Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947865

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This position is located in the Office of the Regional Counsel Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center. The purpose of this position is to serve as Paralegal Specialist with responsibility to provide direct support to attorneys who investigate, litigate or provide litigation support for the full range of cases in the Office of General Counsel.  As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


Duties

This position is located in the Office of the Regional Counsel Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center. The purpose of this position is to serve as Paralegal Specialist with responsibility to provide direct support to attorneys who investigate, litigate or provide litigation support for the full range of cases in the Office of General Counsel. (e.g. Federal Tort Claims Act, Civilian Employees' Claims Act, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, laws relating to post fund/escheat case, and laws relating to guardianship, probate, commitment, and ethics laws, rules and regulations).  Assists in the evaluation, development, litigation, and administrative hearings of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Arbitration, Unfair Labor Practices (ULP's) and grievances.

- Responsible for preparing for and attending hearings and court appearances, interviews potential witnesses for cases, prepare witnesses for testimony/hearings, provides input on settlement discussions, participates in creation of questions, reviews and prepares exhibits for witness prep.

- Prepares legal research memoranda for attorneys, drafts correspondence to opposing counsel, coordinates discovery documents for production, reviews discovery documents for use as exhibits, and investigates property damage/personal injury tort claims.

- Researches legal issues on litigation cases, legislation and statutes, researches claims including legal standards and facts, prepares legal analysis for attorneys.

- Coordinates case loads for attorneys, coordinates scheduling of hearings, assures cases are accurate in electronic case record, drafts discovery, motions, and pleadings for attorney review.

- Drafts pleadings, discovery, and other documents, reviews opposing pleadings, discovery, etc., prepares investigation reports on tort cases, ensures claims, etc. filed against agency are legally sufficient.

Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Flexible work schedule may be available.)Position Description Title/PD#:  PD# 807063 and 807062Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.