Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Thursday, January 03, 2013.
You may qualify at the GS-11 level if you meet the following qualifications:
Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 level or above in the Federal services as a paralegal specialist. Specialized experience must demonstrate knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis sufficient to perform recurring case development. Knowledge of litigation activities of the agency and techniques to gather and analyze data and to evaluate usefulness in resolving legal issues.
Completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher graduate education or a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree with a major in paralegal studies, criminal justice, business administration, or a specialty area that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
Have less than the full amount of graduate education in a field listed in A above and less than the experience described in B, but I have a combination of graduate education beyond a master's degree or the first two years (i.e., 36 semester hours) and experience
You may qualify at the GS-12 level if you meet the following qualifications:
Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level or above in the Federal service as a paralegal specialist. Specialized experience must demonstrate knowledge of the application of various titles of law applicable to agency mission, federal and state laws governing or impacting on programs. Knowledge of legal reference sources in agency manuals, directives and issuances, court and administrative decisions and precedent, and commercial publications sufficient to perform legal research. Must be able to interpret and present orally and in writing relevant findings and conclusions.
THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION IS NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
For Merit Promotion Applicants - If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated scoring system, based on your responses to the online application process is used to determine the Best Qualified applicants.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.