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Job Title:Legal Assistant (Office Automation/OCDETF)

Department:Department Of Justice

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

Job Announcement Number:13-CAE-795931-MS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,522.00 to $59,777.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 03, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0986-07/08

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

08

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys - Current permanent competitive service employees in all U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys, plus well-qualified surplus and displaced DOJ employees (CTAP) in the local commuting area.

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.

 

Sacramento, the state capital, is located in the heart of California.  The city has been on the move since it became the capital in 1854 and is now one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.  Sacramento is home to professional ballet, opera, and theatre companies, including the Sacramento Music Circus, providing a wide range of cultural activities and events.  Professional sports are represented by the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, and the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team.  Bound by two rivers, water recreation tops the list for outdoor activities such as salmon fishing, river rafting, and boating.  Nearby Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma offer sailing and windsurfing.  Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and approximately 90 miles west of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, providing numerous recreational opportunities for skiing and boating enthusiasts.

 

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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As the primary Legal Assistant (Office Automation) in the area of Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), you will serve as the focal point in providing expert advice on legal support work and will perform the most difficult and complex support assignments for Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division in the Sacramento office.  Duties include (but are not limited to): 

·         Provide technical advice to lower graded support staff regarding procedures and processing requirements of legal actions.

·         Recommend and implement internal procedures relating to legal assistance functions in the area of expertise (OCDETF).

·         Examine and make substantive processing determinations or initiates other actions based on analysis of the situation or circumstances behind the documentation submitted.

·         Research case files and/or make appropriate inquiries to AUSAs, other legal support staff, and/or agents to identify and maintain the status of cases with organized crime/drug activity.

·         Prepare narrative summaries of cases.

·         Prepare coded descriptions of defendants and defendants’ drug-related activity.

·         Prepare various forms and reports in accordance with OCDETF directives and office policy.

·         Analyze information received from AUSAs to determine required legal documents needed and ensure preparation necessary to complete files.

·         Monitor and track OCDETF activity within the Eastern District of California.

·         Perform research of case activity, compile data and prepare reports for submission to Core City Coordinator.

·         Plan, organize, and coordinate events to promote the OCDETF program.

·         Compile, organize and index various evidentiary exhibits for trial.

·         Provide clerical and administrative support assistance to serviced AUSA staff.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required:  Occasional travel required.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-7:  To be eligible at the GS-7 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. 

Specialized experience is defined as experience performing the following types of duties:  preparing documents required for Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations and/or reports, and/or experience supporting attorneys assigned to OCDETF, to include preparing legal documents and correspondence for OCDETF cases.

GS-8:  To be eligible at the GS-8 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level.

Specialized experience is defined as experience performing the following types of duties:   performing complex assistance work such as reviewing reports, performing legal research to verify citations and statutory references or to prepare case summaries, tracking and reporting on complex data, preparing documents required for OCDETF investigations and/or reports, experience coordinating and scheduling task force or other events; and/or experience directly supporting attorneys assigned to OCDETF, to include preparing legal documents and correspondence for OCDETF cases.

To be qualified, you must type at least 40 words per minute based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors. (A typing test may later be required.)

 


 

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

Time-in-Grade:Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

Attention to Detail:  Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Self-Management:  Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Legal, Government and Jurisprudence:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

Managing and Organizing Information:  Identifies a need; gathers, organizes, and maintains information; determines its importance and accuracy, and communicates it by a variety of methods.

Oral Communication:  Expresses ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters atmosphere of open communication.

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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

 

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, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.



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 Friday, December 07, 2012.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the upper right hand corner of this screen.  You will either need to create an Application Manager account or log in with your current user id and password.  Once you log in, 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, 795931 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.pdfYou 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:

Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal
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, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Martha Bryant
Phone: (916)554-2749
Email: MARTHA.BRYANT@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Eastern District of California
Please do not mail applications
Sacramento, CA
95814

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 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:

13-CAE-795931-MS

Control Number:

332246600