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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:PH-13-HMB-789816

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:

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Two or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.

This position is located in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Natural Resources Section (NRS), in Washington, DC. NRS handles a number of diverse issues ranging from litigation to protect our nation's resources and public lands to defense of the public fisc against claims by private property owners for alleged "takings" and by Native Americans for alleged trust breaches. By virtue of our responsibility for all litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, we defend the decision-making processes of almost every federal agency. Recent examples include litigation over agency decisions related to the gulf oil spill, renewable energy projects, and snowmobile use in national parks. Our attorneys practice in both Federal and State courts. NRS is the second largest section in the Division with approximately 80 attorneys who are assigned to one of five litigating teams. Our practice involves:

• Emergency litigation defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions;
• Defense of the decisions of administrative agencies in accordance with the review standards of the Administrative Procedure Act;
• Original actions in the Supreme Court, tried before a Special Master; and
• Trial and pre-trial practice in inverse condemnation, water rights, and Indian trust cases, with emphasis on the preparation of expert testimony.

ENRD is a great place to work and offers compressed or flexible work schedules, telework, and transit subsidy. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the national mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center. ENRD has been named as the number one best federal agency subcomponent to work for in "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings for the past three years. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. To learn more about ENRD visit us at: http://www.iustice.gov/enrd/About ENRD.html 

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 
Filling this position is subject to funding availability.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Veteran's must submit DD-214, SF-15, and other proof of eligibility.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee must sucessfully complete a probationary period.

DUTIES:

As a Paralegal Specialist to attorneys in NRS, responsibilities include:

 

  • Performing research in various databases including Westlaw, PACER and Lexis; performing cite checks; compiling legislative histories; proofreading and editing legal briefs and memoranda prior to filing in court; ensuring conformance of documents to applicable court rules.
  • Performing document management, including creating and maintaining litigation databases.  
  • Organizing and writing synopses of factual materials; summarizing depositions; preparing, organizing, and indexing administrative; records preparing non-legal memoranda.  
  • Providing assistance at hearings and/or trials, for example preparing exhibits and coordinating travel and trial logistics.  
  • Travel is required.  
  • Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

 

In order to qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position you must meet the minimum qualifying experience and/or education for the grade levels as defined below.

 

A. You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable  experience utilizing automated legal databases to verify legal citations and statutory references; analyzing and organizing factual, legal and erthlval records; providing assistance to attorneys in preparation for hearings and/or trials; and creating and maintaining litigation databases for management of case materials. -OR

B. You have completed two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or have a master's or equivalent degree in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.-OR

C. You have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'e' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100°/o of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours that exceed 18 semester hours. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

For the GS-11:

A. You have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience preparing summaries of depositions and other documents; performing factual, legal and archival research; compiling and researching a variety of sources to verify, support or dispute case information; carrying out assignments and resolving problems in line with established policies, precedents, directives and practices. -OR

B. You have completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist. -OR

C. You have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'B' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the second year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours that exceed 36 semester hours. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of
months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens: Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made if you are within reach, and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

 

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics: 

• Legal Writing  

• Legal Research

• Litigation Procedures

• Oral Communication

• Database Management Systems

 


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:

Conditions of Employment:
1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
2. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
3. All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

 

Other Information:  

- If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria, not including veterans’ preference points, if applicable. CTAP and/or ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a recent (or last) performance appraisal; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; or, if applicable, an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. (http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.) 
- If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx 
- The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 
- The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. 
- The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 14, 2012.
 
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 789816.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire  http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
        - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable; 
        - CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable;  

 

Your resume MUST contain all information required for Federal employment.  Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer's name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc.
        



 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Email: PHILADELPHIA@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


Control Number: 331648100
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