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Job Title:Legal Assistant (OA)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ENRD-14-017-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,415.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




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NOTE:  All resumes received prior to the cut-off dates (April 26, 2014; May 26, 2014; June 26, 2014; July 26, 2014; Aug. 26, 2014) will be considered.  All resumes received after the cut-off date will receive consideration for the next cut-off date until the vacancy closes. 

These positions cover Legal Assistant (OA) positions in various Sections in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD).  The primary purpose of these positions is to provide assistance to Division attorney personnel by performing a wide range of administrative legal support tasks associated with ENRD.

ENRD is a great place to work.  ENRD has continued to rank among the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 for 3 years in a row.  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. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may or may not be required one or more times per year


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must be able to type at least 40 wpm.


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• Reviews and analyzes case materials to become familiar with the case or matter. 
• Conducts searches of legal documents, court cases, and statutory references.
• Retrieves and assembles exhibits, affidavits, legal documents, briefing books and other case material in preparation for trials or  other projects.
• Assists attorneys in preparing for court and in responding to discovery orders. 
• Utilizes automated legal databases and the Internet; and selects and compiles information.
• Prepares and organizes trial exhibits, affidavits, legal documents, briefing books and other case materials in preparation for  trials or other projects.
• Provides substantive information regarding the agency policies and procedures.
• Arranges travel reservations; prepares and completes necessary paperwork for travel voucher submission.
• Composes memoranda requiring thorough knowledge of legal procedures and applicable forms; and drafts a variety of routine  documents and correspondence.
• Uses various office automation software packages including Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Concordance and Relativity to  produce a variety of documents.
• Establishes and maintain litigation case files.

•Compiles, organizes and indexes various exhibits based on instructions given and knowledge of the individual case or matter. 



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To qualify for the GS-5:  You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-4 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience must include:  applying knowledge of rules and procedures to perform a variety of legal support work, preparing routine correspondence, and completing various administrative forms; OR Education:  successfully completed 4 years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite is creditable.  This education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college or university.


A combination of especialized experience and education as listed above.  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. 

All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accredited body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see
To qualify for the GS-6:
  You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience must include:  applying knowledge of an extensive body of rules and procedures to perform interrelated and nonstandard legal support work and preparing and organizing trial exhibits and legal documents in preparation for trials and other projects.

To qualify for the GS-7:  You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-6 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience must include:  applying knowledge of comprehensive legal regulations, techniques, and procedures to perform a variety of legal assistance work.  Specialized experience includes:  conducting basic legal research such as verifying statues and citiations, developing tables of authorities, tables of contents and indices to briefs. 





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

This position requires a qualified typist with a minimum typing speed of 40 words per minute.  Applicants must self-certify their abilty to type a minimum of 40 words per minute.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT INDICATE THEIR TYPING PROFICIENCY WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION.    

This position requires office automation skills.  Some examples of office automation software include database management, and various word processing software packages (MS Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and database applications. 


All applicant's qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies.  The competencies listed below are required for this position.  Your resume must demonstrate your abilty to perform the following competencies:

• Written Communication
• Oral Communication
• Legal Research
• Database Management Systems
• Information Management

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  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 compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans’ preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans’ preference eligibles.




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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:



Schedule A:  DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.  DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resume to and reference “Federal Career Opportunities’ in the subject line. For more information, visit the Bender Consulting Services website at
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 accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



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.  Specific information and requirements can be found at: 

Veteran Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.  In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:

* For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation

* For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Selective Service:  All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or have been exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

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

Diversity Statement:  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. 





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This vacancy is also being announcement concurrently with vacancy announcement #ENRD-14-017-MP under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible to apply under those procedures.  Note:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 26, 2014.

to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



• Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
• CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
• Veteran’s Preference documentation, if applicable
• An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, 
  official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) 

Submitting Documents 

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  If you applied online and your application is complete, DO NOT fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1079526.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 26, 2014, to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:   

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.


Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number


Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.




Sherry W. Harrison
Phone: (202)616-2678
Agency Information:
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Human Resources Staff DOJ
601 D Street NW
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. 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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