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ASSISTANT TO THE COMMISSIONER I WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION

Recruitment #19-003507-0001

GRADE

11

LOCATION OF POSITION

Baltimore City

Main Purpose of Job

The State of Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission is currently seeking a highly organized, problem solving team players in its Hearings Division. The Hearings Division is responsible for providing the Commissioners with relevant information needed for the adjudication of workers' compensation claims. It is responsible for processing Orders, Settlements and correspondence as decided and determined by a WCC Commissioner. The main purpose of these positions are to act as direct liaison to a Commissioner insuring that no administrative breakdowns occur during the absence of the Commissioner. The incumbent must perform extremely well in a high pressure, high volume job that requires close and often exacerbating contact with the public and the legal profession. The incumbent must have the ability and willingness to accept responsibility and act on his/her own judgment freeing the Commissioner from many details and allowing them to concentrate in hearing cases and dealing with adjunct legal matters to a far greater extent that would be otherwise possible. The incumbent must also possess the ability to multi-task insuring efficient workflow, specifically through prioritization and organization. The Commissioner's office functions efficiently, in great measure, due to the independent judgment and assertiveness of the Assistant.

The Assistant to the Commissioner I position requires exercise of imagination, skill and tact and is essentially administrative and not secretarial. These positions are unique in that the incumbent must have the intellect to learn a considerable amount of law, not only to develop and process the great volume in incoming/outgoing legal documents but also to address inquiries made to the office by lawyers and insurance company representatives. The incumbent must have management talent to coordinate the flow of documents and information between the various divisions within the agency, the Commissioner's office being the hub around which all the others evolve concerning the adjudication of cases. Furthermore, the incumbent must have the tact to deal with the public, as well as public officials, employers, insurance carriers and lawyers on a daily basis. The incumbent must possess the ability to translate legal jargon into lay language to accommodate the needs of inquiries in a courteous and professional manner, using clear and concise verbal and written skills. In addition, the incumbent must possess the discretion to do all of the above while respecting the right of privacy and confidentiality of all those concerned.

POSITION DUTIES

· Analyzes, prepares, calculates and processes legal Awards/Orders from the Commissioner’s decisions and legal documents submitted.  Processes Subsequent Injury Fund (SIF) orders with minimal assistance and guidance.   Addresses inquiries on Commissioner Duty days and in a Commissioner’s absence.

· Examines case documents for legal sufficiency prior to the hearing of a compensation claim.  Coordinates the flow of legal documents and information between other divisions within the Commission and a Commissioner.  Handles dockets, including but not limited to: reviewing, assembling and breaking down, pre and post data entry, emergency and special request scheduling and postponements.

· Researches and interprets workers’ compensation laws and regulations in order to provide a Commissioner with relevant information needed for the adjudication of workers’ compensation claims.  Reviews US mail, interdepartmental mail and email for processing, answers phone, and walk- in requests and inquiries applying to Workers’ Compensation law, regulations and procedures.

· Prepares itinerary, leave requests and expense accounts, schedules appointments, telephone conferences/hearings and meetings for the Commissioner. Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a state high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience in work requiring knowledge of the function, organization, procedures and governing laws and regulations of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

OR Six months experience providing paralegal support to a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner in the review, adjudication and processing of contested workers’ compensation claims.

Note:1. Additional experience in work requiring knowledge of the function, organization, procedures and governing laws and regulations of the Workers’ Compensation Commission may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Paralegal Specialist classifications or Paralegal Specialist specialty codes in the Legal and Kindred field of work involving workers’ compensation claims on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Demonstrated ability to accurately keyboard on a typewriter, a personal computer, computer terminal or work processor at a minimum of forty words per minute is required.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number (19-003507-0001) on any documentation to ensure timely processing. Submission of a resume is strongly encouraged.

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR EMAIL UNSOLICITED DOCUMENTATION

Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Workers' Compensation Commission 
Attn: Personnel Division
10 E. Baltimore Street, 7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

For more information please email wccpers@wcc.state.md.us.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Workers' Compensation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of WCC that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.