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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:12-EDNY-750362-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$43,738.00 to $56,863.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Brooklyn, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you!  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens. 

The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org.published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org.   

 

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.

 

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

 

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing paralegal support in all aspects of criminal litigation.  Typical work assignments will include:

  • Review and organize complex factual material and other documentary data for investigations and trials.
  • Provide advice on the most efficient method for preparing legal documents.
  • Use tables and citation checking with efficiency.
  • Prepare a variety of substantive legal documents to include extradition requests, grand jury and trial subpoenas, interrogatory requests, and documentation relevant to acquiring evidence or testimony.
  • Develop and enter various case material into a computer database.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and tables to illustrate results.
  • Prepare, develop, compile, or maintain jury instructions in preparing for trial.
  • Prepare exhibits for trial which typically involve a wide range of visual materials.
  • Provide litigation case management and organize cases for court presentation
    Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
    Travel Required: None.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-07: Applicants must have:

A.    One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level as described below OR

B.    One (1) full year of graduate level education as described below OR 

C.    Bachelor's degree with one of the following Superior Academic Achievement provisions:

(1) Class Standing: rank in the upper one-third of a college, university, or major subdivision or  

     (2) Grade Point Average (G.P.A.): Applicants must have a grade point average of

             (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript,   

                  or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed 

                  during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR

             (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required 

                 courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during 

                 the final 2 years of the curriculum OR

     (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society: Applicants can be considered eligible

          based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of 

          College Honor Societies.  

D. Combination of Experience and Education: A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate-level education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements.

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 adequacy and conformance with applicable laws; or selecting and analyzing information to determine the intent of statutes, treaties, and executive orders or legal decisions, opinions, and rulings; or investigating and analyzing evidence of alleged or suspected violations of laws or regulations.
Education: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.  If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. 


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 www.ed.gov.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS OR AN ITEMIZED LIST OF COLLEGE COURSES WHICH INCLUDES EQUIVALENT INFORMATION FROM THE TRANSCRIPT.

If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

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 Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Educational Experience
  • Work Experience
  • Social Organizations
  • Mathematical Skills

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.  To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions


BENEFITS:

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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

 

A relocation incentive may not be considered as appropriate based on qualifications. 

 

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/EI/benefits.asp#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

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, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on 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 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 the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on 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 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.    



HOW TO APPLY:

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You may apply online or fax in your documents.  Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status. 

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents listed below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. 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.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and use the following Vacancy ID, 750362  Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account 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.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.  You may obtain the form by using this URL link, http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission.  Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes: 

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) to include paid or non-paid experience, job titles, dates held (month, day, year), number of hours worked per week, duties, and salary.
  • Required if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50 showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Gloria Johnson
Phone: (718)254-7000
Email: GLORIA.JOHNSON@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Eastern District of New York
Please Do Not Mail Applications
Brooklyn, NY
11201

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, to include a credit check, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

12-EDNY-750362-DE

Control Number:

326966800