Job Title:Paralegal Specialist - DEU
Agency:Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:OS-2013-0001
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year|
|Thursday, December 13, 2012 to
Monday, December 31, 2012|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full-Time, Competitive Service -
This is a Full-Time Permanent Appointment.|
|1 vacancy -
Washington, DC, USView Map|
WHO MAY APPLY:
All Qualified Candidates
OUR MISSION: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the Nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.
This position is located in the Office of the Secretary. The Office of the Secretary validates commission documents and actions; issues, and serves as the legal custodian for official Commission documents and records, and provides substantive and procedural support to the Commission and Commission staff in a variety of areas. By working in the Office of the Secretary, Paralegals will be exposed to issues relating to every office within the agency.
Among other functions, the Office of the Secretary creates official and staff minutes recording Commission decisions; conducts historical research and provides analysis to the Commission and to the staff; serves as intermediary between the Commission and the staff; and implements the circulation, voting and other procedures by which the Commissioners make official decisions. These positions may involve frequent contact with senior agency staff, members of the public, and outside law firms.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- This position requires U.S. citizenship.
- Applicants must provide college transcripts.
- This position is included in the bargaining unit.
DUTIES:Back to top
At the full performance level the incumbent will perform the following duties:
- Perform all functions of the Government in The Sunshine Act for the Section, in order to ensure agency compliance with the Act;
- Enter Sunshine Act information, including votes, appropriate exemptions and other agenda information, into agency computer systems;
- Ensure that notices for public information are properly posted;
- Prepare agendas and notices for signature by the Secretary, and for forwarding Federal Register notices to the Federal Register for publication;
- Assist the General Counsel's Office with preparing Annual Report of the FTC, and the Commission's annual report to Congress on activities under the Government in the Sunshine Act;
- Advise FTC staff by telephone or in person of the correct format for written submissions to the Commission;
- Inform FTC staff of completed Commission Actions;
- Assign recommendation packages from the Commission staff to the Commissioners in full compliance with Commission, Office, and procedures;
- Prepare and process all documents approved by the Commission, including Commission complaints, orders, letters, Federal Register Notices, and other official public and nonpublic documents, for review and signature by the Secretary;
- Prepare minutes recording official Commission actions by analyzing Commission and staff memoranda and related documents; circulate draft minutes for approval by the Commission; and upon final approval, enter minutes into the Official Commission Minute Book;
- Enter data into and retrieve data from various agency computer systems regarding Commission circulations and votes;
- Generate and verify the accuracy of computer reports for Commission officials;
- Perform factual and legal research of Commission historical policies, procedures, decisions, and precedents for FTC staff, and prepare memoranda detailing findings;
- Perform preliminary screening of staff submissions, including recommendations and action documents, prior to review by attorneys, to determine if all required documents are included, and forward submissions to the Commission;
- Work with Commissioners, Attorney-Advisors, and staff to prepare official documents for placement on the Commission’s official record, including on the public Website and in the nonpublic Intranet and agency document management system;
- After Commission action has been completed, determine where to forward background papers so FTC staff can process action documents and comply with Commission directives;
- Draft summaries of Commission rulings for inclusion in the agency’s official decision volumes;
- Assist in the organization, maintenance, and publication of the agency’s official decision volumes on the public Commission website;
- Identify and implement efficiency improvements;
- Proofread official documents for proper spelling, grammar, format, arrangement of material; and Perform special projects and assignments as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service, which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Specialized Experience at the GS-09 level: Possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level, or its non-Federal equivalent which may be demonstrated by limited experience writing, editing, and reviewing legal documents; performing legal research; preparing minutes; generating, preparing and verifying reports; ensuring that documents meet compliance requirements; providing advice and making recommendations to legal staff; and performing administrative duties such as greeting visitors, scheduling meetings, typing, filing, etc. Specialized experience must include knowledge of and experience conducting legal and relevant industry research and producing written and oral reports based on interviews, research and data analysis.
Specialized Experience at the GS-11 level: Possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level, or its non-Federal equivalent which may be demonstrated by in depth experience writing, editing, and reviewing legal documents; performing legal research; preparing minutes; generating, preparing and verifying reports; ensuring that documents meet compliance requirements; providing advice and making recommendations to legal staff; and performing administrative duties such as greeting visitors, scheduling meetings, typing, filing, etc. Specialized experience must include knowledge of and experience conducting legal and relevant industry research and producing written and oral reports based on interviews, research and data analysis.
All applicants must apply through USAJOBS.gov
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation: 1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below). 2. Your responses to the eligibility questions. 3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions. 4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting. You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process: STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided. STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application. STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application. STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you. APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST The following information is required of all applicants: __ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position __ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code) __ Social security number __ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen __Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference) __SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference) __ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position. For each period of Work experience include: ___Job title ___Series/grade (if Federal employment) ___Duties and accomplishments ___Employer's name and address ___Supervisor's name and contact information ___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year) ___Number of hours worked per week ___Salary ___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer ___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.) ___Certificates/licenses (current) ___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments ___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position) ___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.