaluates demonstration projects to target special populations and/or program issues.  S/he formulates agency policy regarding crosscutting programs or issues related to disability and/or income assistance programs and interacts with other government agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor. 

This office has locations in Woodlawn, MD and Washington DC.  Duty location will be determined based on the selectee for the position; however, regular travel between the two offices is expected. 


  • Responsible for a wide array of research and demonstration projects as well as oversight of all of the agency's return-to-work initiatives.
  • Develops and implements research initiatives projects and demonstration projects that support current and future policy initiatives.
  • Directs the conduct of in-depth analyses of both domestic and international programs, including SSA-administered programs, that provide benefits, services and/or support(s) to SSA Disability and SSI beneficiary populations.
  • Conducts analyses of the interrelationships between and among SSA Disability and SSI programs, the national economy, other income maintenance and assistance programs and various socioeconomic factors.  Administers related grants, interagency agreements, cooperative agreements, contracts and unsolicited proposals.
  • Directs the development and preparation of complex policy analyses and formulates legislative and regulatory recommendations for the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy concerning improvements in SSA Disability and SSI programs.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel between Baltimore and DC may be necessary

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized