This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Legal Administrative Specialist (Victim-Witness)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:12-CRD-037 (MPP)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0901-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees. Please submit SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action in order to confirm your status. VEOA eligible’s and people under special hiring authorities.

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally-protected civil and constitutional rights. The Division's mission comprises two prongs: (1) vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting civil rights abuses, including 'color of law' violations by state officers, trafficking in humans, conspiracy to violate federally protected rights, and criminal interference with housing rights; and (2) defending individuals' federal civil rights through a panoply of means including civil litigation, consent orders, settlements, technical assistance, public outreach, and education programs.

The Criminal Section handles matters involving the deprivation of personal liberties which either cannot be, or are not, sufficiently addressed by state or local authorities.  These are invariably matters of intense public interest involving acts of racial violence, misconduct by local and federal law enforcement officials, violations of Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and related involuntary servitude statutes, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, as well as law which proscribes the interference with religious exercise and the destruction of religious property.

Division offices are near the Metro transportation system or public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions.  Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities.  Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.

 

 

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59 EST on the closing date.
  • Some travel may be required.

DUTIES:

·         This position is that of a Legal Administrative Specialist (Victim-Witness) in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, but will organizationally be known as a Victim Witness Specialist.  As such the incumbent performs the following duties/responsibilities:

·         Provides advice and guidance on victim/witness related issues related to federal civil rights crimes, particularly the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).

·         Provides services to victims of federal civil rights crimes as mandated by the Attorney General Guidelines (AG Guidelines) for Victims and Witness Assistance.

·         Implements procedures to be used government-wide regarding the victim provisions of the TVPA and other federal criminal civil rights statutes.

·         Provides training and conducts outreach on the TVPA’s provision to other government victim/witness coordinators, related federal agencies, and non-governmental service providers who assist victims of trafficking.

·         Coordinates with other federal law enforcement agencies and non-government organizations to provide necessary services to victims of trafficking and other civil rights crimes.

·         Assists in developing information for periodic reports to Congress and other agencies on the enforcement of trafficking and other federal civil rights crimes.

·         Ensures that the provisions of the AG Guidelines related to responsibilities of the prosecuting office are applied.

·         Performs other related duties in support of the mission of the office.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level.

Examples of specialized experience may include, but are not limited to, assisting with coordinating with other federal law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide necessary services to victims of trafficking and other federal civil rights crimes, assisting with disseminating information to other federal agencies or those assisting victims of a federal civil rights crime, assisting with coordinating with the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s office and law enforcement agency where a case is being prosecuted to ensure that the victims are notified of their rights, and assisting with receive victim referrals when necessary as available under federal law.

 Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Examples of specialized experience may include, but are not limited to, coordinating with other federal law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide necessary services to victims of trafficking and other federal civil rights crimes, disseminating information to other federal agencies or those assisting victims of a federal civil rights crime, coordinating with the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s office and law enforcement agency where a case is being prosecuted to ensure that the victims are notified of their rights, and receive victim referrals when necessary as available under federal law. 

 


You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

Time-In-Grade:  Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.  You must meet all qualifications within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The resume you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether your experience is sufficient to meet the specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. Your resume must reflect that you possess the competencies below.  Candidates who are found best qualified in accordance with established ranked will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be contacted to prepare a written narrative for each of the competencies below.  Your responses to the statements will be evaluated to determine your rating.

Knowledge of federal crime victims law and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and other laws and regulations related to victim/witness issues.
Knowledge of the criminal justice system, the procedures for law enforcement and agencies as they relate to the treatment and handling of crime victims/witnesses.

Ability to communicate clearly in order to present complex and controversial issues orally.

Ability to communicate clearly in writing in order to present complex and controversial issues.
Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills and interpersonal relations skills.
 


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:

Foreign Education:  Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above.  You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive 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 you are 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 instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for this vacant position.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gove/ctap/index/asp.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for 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 all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking 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/ctap/index.asp

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.

Veterans Employment Opportunities 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 Veteran’s Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed (3) or more years of continuous active military service.  If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under VEOA, in addition to the other required application materials, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to the HR contact annotated in this vacancy 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.

In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain individuals with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority.  To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness.  As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statements, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician, or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e. state or private; or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.  Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

 

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security check.  Continued employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

Selectees who are not currently employed by the Offices, Boards, and Division of the Department of Justice will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

One or more positions may be filled from this announcement if identical vacancies occur 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificate.

The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-Verify Program. 



HOW TO APPLY:

You must submit your application so that it will be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

 

Applicants must either fax or e-mail their application in by the closing date for this position. Please submit your application via fax at (202) 514-6603 or by email to CRD.VACANCIES@usdoj.gov. If you are submitting your application via e-mail, please indicate the Vacancy Announcement Number and position title in the subject line.

If you are unable to fax or email your application, please contact the Human Resources at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement, for alternate application procedures.

Application mailed using government postage or through an internal federal government mail will not be accepted.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required Documents: (are permissible w/ initial application only if specified in announcement.)

• Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Applicants should clearly indicate all experience [including dates (month and year) and number of hours spent per week], training, include volunteer work experience, education, and awards relevant to the qualification requirements. Training or self-development activities must reflect course title, classroom hours completed and date(s). Do not send position descriptions.

• Veterans' preference documentation, if applicable.

• CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Betsy Allen
Phone: (202)514-3934
Fax: (202)514-6603
Email: CRD.VACANCIES@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights Division
600 E Street NW
Room 3105
WASHINGTON, DC
20004 Fax: (202)514-6603

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 a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of announcement.

Control Number: 332974700
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