Disability Determination Services

Disability Determination Services (DDS) evaluates claims for disability benefits using Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines. The Social Security program provides benefits to person with disabilities who are not able to work.


The SSA employs the services of the Minnesota DDS to make medical eligibility decisions for disability and blindness applicants on behalf of the SSA commissioner for residents of Minnesota. Disability examiners review submitted disability applications and request medical records from the claimant’s medical sources. Examiners also correspond by phone or letter with claimants, family members, legal representatives, and others to obtain additional information necessary for the claim. As this information arrives, examiners are responsible for reviewing and analyzing the evidence, applying SSA regulations and policy, and then writing a comprehensive assessment integrating the medical evidence, vocational factors, educational background, and other collateral information with the Social Security regulations to reach an eligibility determination. 

DDS Professionals:

  • Maintain a commitment to public service
  • Perform meaningful, rewarding work with a direct impact on Minnesotans' quality of life
  • Work collaboratively with medical professionals, supervisors and peers
  • Expand their knowledge of complex medical conditions
  • Manage an active caseload and maintain compliance with state and federal statutes

To Apply:

Visit www.MinnesotaWorks.net. Enter your resume and search for "Disability Examiner." If no positions come up, set an email reminder to notify you when a position becomes available. We currently have several cycles of hirings we plan to do, so if a job listing doesn't come up right away, do know that we expect openings in the near future.

Find Us at a Job Fair:

DDS will also be participating in several upcoming job fairs, where you can speak with our representatives and learn more about these opportunities. DDS staff will be attending the following job fairs: 

  • St. Catherine’s University, Thursday, 10/9/14 
  • UW River Falls, Wednesday, 10/15/14 
  • U of M, Friday, 10/24/14