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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ATR-12-08A

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 to Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 14 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

31 vacancies - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you ready to contribute to matters of national importance that promote a competitive and productive American economy? The Antitrust Division has openings for Paralegal Specialists to join our dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process.

The Division’s work ranges over the entire spectrum of the U.S. economy. Its merger and civil enforcement cases can affect the structure and performance of an entire industry, and its criminal enforcement detects and punishes white-collar antitrust crimes that rob American consumers.

The Antitrust Division is seeking to fill entry-level, trainee paralegal specialist positions. Entry-level paralegals within the Division perform legal duties in support of attorneys engaged in antitrust cases and matters.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

DUTIES:

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The incumbents perform legal and factual research and closely related duties of a complex nature in support of attorneys engaged in antitrust cases and matters. Representative duties: Perform research using files, library reference materials, corporate records, private and governmental studies, computer databases, and other pertinent sources, to supply needed factual information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs, and similar documents. Perform preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys. Maintain an accounting system for all materials to be used as exhibits in grand jury proceedings and trials. Prepare and organize charts, graphs, and other material used as exhibits in court. Prepare tables of content, indexes, and tables of authorities for legal briefs, memoranda, and other such documents, reviewing and researching citations, footnotes, textual references, and other entries for accuracy. Assist attorneys in conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses. Travel to the site of trial, grand jury, discovery, etc. and there provide similar paralegal duties as described above.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized experience is defined as developing, authorizing or examining claims or applications that required resolving conflicting data and interpreting a body of laws, rules, regulations and policies; or preparing or reviewing contracts or other legal instruments for legal adequate and conformance with applicable laws; or selecting and analyzing information to determine the intent of statues, treaties, and executive orders or legal decisions, opinions, and rulings; or investigating and analyzing evidence of alleged or suspected violations of laws or regulations.

To qualify for these positions you must have:
A. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level, or
B. One (1) full year of graduate level education, or
C. Meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:

  1. a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate course work or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work;
  2. a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in a major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work;
  3. rank in the upper one-third of a college, university, or major subdivision or
  4. membership in a national honor society or successful completion of one full year of graduate level study.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/.

Additional details regarding Superior Academic Achievement can be found at:http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/QualificationReqs.asp

Applicants using any education to qualify MUST submit copies of college transcripts or a list of college courses taken that identify for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. An unofficial transcript is acceptable to qualify, but it must include your full name and you may be asked to submit an official transcript prior to appointment, if you are selected.


 

All applicants selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Employment is also contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. 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 compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:
Educational Experience
Work Experience
Research Skills
Social Organizations
Interpersonal Skills


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Direct Deposit is required in accordance with 31 CFR 208.

You will be required to serve a trial period of 1 year.

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 the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility 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.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - The 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 CTAPconsideration, 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, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established ranking criteria. 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.gov/ctap/index.asp

Veteran Preference - If you are entitled to veteran preference, you must indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation as specified below.

In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified).

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 http://www.sss.gov/.

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 accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.



HOW TO APPLY:

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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Any Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 16, 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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 660153. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission. Online Questionnaire

Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/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:

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  • Résumé
  • Transcripts
  • Qualifications (see Other Information)
  • Veterans Preference documentation (see Other Information)


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 660153
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, or mail. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please be sure to include all of the following information in your résumé:
Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Social Security Number. Giving your Social Security Number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it.
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education:
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Karen Jung
Phone: (202)514-8885
Email: KAREN.JUNG@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Personnel Staff
450 5th Street NW
Suite 3100
Washington, DC
20530

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a reveiw of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

ATR-12-08A

Control Number:

316190700