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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist (Bankruptcy)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, U.S. Trustee Program

Job Announcement Number:UT-14-1164935

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,512.00 to $84,990.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Wilmington, DE View Map
Minneapolis, MN View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
More Locations  (1)

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

This vacancy has been amended to add vacancies available in New York.

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career with access to a generous benefits package, consider the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP or Program) as your employer of choice.

The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice with responsibility for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States – from chapters 7, 12, and 13 consumer cases to major chapter 11 business reorganizations.  The Program’s mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the public.  USTP employees headquartered in Washington, DC, and in 93 field office locations across the country handle a wide range of administrative, regulatory, and enforcement matters.  Of particular importance are the Program’s efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking both formal and informal civil enforcement actions and making criminal referrals to U.S. Attorneys as appropriate.  
The USTP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

    

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be required to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will serve as a Paralegal Specialist (Bankruptcy) in a field/regional office within the United States Trustee Program (USTP). 

You will be responsible for performing a variety of duties that require the application of legal knowledge and financial analytical skills to review and process cases filed under the Bankruptcy Code in direct support of the mission of the United States Trustee.  These duties include reviewing and analyzing petitions, schedules and pleadings filed under chapters 7, 11, and 13 for substantive and procedural compliance with the Bankruptcy Code, making recommendations and drafting memoranda and pleadings regarding civil and criminal enforcement efforts.  As necessary, performs legal research.  Reviews trustee final reports to ensure bankruptcy estates are properly administered and assists in the supervision of trustees appointed by the United States Trustee.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Selective Placement Factors Required for this position: Selective Placement Factors are part of the minimum requirements for a position, and applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
You must have at least six (6) months bankruptcy experience and I have knowledge of bankruptcy regulations and procedures.   Note:  Education cannot be substituted for the six months bankruptcy experience requirement.

To quality for GS-7 you must have:

You must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in the Federal government or equivalent to the GS-05 level. Specialized experience is defined as: performing legal research online or in a law library; ensuring financial records balance and appropriate assets are liquidated in accordance with applicable law and regulation; and providing legal administrative duties.
OR
 You must have competed one full year of graduate level study.
OR  
You must have a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the following provisions for Superior Academic Achievement: 1. A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of business) at the time you apply. 2. A grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed; (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum. 3. A "B+" (3.5. on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either :(a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum. 4. Election to membership in one of the national honor societies (other than freshman societies).

To quality for GS-9 you must have:
You must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in the Federal government or equivalent to the GS-07 level.  Specialized experience is defined as: performing legal research online or in a law library; ensuring financial records balance and appropriate assets are in accordance with applicable law and regulation; and providing legal administrative duties;reviewing bankruptcy petitions and schedules for compliance with substantive and procedural requirements and technical accuracy; and drafting motions, routine judicial pleadings, various types of memoranda, notices, etc.
OR
You must have completed have a master’s or equivalent degree
OR
You must have two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education degree or LL.B or J.D in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.

To quality for GS-11 you must have:

You must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in the Federal government or equivalent to the GS-09 level.  Specialized experience is defined as: performing legal research online or in a law library;
ensuring financial records balance and appropriate assets are liquidated in accordance with applicable law and regulation; providing  legal administrative duties; reviewing bankruptcy petitions and schedules for debtor compliance with substantive and procedural requirements and technical accuracy; drafting motions, routine judicial pleadings, various types of memoranda, notices, etc.; assisting with the preparation of cases for trial and participating in court proceedings; resolving tax and other claims issues; and drafting complex memoranda; complaints and motions; and participating in field exams and on site review of trustees.

OR
You must have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or LL.M in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.

A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify for all levels.


  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Skill in performing legal research and analysis on the administration of bankruptcy cases.
  • The Ability to use and apply the Bankruptcy Code, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures, local bankruptcy rules applicable case law, and other reference material.
  • Knowledge of applicable automation support hardware/software and case management application to perform data retrial assignments, and to provide technical support to others staff.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Ability to communicate orally, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.


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:

Suitability:
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.

Selective Service
: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov

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.
 
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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Wednesday, August 13, 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.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

•Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter desirable).
•Veteran 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.)

Performance Appraisal is required if you are a current or former Federal Employee. 

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

https://applicationmanager.gov/  or 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1164935
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 Wednesday, August 13, 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 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.

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.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Selam Assefaw
Phone: (202)353-3050
Fax: (202)616-1192
Email: SELAMAWIT.ASSEFAW@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
United States Trustee Program
Human Resources Division DOJ
441 G Street NW
Suite 6150
Washington, DC
20530 Fax: (202)616-1192

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

 

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Wilmington, DE View Map
Minneapolis, MN View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
New York, NY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

UT-14-1164935

Control Number:

375432500