Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 08/17/21
Applications Due: 09/30/21
Vacancy ID: 90089

Position Information

AgencyTemporary and Disability Assistance, Office of

TitleDisability Review Psychologist

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $91794 to $102661 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County To Be Determined

Street Address Division of Disability Determinations

City Albany, Buffalo, Endicott and NYC


Zip Code12207

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Eligible for a lateral transfer or eligible for a 70.1 transfer by having one year of permanent competitive service in an appropriate title;


Reachable on the appropriate eligible list in Albany, New York City, Binghamton, or Buffalo; OR
Eligible candidates must be licensed and currently registered to practice Psychology in New York State.

1. Information regarding New York State licensure may be obtained from the State Board for Psychology by contacting the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Psychology Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234-1000; or by calling (518) 474 3817, Ext. 592; or e-mail at
2. In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other federal or federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
3. New York State residence is not required.
The agency may, at its discretion, nominate qualified candidates for a permanent appointment under the provisions of Rule 4.2 (b) of the Rules for the Classified Service.

Duties Description The Disability Review Psychologist would participate as a member of a disability adjudication team, in the granting or disapproval of disability claims under the Social Security law. The duties of these positions will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Evaluate medical and psychological information provided in support of Social Security disability claims. Interprets psychiatric and psychological tests and reports, applying Social Security Administration standards to ensure accurate and uniform documentation and determinations.

• Evaluate complex psychological or psychiatric issues using professional expertise and program guidelines to ensure an appropriate resolution, or to prepare a well-developed policy referral.

• Provide advice and consultation to the Division of Disability Determinations staff in the interpretation of medical and psychological information and in the pursuit of further information needed to apply the federal regulations and guidelines.

• Provide advice and consultation to Disability Analysts in determining the needs for consultative examinations and recommend alternate approaches to obtaining required evidence if it appears such examinations are unnecessary.

• Obtain additional documentation or clarifying information by specialist-to-specialist phone contacts with previously contacted or newly identified treatment sources (or other third party sources).

• Provide training to staff in evaluation and interpretation of medical reports, data and examination results.

• Working with the Division’s Medical Relations Office, assist in developing and improving relations with the medical community to improve the flow of needed supportive medical documentation and to minimize case processing time.

Additional Comments Appointment to these positions is contingent upon Division of the Budget approval to fill. Full-time permanent appointments will be made. If certified by Civil Service, mandatory reemployment list candidates must be considered first for appointment to this title.

Please be advised that all hires or transfers to OTDA’s Division of Disability Determinations must submit to mandatory fingerprinting and an associated FBI background investigation by the Social Security Administration under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12. Not all prior arrests and/or convictions will prohibit appointment. Information is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates should reference posting #21-087 when submitting your application.

If submitting electronically, please reference posting #21-087 as part of your subject line.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Recruitment Unit

Telephone (518) 402-3991

Fax (518) 474-9374

Email Address


Street 40 North Pearl Street, 12B

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12243


Notes on ApplyingTo apply, please send a cover letter and resume and clearly state how you meet the minimum qualifications.
You may be required to provide acceptable proof of education, experience, credential and/or license to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualifications for appointment to this position.

Applicants will be required to prove their eligibility for employment based upon acceptance of a position in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

If you are a retiree currently receiving benefits, indicate this and the name of the retirement system in your response.

In accordance with state law, Governor’s Executive Order No. 6 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance does not discriminate against disabled individuals. If you are disabled and require reasonable accommodation at the time of the interview, please contact OTDA's designee for reasonable accommodation at (518) 473-6364.