Job Title: Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist)Job Announcement Number: DE-13-SOL-03
Department: Department Of Labor
Agency: Office of the Solicitor
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/ Per Year
Thursday, June 06, 2013 to
Sunday, July 07, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Eligible students from qualifying educational institutions. Refer to Qualifications section for more information.
Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.
This position is located in the Division of Federal Employees’ and Energy Workers’ Compensation, (FEEWC), which is one of the national Office divisions in the Office if the Solicitor. The Division is responsible for providing legal services to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) in connection with workers’ compensation claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA),the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), and related statues. The division also provides legal services to all agencies of the Department in connection with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Military Personnel and Civilian Employee Compensation Act (MPCECA), and related statues.
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
- US Citizen or Non-Citizen as allowed by law.
- Must be at least 16 years of age.
DUTIES:Back to top
Incumbent serves as a paralegal specialist in the Subrogation Unit and is responsible for his or her own personal case load of subrogation matters. The Subrogation Unit is responsible for thousands of cases referred to FEEWC by OWCP in order to determine whether FECA claimants should be required to seek damages from third parties potentially liable for FECA-covered injuries and illnesses and for monitoring any litigation seeking such damages.
Incumbents make initial case analysis to determine that sufficient evidence exists to indicate third-party liability involving the injury or death of a Federal employee or other covered beneficiary. Incumbent also determines advisability of instituting proceedings against a third party given both the past and projected future expenditures of Government funds and the probable cost of securing a recovery.
Incumbent provides assistance in the development of the third-party claim by offering assistance to private attorneys and employees, providing copies of relevant documents from the employee’s OWCP case file, and by explaining obligations imposed by the subrogation provisions of the FECA. For employees who are negotiating settlements without the assistance of a private attorney, incumbent advises employees of the applicable statute of limitations to their cause of action as well as how to present a claim. Incumbent also counsels employees to seek private counsel, if deemed appropriate.
Incumbent drafts a variety of legal correspondence concerning application of the subrogation provisions of the FECA and the calculation of the Government‘s statutory right of reimbursement for disbursements made in accordance with the provisions of the FECA.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.
To be eligible for appointment, current students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Appointee must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.
Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.
Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for appointment, provided that they meet an exception to certain legal restrictions. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship.
The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period.
To qualify for a GS-7 position applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program at an accredited university and have one (1) full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate. Current students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. If appointed, you must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship. You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the ?Required Documents? section of this announcement.
In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the ?Qualifications and Evaluations? section of this announcement for more details.
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.).
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