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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ENRD-12-060 (MPP)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

01 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.

The individual who fills this position will be part of one or more litigation teams, consisting of federal prosecutors and federal criminal investigators from various federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). These litigation teams handle large complex cases, and focus on criminal violations of such statues as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), Lacey Act, and Endangered Species Act (ESA). These cases tend to be document intensive and particularly well suited to individuals who have strong organizational skills and are knowledgeable about and enjoy utilizing databases. The individual who fills this position will be an integral part of the litigation team; and actively involved in all aspects of trial preparation from discovery to courtroom presentation.  

This position is located in the Environmental Crimes Section (ECS) of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), ECS is responsible for prosecuting individuals and corporations that violate federal laws designed to protect the environment and handles cases across the United States.    

ENRD is a wonderful place to work and has continued to rank among the top 5 federal subcomponents for the past five years, holding the #1 slot for three years consecutively. ENRD offers compressed or flexible work schedules or telework for positions whose assigned duties permit this flexibility. We anticipate that this position will offer a compressed or flexible work schedule following a qualifying period of employment. A transit subsidy is offered to all employees. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. 

We place a high value on diversity of background, experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

  

Who May Apply: Merit Promotion and VEOA eligible candidates

You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following criteria:

Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous Federal service.
Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.
Individuals with disabilities —For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.goy/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

You must submit the appropriate documentation in order to be considered under merit promotion procedures, such as: 
Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 that includes status, position information and grade level) and copy of most recent performance appraisal is required for current Federal employees. (The Performance Appraisal submitted for current federal employees must be within the last 15 months); DD-214 from Veterans for consideration under special Veteran appointing authorities; and Non Competitive Appointment Authority documentation, if applicable.

 

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 
We anticipate filling positions pending budget approval.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered/exempt from Selective Service.

DUTIES:

• Organizes and administers large document-intensive cases, including administering electronic document databases.
• Coordinates document production involving review and retrieval of documents from governmental and non-governmental agencies.
• Assists attorneys in coordinating and managing discovery and e-discovery matters.
• Prepares reports, exhibits, memoranda, and statistical analyses to be used in litigating cases.
• Assists in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.
• Coordinates preparation for trials and courtroom assistance.
• Coordinates contract litigation support work.
• Frequent travel is required; on average this includes some parts of two weeks per month; and, on occasion (e.g., during trial), for multiple weeks at a time.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

In order to qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position, you must possess the following: 

For the GS-9: To be eligible at the GS-9 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: experience with and knowledge of challenges and procedures, significant experience working with large-volume document databases; or significant white-collar litigation experience. Experiences in creating and maintaining litigation databases for management of case materials.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-9 level may be met by two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL. B. or J.D. degree.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successful completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

 

For the GS-11: To be eligible at the GS-11 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: experience vrith and knowledge of complex discovery and e-discovery issues, experience creating and maintaining litigation databases for manag~m~nt of case materials; or significant white-caller litigation experience.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the GS-11 level may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.M.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated against the competencies. Applicants that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based on the rating criteria that will be used to evaluate an applicant's experience, education, and accomplishments. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.  Candidates are encouraged to address the competencies required for this position. Please include the competencies in your resume/application. Failure to submit this information may lower your overall rating for this position.

 

• Information Management

 • Database Management System

• Technology Application

• Oral Communication

• Litigation Procedures


BENEFITS:

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Other Information:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).

The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priori#y over other candidates far competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy al! qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent fio the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form, Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ictap/index.asp

 

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced corr~petitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that ynu ire a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority iF: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the insfiructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found wellqualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional infort~natian about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

 

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or a have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

 

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

 

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, martial status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

THIS IS NOT AN ON -LINE APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Be certain that your application/resume, whether mailed, faxed or hand carried is received by 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Please submit your application package to the appropriate address listed below:

 

 

Hand Delivery:

U. S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Human Resources, 601 D Street, NW, Room 2232, Washington, DC 20004, ATTN: Cynthia Barnes, Human Resources Specialist.

 

By Email: Cynthia.Barnes@usdoj.gov By Fax: (202) 305-4866



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover lever optional).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; which shows career or career-conditional tenure.
  • CTAPIICTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • Latest Performance appraisal received within the last 15 months.

 

Contact Information: For questions about this job opportunity announcement, contact: Cynthia Barnes on (202) 353-2462 or by email at Cynthia.Barnes@usdoj.gov

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Barnes
Phone: (202)353-2462
Fax: (202)305-4866
Email: CYNTHIA.BARNES@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
US DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division
PO Box 7611
Washington, DC
20044-0367 Fax: (202)305-4866

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct asuitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Control Number: 329584600
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