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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Agency:Postal Regulatory Commission

Job Announcement Number:PRC 01-13

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$56,809.00 to $90,893.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 22, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

PG-0950-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Postal Regulatory Commission has an exciting employment opportunity for a highly motivated, highly skilled person with experience as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

The Postal Regulatory Commission is an independent agency that is part of the executive branch of the Federal government. As a small agency, we provide the opportunity to work in a professional and collegial environment with talented and committed staff and to directly contribute to the Commission’s mission.

This Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing legal guidance and assistance to the Commission by drafting and assisting in maintaining rules, regulations and procedures regarding the regulation of rates, market tests, USPS accounting practices, service standards, formal complaints, appeals, and the confidentiality of USPS data; and managing Commission quasi-judicial and appellate processes. The Office will also be defending Commission decisions before courts, assisting in recommending, ordering and enforcing compliance determinations, including issuing subpoenas as required, and managing the formal complaint process and the ethics program.

As a Paralegal Specialist within the Office of General Counsel, the incumbent supports the Office of the General Counsel in its day-to-day duties by providing paralegal support to office staff, such as formatting, reviewing and producing legal documentation. The incumbent also performs routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, and providing information to callers.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)
  • Completion of a probationary period may be required

DUTIES:

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·         Maintain and update as necessary Commission rules, including both procedural and substantive schedules.  Develop and implement procedures for continuously updating Commission legal documents and displaying such documents in convenient and easily accessible form on the Commission website, and preparing periodic updates for publication in the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.

·         Liaise with Federal Register and Government Printing Office to prepare and/or review Commission documents that are to be submitted for publication by Federal Register.  Become familiar with applicable regulations and styles, and apply that knowledge to facilitate prompt and accurate publication of Commission documents.

·         Review Postal Service Federal Register notices.  Identify proposed rules and new regulations that impact the statutory responsibilities of the Commission, and notify members of Commission staff with specific subject matter responsibility of the new or proposed regulations.

·         Provide litigation case management support in cases involving extensive agency records, discovery, exhibits, and pleadings, including assisting attorneys prepare exhibits, meet deadlines, and maintain quality standards.

·         Maintain familiarity with applicable Court and Commission procedural rules that apply to filings by and with the Commission.

·         Conduct legal research in law libraries and on computer databases such as WESTLAW, PACER,  the Commission’s and other agencies’ electronic databases, and other online sources to obtain information and materials required by Commission attorneys.  This includes legal precedent, legislative history, articles, and other information applicable to Commission responsibilities.

He/she may also:

 

  • Manage the production and format of Commission reports prepared by the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Develop appropriate styles and formats for various projects.
  • Obtain and assemble information needed by the General Counsel and office staff to prepare memoranda, correspondence, and other work products; conduct research to inform work products as needed.
  • Proofread legal documentation, including rulings, orders, motions, notices and citations, in preparation for filing.
  • Identify potential problem areas and coordinate solutions developed by senior officials.
  • Supplement tracking systems to monitor progress and assure deadlines are met.
  • Carry out special projects as directed.
  • Perform administrative office functions to include:
    • Prepare and file documents; use records in an ACCESS database.
    • Assemble and disseminate incoming correspondence and filed documents for the General Counsel and office staff.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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1.   Knowledge of litigation and court filing rules and procedures.

2.   Ability to perform legal research using automated legal databases as well as to analyze and apply legal principles and regulatory criteria to litigation matters.

3.   Ability to organize, prioritize and coordinate complex work tasks and functions in a time-sensitive office environment. (Example: managing voluminous case files and a litigation docket, and maintaining legal reference materials.)

4.   Ability to use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, and information in writing. (Example: drafting legal pleadings and correspondence and preparing summaries and reports.)

5.   Skill in editing and citing legal documents.

6.   Knowledge of PAEA and other applicable postal laws and regulations. Knowledge of PRC process and procedures, while not required, is a plus.


A.    Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association 

OR

B.    Completion of a paralegal course of study, and at least 2 years of experience as a paralegal.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated and ranked by a screening panel based on evidence of your ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. The best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After making a tentative job offer, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. You will be notified of the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this position.

If you are a male 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 Selective Service Law.

The Postal Regulatory Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness for duty, and job related qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, color, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicapping condition, or any other non-merit factor.

Applications will not be accepted if you use franked envelopes, or postage paid agency envelopes or metered mail.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applicants are required to submit the following:

1.    Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional)

2.    Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, VA letter, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit:

1.    Cover letter, two pages maximum, addressing mandatory qualifications

2.    Five-year salary history

3.    Optional Form 3046-0466, Demographic Information on Applicants (voluntary)

 

Submit application materials to:

1.    Email:  prc0113@prc.gov

2.    Postal Regulatory Commission
Attn: Human Resources
Vacancy Number: PRC 01-13
901 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20268-0001

3.    Faxed applications will be accepted, fax to 202-552-0862.

 

All applications must be received by 5 pm on April 5, 2013.

 

For more information:

You can get forms and additional information by contacting Sherri Proctor at 202-789-6869.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.   Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional)

2.  Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, VA letter, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

PRC Personnel Office
Phone: (202)789-6869
Email: PRC0113@PRC.GOV
Agency Information:
Postal Regulatory Commission
901 New York Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC
20268

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.


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Job Announcement Number:

PRC 01-13

Control Number:

340307700