Job Title:PARALEGAL SPECIALIST
Department:Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:LAG-PLA-759848-BB-029
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year|
|Thursday, October 04, 2012 to
Thursday, October 11, 2012|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time -
|3 vacancies in the following location(s):|
Falls Church, VA United StatesView Map
Laguna Niguel, CA United StatesView Map
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Employees Only|
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws and protects federal facilities. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.
ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/
Who May Apply:
- Current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees in the competitive service who is serving on a career or career-conditional appointment.
- For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
Organizational Location: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Duty Locations: Laguna Niguel, CA; Dallas, TX; Falls Church, VA.
Salary: The salary shown reflects the base salary rate without locality pay. Salaries vary by geographic location. The following link displays the pay tables by geographic area: http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Note: One or more positions may be filled using this announcement.
This is a NON-BARGAINING UNIT position.
- U.S. Citizenship
- Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
- Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
- Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
DUTIES:Back to top
Duties: As a Paralegal Specialist with the Office of Principal Legal Advisor, you will provide support to staff attorneys performing such duties as:
- Research and analyze relevant legislation, regulations, case precedent, and various other legal issues;
- Receive, analyze, and recommend action on submissions or requests related to legal proceedings and assist in case preparation for litigation;
- Select, assemble, summarize, and compile essential information by use of statutes, regulations, department orders, digests, commentaries, legal instruments, and other legal references material;
- Prepare answers to non-complex motions and standard responses to alien motions and appeals; and
- Develop and evaluate all materials, evidence, facts and circumstances relating to the case and make determinations, decisions, and recommendations within the requirements of the laws and regulations.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
GS-11: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:
- One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to perform thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable and relevant to case preparation, identifying appropriate sources of information, using automated tools, and evaluating the relevance of and summarizing substantive information; OR
- A Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree); three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a L.L.M in a directly related qualifying field. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position; OR
- A combination of successfully completed creditable education and experience.
GS-12: You must meet the following to qualify at the GS-12 level:
- One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to prepare the most difficult and/or complex drafts, briefs, litigation papers, and /or advisory opinions; conduct extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions as well as review and evaluate the relevance of and summarizing substantive information and use automated and other legal research procedures and methods (i.e. LEXIS, CASE, ALIAS, and Westlaw).
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Time in Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Oral Communication, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Reasoning, Technical Competence, and Writing.
Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100. Applicants will be referred for selection in accordance with the terms of the agency merit promotion plan.