The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0900/paralegal-specialist-series-0950/ for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Sunday, May 18, 2014.
You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position is:
Experience with basic legal principles and concepts.
Experience researching, in a timely manner, statutes, regulations, and case law.
Experience providing administrative support to agency litigation cases and to ensure a compliant Agency Ethics Program.
Experience performing with legal office adminstrative functions.
Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Experience with the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and reference sources such as statutes, regulations, agency directive issuances, court decisions, appellate records, and/or commercial legal publications sufficient to locate appropriate data such as applicable precedent, legislative history, and commentaries which bear on particular legal issues.
2. Experience with ethics program management to include tracking new entrant or departing employee compliance with OGE 450 or OGE 278 filing requirements and completion of ethics training; tracking employees' annual ethics training compliance; converting training content into an electronic form accessible to all employees; providing initial technical review of OGE 450s and OGE 278s; maintaining employee ethics files electronically and in hard copy files; and monitoring and meeting various ethics program deadlines.
3. Experience with litigation support, to include organizing litigation cases files, assisting with discovery both preparing and responding to discovery requests, drafting and tracking responses to litigation hold requests, preparing litigation calendars and arranging for witness interviews, investigations, and administrative hearings.
4. Experience with legal office management to include maintaining legal reference materials, initiating and monitoring responses to procurement requests, maintaining office files, both electronic and paper.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Sunday, May 18, 2014
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
RELOCATION EXPENSES (GOVERNMENT HOME SALE): Not Authorized
RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES: Not Authorized
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Non-Exempt
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Not Required
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.
Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining (Open to the Public):
We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
Best Qualified: Candidates who possess experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate qualify ranking factor(s). Candidates are highly proficient in all of the job requirements and can perform effectively in the position almost immediately or within a minimum amount of training and/or orientation.
Highly Qualified: The next lower category for candidates that meet the minimum qualification of the position and are proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require minimum training and/or orientation in order to perform the duties of the position.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx