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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Human Resources Activity

Hiring Organization:Defense Human Resources Activity

Job Announcement Number:DHRA-14-1100655-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 02, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Sensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Mission Statement
This is a GS-0950-09T11 position serving as a Paralegal Specialist, reporting to the General Counsel, Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA).  DHRA's mission is to provide program support, information management, and administrative services to the DoD Components on human resource matters and to collect, archive and provide information, research and analysis of human resources and other related functional area data bases for the DoD.

 

This position is located in the Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA), and the duty station is in the Office of General Counsel, Defense Human Resource Activity (DHRA). 


If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6 or www.opm.gov/disability.)

 

If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:


WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens


This position may be filled at either GS-09 or GS-11 grade level, please indicate the grade for which you want to be considered. If selected at the lower grade level, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level in the time frame allowed by regulations and upon management's request. Promotion is contingent upon satisfactory completion of required training, regulatory requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the duties. Promotion is not guaranteed or implied.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 5%

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

DUTIES:

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As a Paralegal Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

•   Reviews, collects, extracts, summarizes, and analyzes, as appropriate, information from a wide variety of legal periodicals and other authoritative sources, and ensures matters affecting DHRA's operations are referred to the appropriate Associate General Counsel and/or the General Counsel.
•   Drafts responses for the action attorney's review, assists in preparation of discovery responses, and is responsible for organizing litigation documents and files.
•   Maintains case and workload management systems for all pending cases and actions.  Organizes litigation case files into a current and coherent system; maintains historical records for closed cases; works with attorneys to track and manage pending work requests; a catalog completed actions; and, prepares data and statistics on workload information.
•  Provides administrative support to ensure a compliant DHRA Ethics Program. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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
OVERTIME: Occasionally
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.

Other Notes:
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.

http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/HiringReformRequirements/CategoryRating/index.aspx.


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.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits   



OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as meeting or exceeding the fully successful level for competencies required by the position.

ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.  Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp 

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx

REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf

*NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

REGARDING INTERVIEWS:
Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

*NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

 

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

1. Log into your USAJOBS account
2. Click Application Status within your profile to expand your application
3. Locate the job announcement and click the more information link under the Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire:
View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

• Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

• Assessment Questionnaire 
• Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee, ICTAP, etc.).

 

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide.

http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/ApplicationInfo/DoDFourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation.pdf
 

If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify:  the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge).  The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.  If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Troy L. Shoffstall
Phone: (614)692-0201
TDD: 800-654-5984
Email: TROY.SHOFFSTALL@DLA.MIL
Agency Information:
DLA Human Resources Services DoD Customers
3990 E Broad Street
Building 306
Columbus, OH
43213-2560
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  
 

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


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Job Announcement Number:

DHRA-14-1100655-B

Control Number:

367585600