You will provide administrative and legal support services to the United States Trustee (UST), Assistant United States Trustee (AUST), attorneys, and associated investigative, audit, and administrative staff by performing legal research, analysis, & case related administrative services.Learn more about this agency
The following are duties you can expect to perform at the full performance level:
- Perform a variety of complex paralegal support assignments relating to bankruptcy cases filed under title 11, U.S.C.
- Perform detailed and specialized legal research including public records.
- Examine case-related documents, e.g., financial statements, reports, inventories, invoices, and employee data, for the purpose of determining relevance to the case and legal sufficiency.
- Conduct conferences with debtors and their attorneys to collect information, and to provide information relating to title 11 procedural and financial requirements.
- Monitor the progress of pending cases and initiate action to ensure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines. Keep appropriate staff members informed about the current status of cases.
- Provide legal assistance and technical work involved in processing legal documents and storing and retrieving case information.
- Perform a variety of administrative duties in support of attorneys and auditors.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- You may be required to complete a background investigation (i.e., public trust), including drug testing.
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
- May require completion of one year probationary period
- All Federal employees are required to have their Federal salary payments directly deposited into a financial institution of their choosing.
- Resume and supporting documentation (See Required Documents Section).
- 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/.
QualificationsUPDATE TO LOCATIONS: NO POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN ATLANTA, GA.
Experience and/or Education Requirement
In order to qualify, you must meet the minimum specialized experience or education requirements described below. Additionally, if you are applying to the San Juan location, please read the statement for San Juan candidates below.
Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.
Minimum Experience Requirements
For the GS-09,
In order to qualify for the position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal government reviewing petitions and schedules for compliance with substantive and procedural requirements and technical accuracy and drafting motions, litigation papers, advisory opinions, routine judicial pleadings, and/or legal findings.
For the GS-11,
In order to qualify for the position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal government reviewing petitions and schedules for compliance with substantive and procedural requirements and technical accuracy; drafting motions, litigation papers, advisory opinions, routine judicial pleadings, and/or legal findings; and assisting with trustee oversight to include reviewing Trustee final reports and distribution reports.
Minimum Education Requirements:
For the GS-09,
You must have completed a master's or equivalent degree OR two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education; OR a LL.B or J.D. in a related field.
For the GS-11,
You must have a Ph.D, or equivalent degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education; OR LL.M 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.
We may also consider a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience to determine if you meet the total experience/education requirements.
In addition to the required minimum specialized experience/education identified above, it is preferred and desired that you have a bachelor's degree or paralegal certificate; and/or excellent organizational skills; attention to detail; ability to draft and proofread pleadings and documents and providing litigation support; experience in collecting information and documents necessary for preparing schedules; experience in preparing petitions and/or proofs of claim; calculating means test; and litigation support or adversary proceedings, reviewing plans for ability to pay, negotiating reaffirmation agreements; and complying with laws and procedures, and processing legal documents.
Applicants must meet all required qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Additionally, in order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.
FOR CANDIDATES APPLYING TO THE SAN JUAN LOCATION:
Candidates who apply to the San Juan location should be bilingual and annotate in their resume "bilingual speaking."
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 www.ed.gov.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.
NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.
DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
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.
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 resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.
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. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here.
Click here to view the Questionnaire Questions associated with this position:
These are the Competencies associated with this position:
- Technical Competence
- Operating Systems
- Attention to Detail
- Written & Oral Communication
Certificates (referral lists) generated for these positions may be shared across multiple USTP geographic locations. Upon applying to this position, you will be given the opportunity to select which locations you are interested in applying.
- Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. (cover letter optional).
- Veteran documentation, (if applicable).
- SF-50 (most recent career/career conditional, if applicable); or for reinstatement to Federal service purposes, the SF-50 that shows you have acquired competitive status
- CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
- Schedule (A) 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.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
- Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10520419
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/01/2019 to receive consideration.https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10520419~
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application . You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Willie Smith at Willie.email@example.com or (202) 616-3742 ~ to obtain an alternative application.
Agency contact information
AddressJustice, U.S. Trustee Program
Office of Admin/Human Resources
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20530
You will be notified of your application status during the hiring process, as applicable. You may check your application status by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking "Application Status". The process may take up to 6 weeks.
The four points of notification are:
- Application Received or Application Incomplete
- Minimum Qualification Requirement Met/Not Met
- Eligible (Application Referred) or Eligible (Application Not referred)
- Selected or Not Selected
*Based upon your score, you may be referred to one or multiple hiring officials, depending on your preferred location(s). If your name is referred to a hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/535898800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.