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Job Title:PARALEGAL SPECIALIST

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Job Announcement Number:NW20950-09-779769K3480225-D

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 $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 05, 2012 to Friday, November 09, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) is the nation's fully accredited federal school of medicine and graduate school of nursing. Its education, research and consultation programs are unique, related directly to military medicine, tropical diseases, disasters medicine, military medical readiness and adaptation to extreme environments. We prepare outstanding scientists and health care practitioners for careers in service to the nation.

This position is located in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Office of the President (PRS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The USUHS Office of General Counsel is the part of the Defense Legal Services Agency which serves the USUHS community.  We provide legal advice, opinions, and direction in a proactive fashion to support the mission of USUHS administratively.  We serve the Uniformed Services and the Nation as an academic center of Medical Jurisprudence with an ecumenical perspective for teaching, scholarly activities, service and consultation in bioethics, medical/legal standards, and emerging issues of health care delivery. 

This position is responsible for providing paralegal and administrative support assistance to the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Brigade Judge Advocate and Technology Transfer Program coordinator.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • You must possess or obtain and retain a Maryland Notary Public commission.

DUTIES:

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As a Paralegal Specialist, your duties will include, but are not limited to:

·         Reviewing documents to identify materials which may be pertinent to issues and/or cases.

·         Examining information contained in case files with reference to litigation worthiness and appropriate titles of law.

·         Utilizing automated software to draft briefs, litigation papers, and/or advisory opinions.

·         Receiving and/or routing mail to staff members for action.

·         Maintaining reference library of substantive motions, briefs, instructions and other trial-related documents.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Additional qualification information should be obtained from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following qualification requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: 

GS-09: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07) level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing duties of a Paralegal Specialist to include assisting in the drafting of legal documents; assisting in the process of assembling case files and/or organizing evidence/exhibits for court cases; reviewing outgoing correspondence for grammar, proper formatting, correct attachments, etc.; experience with and/or possess a working knowledge of financial disclosure statements; and maintaining a reference library of substantive motions, briefs, instructions and/or other trial-related documents.

Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-09 level: Completion of two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR obtained an LL.B. or J.D OR has a combination of experience and graduate education as described above that equates to one year of experience.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.  To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:View Assessment Questions


EDUCATION:

 

Are you using your education to qualify? For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned).   See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

 

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

REQUIREMENTS: 

A security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.  If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume. 

Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

The work requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and carrying light items such as books, papers, and files. 

Selectee must possess or be able to obtain and retain a Maryland Notary Public commission.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below.  Additional points are not added for veterans’ preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position. 

Qualified- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

Applicants should include sufficient information in their resume/application that demonstrates their experience, knowledge, skills, training, and/or education in the following: 

·         SKILL IN APPLYING LEGAL PRINCIPLES, CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES

·         SKILL IN LEGAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

·         ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING

·         ABILITY TO PERFORM CLERICAL/ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement.  You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. 

If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


BENEFITS:

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Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.



OTHER INFORMATION:

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Federal Annuitant Information:

The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.  Policy information may be found at: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible: 

ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. A well-qualified ICTAP applicant is one whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements; however, the individual would not necessarily be considered highly or best qualified.  For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:  http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/ICTAP_Statement.pdf

Military Spouse Preference (MSP):

http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Mil_Spouse_Pref_Statement.pdf

Veteran’s Preference Information:

http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Vet_%20Preference_Statement.pdf

30% or More Disabled Veterans:

http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/30_or_%20More_%20Disabled_Vet.pdf



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Complete Resume.
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. 

 

Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, November 09, 2012

 

If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed. 

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.

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

 

If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at:   http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/ApplicationInfo_HowtoApplyviaFax.pdf. 

  

This Vacancy ID is 779769.  

 

Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.  All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.

 

** It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. 

HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The documents you are required to submit vary based on what you are claiming (i.e., applying as a veteran or disabled veteran, applying as a military spouse, etc).  Please review the following link to see if there are any documents you need to provide: Applicant Checklist-External

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DON Employment Info Center EIC
Phone: (800)378-4559
TDD: 8585775723
Email: DONEIC@NAVY.MIL
Agency Information:
USUHS
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD
20814

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement.  You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements.  

 

Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. Best qualified applicants with veterans' preference are entitled to initial selection consideration.  If there are a sufficient number of best qualified applicants with veterans' preference, only those veterans will be referred to the hiring manager.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

 

If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/NotificationSettings.aspx.

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Job Announcement Number:

NW20950-09-779769K3480225-D

Control Number:

330362300