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Job Title:Treasury Recent Graduates Program (Paralegal Specialist)

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:CCDP-13-PP22

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,431.00 to $54,028.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Recent Graduates appointment (initial appointment will not exceed one year.)

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Detroit, MI, USView Map
New York - New York, NY, USView Map
Westbury, NY, USView Map
Philadelphia, PA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any US citizen who meets the requirements of the Treasury Recent Graduates Program as described below under the section "QUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONS."

JOB SUMMARY:

WH0 IS THE OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL, IRS? The Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax law firm in the country.  The Office of Chief Counsel serves America’s taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. Consider working for Chief Counsel. We are as interested in your career as you are!

WHO IS SMALL BUSINESS/SELF EMPLOYED?   

The Office of Division Counsel Small Business/Self Employed is the largest Chief Counsel division, with attorneys assigned to 49 field offices.  These attorneys work directly with IRS field agents providing legal advice on tax cases involving individuals and small businesses, and on all cases involving collection and bankruptcy issues.  When these cases go to trail, SB/SE attorneys are the IRS litagators, with direct responsibility for identifying the desired legal theories, developing the trail strategies and representing the IRS in court. 

WHAT DOES A PARALEGAL DOAs a paralegal in Small Business/Self Employed, you will provide legal and quasi-legal assistance to SB/SE attorneys.  You will conduct legal research and analyses of issues and matters within the Division's jurisdiction and participate in the development of cases.

WHAT IS THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? The Pathways Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government and is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. 

Successful applicants are placed in a 1 year dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. Graduates who meet all the requirements at the end of the program may be non-competitively converted to a permanent appointment, or to another time limited appointment.  If you are converted, you will be placed into a Paralegal position with non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level.  

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? If you are interested in finding out additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to the following website: www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact careerconnectorhelp@do.treas.gov.

DUTIES:

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As a Paralegal, you will receive on the job training and assist higher level Paralegals and Attorneys with the following:

 

  • Contacting the appropriate office to obtain and review files; researches issues; and analyzes files;
  • Preparing non-rountine jurisdictional motions;
  • Drafting counsel settlement memorandum;
  • Conducting indepth rearch;
  • Preparing cases for trial;
  • Assisting attorneys in the maintenance and compilation of trial exhibits;
  • Closing cases; and
  • Analyzing pleadings and the administrative file;

  





QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the Paralegal position at the grade 5 level, you must meet one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's Degree or have completed four years or more of education above the high school level in a qualifying educational institution OR

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level of the Federal government that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience may include writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, and affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; preparing in the preparation of paperwork necessary for processing and completion of the case; assisting the attorney in the presentation of the case; conducting information collection and researching statutes and precedents.  This list is not inclusive.

D. A combination of qualifying education and experience equivalent to that described above.

 

To qualify for the Paralegal position at the grade 7 level, you must meet one of the following:

A. One year of related graduate education at an accredited college or university OR

B. Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: (1) A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or (2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or (3) rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or (4)membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR

C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level of the Federal government that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience may include writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, and affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; preparing in the preparation of paperwork necessary for processing and completion of the case; assisting the attorney in the presentation of the case; conducting information collection and researching statutes and precedents.  This list is not inclusive.

D. A combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equivalent to that described above.

NOTE: Superior Academic Achievement is credited only if applicant has completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree. 

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

 

To qualify for the Paralegal position at the grade 9 level, you must meet one of the following:

A. A master's or equivalent degree (such as an LL.B or JD) that is related to the position and, as such, has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of a paralegal. OR

B. Completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a field that is related to the position and, as such, has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of a paralegal.  OR

C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level of the Federal government that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience may include writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, and affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; preparing in the preparation of paperwork necessary for processing and completion of the case; assisting the attorney in the presentation of the case; conducting information collection and researching statutes and precedents.  This list is not inclusive.

D. A combination of qualifying graduate education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and experience equivalent to that described above.


Applicants must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible for the Recent Graduate Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Be a U.S. citizen; 

AND meet one of the following options:

  • Have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; OR  
  • Have completed all educational requirements, as stated in the previous bullet, between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 (exception provided by Pathways regulations.)

NOTE: Veterans, who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying at a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility.   The veteran's eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date all educational requirements were completed.  

 

In addition to eligibility requirements above, you must also:

  • Meet minimum qualification requirements for the position as defined under "Qualifications";
  • Submit all documentation listed under "Required Documents"; and
  • Be at least 16 years of age.

All requirements above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application includes your:

  1. Resume; (Tips for preparing your resume can be found at http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf)
  2. Responses to the online questions;
  3. All documentation listed under "Required Documents"; and
  4. Cover letter (optional). (Tips for preparing your cover letter can be found at http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf)

 Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position.

 

If you are eligible and qualified, your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, and past accomplishments relevant to the duties of the position. As part of the online application process, you will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Knowledge of principles, concepts and methodology used in research; Skill in the use of computer programs (i.e., Westlaw, Lexis, MS Word, Excel, and Access) to extract and input information; Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

 

Based on your responses to the online questions you will be tentatively assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Category A, Category B, Category C). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality group. All other preference eligibles will be listed and considered before non-preference eligibles within the same quality group.  You may be required to participate in a selection interview either in person or by phone. Chief Counsel will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. 

NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that your qualifications and/or responses are not supported by your resume or transcript, your eligibility will be adjusted.  Please follow instructions carefully.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.  Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc 

Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.



OTHER INFORMATION:

  1. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  2. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  3. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  4. Selectees are subject to a trial period.
  5. Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process. Prior to entrance on duty or receipt of an official job offer, a selectee must receive favorable results for fingerprints and tax clearance for the last three years tax returns filed.
  6. A background security investigation, including a tax audit, will be initiated prior to appointment. After entrance on duty, failure to successfully meet the background investigation and favorable adjudication requirements may be grounds for termination.
  7. Male selectees born after December 31, 1959 must provide proof of registration with the Selective Service System or that they are exempt from having to do so.
  8. All application materials become the property of the Office of Chief Counsel and will not be returned. 
  9. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  10. This is a bargaining unit-designated position.


HOW TO APPLY:

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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing.  We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.  Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" Button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by: document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. 

Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. 

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet. We strongly encourage that you fax the supporting documents at least 12 hours prior to the closing date. If you are unsure of how to obtain the fax cover sheets or you have problems faxing please email the contact name given for additional assistance.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date of the announcement.

1. VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. If you are claiming preference but are currently in the military, you must submit a memo from your current military personnel office. This memo must include years of service, projected terminal leave date, campaign and expeditionary medals (including purple heart, if applicable) and statement about the character of service (honorable). Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

2. EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.  All undergraduate and graduate college transcripts including transcripts from transfer schools must be submitted.  To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Accreditation. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Proof of Creditability

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deanna Porter
Phone: 972-308-7362
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Deanna.R.Porter@irscounsel.gov
Agency Information:
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
4050 Alpha Rd., 14th floor
Dallas , TX
75244
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings."

Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

CCDP-13-PP22

Control Number:

337983900