Social Security’s Representative Payment Program provides financial management for the Social Security and SSI payments of Social Security beneficiaries who are not able to manage their own Social Security or SSI payments. The Representative Payee Investigator will be responsible for scheduling, conducting, and completing detailed reports on compliance reviews of both organizational and individual representative payees as assigned by the Social Security Administration under the Disability Law Center’s (DLC’s) new Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with Representative Payees program. The investigator will engage in statewide site visits to beneficiaries’ homes, residential facilities, and state mental institutions implementing specific guidelines and procedures as set forth by the Social Security Administration. These procedures include personal interviews; financial record reviews; detailed tracking of these reviews; adherence to strict procedural time-lines for completion; and, submission of final reports to federal partners. Field reviews and educational visits will also be conducted to verify that the representative payee is using the benefits properly on behalf of the beneficiary and carrying out the responsibilities and duties correctly. Substantial travel throughout Massachusetts will be required.
Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the provision of advocacy services to vulnerable populations or equivalent experience.
Five (5) to ten (10) years direct experience conducting investigations such as site visits, compliance audits or other regulatory matters.
Demonstrated success working with persons with disabilities and maintaining confidential information.
Demonstrated experience doing financial record keeping using basic accounting principles.
Demonstrated ability in reviewing and analyzing financial records.
Ability to provide education and training to large groups.
Demonstrated ability in conducting investigatory interviews and writing reports of investigatory findings.
Excellent listening and verbal skills; professional written communication skills, and strong negotiating communications skills.
Basic computer skills, including email, Microsoft Office programs, data entry, and use of the internet.
Reliable transportation and ability to travel statewide.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize complex tasks.
Government clearance by the United States Government Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for this position. In addition, continued eligibility for government clearance by OPM is required.
Additional Salary Information: DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please visit https://www.dlc-ma.org/careers-at-dlc/
About Disability Law Center
The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government.
Our mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.
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