Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 19, 2018
Closes
Apr 19, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selectees must pass a drug test prior to appointment.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure report required.
  • Time in Grade requirements must be met.
  • To qualify for the Paralegal Specialist, PG-0950-11, you must meet the following requirements:

    You must possess one year of specialized experience at the PG-9 (or equivalent) grade level or higher. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the required knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work described. Qualified specialized experience includes: Researching relevant laws, regulations, legal articles, etc. to gather facts of cases and arranging evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation; organizing and maintaining legal documents in a paper or electronic filing system; and drafting, writing, or summarizing reports, correspondence, and other legal documents (i.e. affidavits).

    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.

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. Applicants must have served 1 year at the PG-9 level or equivalent grade level of federal service to qualify for the PG-11 grade level.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement (04/18/2018) to be considered.

    To substitute education for specialized experience, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university; or have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or an LL.M. (if related); or you may combine specialized experience and graduate level education which totals at least 100 percent. (SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S) REQUIRED BY CLOSING DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT)

    Are you using your education to qualify? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying this requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Separated Employees:
    If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; or visit the National Archives Website.

    Work Life Balance:
    The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.).

    Background Investigation:
    To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for a suitability. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months.

    The Agency may rescind the tentative offer, if the candidate is unable to obtain an interim clearance.

    Schedule A (Disability Appointment):
    Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a "medical professional's" letterhead and signed.

    Reasonable Accommodation:
    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process you must contact the HC Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least seven business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    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.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the competencies associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for the job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be made and compared against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your rating is based on both your responses to the questionnaire and information stated in your application. Please make sure that your self-ratings are supported by information in your application. The Human Capital Specialist may verify your qualifications and self-ratings during the application and selection process through quality review, interview questions, work samples, demonstrations, reference checks, and other means. Inflated qualifications may result in you being excluded from further consideration for this position.

    You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position.

    1. Technical Competence
    2. Information Management
    3. Technology Application
    4. Oral Communication
    5. Writing


    We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume must CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

    If you meet the qualifications stated above and you are among the top candidates your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further review.

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