To be eligible at the GS-9 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience.
Grade 09: Qualifying experience for the GS-09 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a basic knowledge of legal research and the ability to interpret legal decisions. Examples of specialized experience may include the following: conducting legal research and analysis of data in response to complex or sensitive requests; preparing legal memoranda or reports; using automated legal research tools to research legal questions; researching and reviewing legal references, legal citations, case files, and other sources for information and data required by attorneys.
To be eligible at the GS-11 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience.
Grade 11: Qualifying experience for the GS-09 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing paralegal or legal work demonstrating experience researching and analyzing legal issues and conducting legal and factual research; preparing legal documents, correspondence and summaries of analysis; tracking legislation; and utilizing computerized databases in a legal environment.
One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.); OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. (You must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification).
Combining Education and Experience:
Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year. To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of hours that exceed 18 semester hours or your school's definition of one year of graduate study. Then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 18 or your school's definition of one year of graduate study. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100 %. (You must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification).
Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a J.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or I possess a J.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a field of study that provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a paralegal specialist. (You must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification).
Combining Education and Experience:
Combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. (NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of the first two years [36 semester hours] may be credited when using this option. (You must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification).
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.
Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this position that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified.
Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Ability to analyze facts and research legal issues.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to utilize complex information technology systems.
- Ability to network and interact with management officials and other professional contacts.
- Ability to accomplish complex and multifaceted tasks with minimal supervision and operate in an environment where initiative and self-discipline are essential.
Also, the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOC's) must be demonstrated throughout your resume; however, a separate narrative is not required.
(1) Ability to analyze and evaluate the relevance of particular technical evidence or questions which arise in the conduct of specialized legal programs.
(2) Ability to perform extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions, and opinions that may be applicable to particular legal matters.
(3) Ability to investigate and become thoroughly familiar with subject matter details involved in a case or legal matter.
(4) Ability to determine the specific data needed and best approach to obtain this data or to determine the relevance or sufficiency of available legal, technical (e.g., financial, statistical), or other related data.
(5) Skilled in coordinating actions with other Federal agencies that have closely related responsibilities. To preview questions please click here.