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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Drug Enforcement Administration

Job Announcement Number:H-OM-14-1117997-DEU-YL

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:

Monday, June 23, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

 

TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. 

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

 

Position will be filled subject to availability of funds.

 

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S Citizens

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position

DUTIES:

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These (2) positions are located in the Operations Division, Arlington, VA.

 

The incumbent independently conducts legal research of substantial variety and complexity.  Reviews and analyzes investigative reports to determine if a particular case is supported by sufficient evidence to provide a basis for prosecution.  Reviews, processes, and recommends approval of asset sharing requests received from other Federal, state and local government law enforcement agencies in civil administrative forfeitures valued at less than $1,000,000.00.  Interprets court documents to determine proper disposition of assets referred for judicial forfeiture.   Independently reviews, processes, and prepares documents covering diverse and complex legal issues or problems.  Analyzes petitions for remission or mitigation, plea agreements, and abandonments for sufficiency.  Prepares detailed memoranda and letters explaining, for the official record, all actions taken in the processing of the seizure and forfeiture. Provides training to various personnel, including state and local law enforcement officers and contractor employees, on asset forfeitures, adoptive seizures, sharing Federally forfeited assets, and the overall seizure and forfeiture process.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Grade GS-09:  Qualifying experience for the GS-09 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level that included the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and analysis sufficient to perform recurring case development and documentation assignments which are typically covered by established precedents.

 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:  The experience requirement for the GS-9 level may be met by having a Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a LL.B or J.D.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

 

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. 

 

Grade GS-11:  Qualifying experience for the GS-11 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level that included interpreting court decisions, and existing or proposed legislation; conducting legal  research, and preparing responses from internal and external organizations regarding legal obligations imposed by law or regulation.

 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:  The experience requirement for the GS-11 level may be met by having (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to Ph.D, or an equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M., if related;

 

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies:  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

 

1.  Ability to perform legal research.

2.  Knowledge of interviewing techniques sufficient to interview potential witnesses.

3.  Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

4.  Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

 


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 Occupational 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 veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligible.

 

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified). 


BENEFITS:

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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:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Drug testing is required for this position.  All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire.  Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana.  Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.  Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package.  However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from  the application process.  You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer.   Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire. http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/drug_questionnaire.pdf

To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading or faxing documents in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/priority-consideration.shtml

 

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/priority-consideration.shtml

 

How to Claim Veterans' Preference: http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/veterans-preference.shtml

 

Military Spouse Preference: http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/onjams/military_spouse_preference_info_sheet.pdf or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx  or http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19340.pdf.

Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at HelpDesk@opm.gov.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You are encouraged to apply online.   Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.   To view a copy of the assessment Questionnaire please click here: View Occupational Questionnaire

 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 27, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.  See the Required Documents Section of this announcement for fax instructions.

 

For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website:  http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/how-to-apply.shtml.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.

 

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (Drug Questionnaire, Transcript)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned.  

 

NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.gpo.gov/careers/pdfs/of0510.pdf

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

NOTE:   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.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.   The Vacancy ID is 1117997.

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

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dale Watts
Phone: (202)307-4067
Email: DALE.WATTS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
DEA Human Resources
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Springfield, VA
00000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. 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. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

 

We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

 

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: The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. 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 withdrawal from further consideration for employment regarding this vacancy.


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Job Announcement Number:

H-OM-14-1117997-DEU-YL

Control Number:

373355500