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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ENRD-13-010-MPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Note:  This announcement was recently modified to extend the closing date (Monday, April 08, 2013).      

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.

This position is located in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Land Acquisition Section (LAS), in Washington, DC.  LAS is responsible for acquiring real property through condemnation proceedings for use by the Federal Government for purposes ranging from establishing public parks to homeland security, and for approving title to lands being acquired by the United States by direct purchase.  The paralegal specialist will serve as an integral member of collaborative trial teams on complex civil cases in district courts throughout the country and will be primarily responsible for case development, management and organization.

ENRD is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 5 federal subcomponents for the past five years, holding the #1 slot for three years consecutively. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro.  A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the National Mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.
We place a high value on diversity of background, experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Filling this position is subject to funding availability.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/3159 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Pre-employment background investigation is required.

DUTIES:

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As a Paralegal Specialist, you will:
 
• Serve as an electronic discovery expert responsible for creating, organizing and maintaining document databases.  This includes coordinating the collection of documents from client agencies and other parties, tracking receipt and production of documents, and working with the Office of Litigation Support to assist in processing and maintaining data.

• Regularly update and preserve case related correspondence and court filings in a document management system.  Maintain case calendars and deadlines.

• Research and analyze real estate and valuation issues.  Perform database searches, conduct document reviews and develop a comprehensive working knowledge of documents for assigned cases to assist trial team in all aspects of litigation, including case development, discovery, settlement, pre-trial hearings and trial.

• Participate in the interviews of potential fact and expert witnesses, summarize prospective testimony, and develop deposition questions and areas of inquiry. Conduct background investigations and verify credentials of experts and other witnesses.  Assist at depositions, hearings and trial. 

• Prepare memoranda on legal questions, federal court decisions and federal court procedures. Assist attorneys in verifying administrative records cites for briefings.   Cite-check, shepardize, proofread and prepare tables of contents and authorities for legal documents, such as briefs, motions, etc.

• Perform trial support activities such as managing electronic courtroom presentations, overseeing various databases for tracking documents and electronic materials, and assisting trial attorneys in preparation for and at trial.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For the GS-7:  To be eligible at the GS-7 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience are: reviewing legal documents.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the GS-7 level may also be met by one full of graduate level study, or possess a Master’s or higher degree, e.g., LL.B, J.D., LL.M, Ph.D, in law or a legal field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position.

For the GS-9: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level 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 successfully perform the duties of the position.  Examples of specialized experience are:  review legal documents, perform legal research, and handle court filings.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirement for the GS-9 level may also be met by two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.B. or J.D. degree.

For the GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 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 successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience are: experience with court procedures for filing and case administration, legal research, analysis of court decisions, and drafting legal documents.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the GS-11 level may also be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.M.
 
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.


 

       

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 evaluated against the competencies.  Applicants that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based on the rating criteria that will be used to evaluate an applicant's experience, education, and accomplishments. 

Candidates are encouraged to address the competencies required for this position. Please include the competencies in your resume or application.  Failure to submit this information may lower your overall rating for this position.

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

• Oral Communication
• Legal Writing
• Technology Application
• Legal Research
• Information Management
• Database Management Systems
• Litigation Procedures

Time-in-Grade:  Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.  Must have 52 weeks of experience at the next lower grade.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


BENEFITS:

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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/EI/benefits.asp#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP 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 (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (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 (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating 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.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA):  VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce.  To be eligible for a Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or a have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service.  If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

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 www.sss.gov.

Veteran’s Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
• For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
• For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

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, martial status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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 accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 


 



HOW TO APPLY:

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THIS IS NOT AN ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCESS

Be certain that your application/resume, whether mailed, faxed or hand carried is received by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013.

Please submit your application package to the appropriate address listed below:

Hand Delivery:  U. S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Human Resources, 601 D Street, NW, Room 2232
Washington, DC 20004
ATTN:  Cynthia Barnes, Human Resources Specialist.

To begin the process of applying to this position, you must submit your resume and any additional supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, transcript) to hr.enrd@usdoj.gov.  In the subject line of your email, indicate: Paralegal Specialist Application for ENRD-13-010 (MPP).  You must submit your application by the closing date of the announcement. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

U.S. Mail: U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
P.O. Box 7611
Washington, DC. 20004

BY FAX:  (202) 305-4866.
When faxing include a fax cover sheet which indicates:  Paralegal Specialist for ENRD-13-010 (MPP).

By Email:  hr.enrd@usdoj.gov 

When emailing include Paralegal Specialist for ENRD-13-010 (MPP) in the subject line.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

• Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).

• SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure.

• CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

Contact Information:  For questions about this job opportunity announcement, contact: Cynthia Barnes on (202) 353-2462 or by email at Cynthia.Barnes@usdoj.gov

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Barnes
Phone: (202)353-2462
Fax: (202)305-4866
Email: CYNTHIA.BARNES@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
US DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division
PO Box 7611
Washington, DC
20044-0367 Fax: (202)305-4866

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.  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:

ENRD-13-010-MPP

Control Number:

338558800