Hiring at the Social Security Administration:
Linking Candidates with Disabilities to SSA Jobs
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has completed its hiring for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. SSA hired a significant number of employees throughout the country, including many with disabilities, during this fiscal year. SSA expects to continue hiring during the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1. SSA also plans to open some new facilities in the next few years and this will provide new employment opportunities. Although different offices and regions of the country will experience different rates of hiring, which are impossible to predict in advance, our ongoing hiring initiative offers a unique opportunity for individuals with disabilities to be considered for SSA positions. These jobs will be at various skill levels including a number of entry-level positions.
SSA does not know at this time when Congress will approve its FY 2010 budget or how many new jobs SSA will fill next year. However, SSA will continue its commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities into its workforce, including SSA Ticket Holders and students and veterans with disabilities.
You may also wish to seek employment through the competitive hiring process. Information concerning job opportunities may be obtained from the Office of Personnel Management web site www.usajobs.gov, the SSA web site www.ssa.gov/careers, or the state employment office. These same resources are available for those who do not meet the requirements for severe disability, but are still interested in employment at SSA.
Based on SSA’s experience this past fiscal year in working with our external partners, SSA will take a somewhat different approach for FY 2010. SSA does not plan to operate a national e-mail inbox for resumes/applications. The current e-mail address, Selective.Placement.Applications@ssa.gov will no longer be valid after September 30, 2009. Instead SSA partners will be directed to work closely with local, regional and component staffs at the ground level for the recruitment and hiring process at SSA. Of course, those individuals who have submitted resumes during 2009 should know that their resumes will remain in SSA’s database and they will be eligible for consideration for future jobs for twelve months.
If you are interested in SSA’s Hiring Initiative, be sure to check this web site and www.ssa.gov/careers frequently for updates on SSA’s FY 2010 hiring plans.
Thank you for your interest in SSA’s hiring plans. This page is provided to give you an overview of the initiative along with detailed resources and documents to help your organization in providing qualified candidates with disabilities, including Ticket Holders, to SSA for consideration.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Hiring People with Disabilities
- Veterans Hiring Authorities
- Reasonable Accommodation
- Federal Career Intern Program
- Student Programs
- Ticket to Work
- SSA Job Descriptions (MS Word, 142 Kb)
- Sample Schedule A Letter (MS Word, 342 Kb)
- Success Stories
- Archive of FY2009 Hiring Initiative Information
Contact SSA for More Information:
SSA’s Selective Placement Program assists qualified individuals with disabilities in obtaining non-competitive employment under the federal government’s Schedule A Excepted Service appointing authority. This appointing authority can be extended to individuals with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities. Although SSA has concluded its FY2009 hiring, the Regional and component Selective Placement Coordinators can answer your questions regarding SSA hiring. Visit SSA’s career site at www.ssa.gov/careers for a list of the Regional and component Selective Placement Coordinators.
As SSA is a small portion of a broader Federal Government hiring initiative, Employment Networks, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, and other employment service providers are key partners in bringing talented and available candidates to SSA and all agencies. Thank you for getting involved and helping SSA reach its goal to increase diversity and opportunities for employment of people with disabilities at SSA locations across the nation.
Be sure to regularly check this website and www.ssa.gov/careers for updates and more details on SSA’s FY 2010 approach, information on submitting future resumes, timeframes, and other information about positions SSA will offer next fiscal year.