Supervisory Paralegal Specialist
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
- You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
- You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
- You must submit a complete application package by closing.
- You must meet all time-in-grade and qualification requirements by closing.
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
- This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service, ineligible to be included in the bargaining unit.
- This is a supervisory appointment, subject to a one-year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315.901-909; and may be subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.
- The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
- When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
- Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.
Specialized experience at the GS-9 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. This experience must include: performing factual research to supply information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs and similar legal documents; taking accurate and detailed notes during attorney proffers and witness interviews and preparing memoranda from those notes; coding electronic documents and categorizing hard copy documents in accordance with case priorities, using document review platforms; assisting with the preparation and organization of document review databases; organizing and maintaining tracking logs for case-related material; preparing and organizing charts, graphs, and other materials to be used as exhibits in court; appearing in federal court or before grand juries to testify as witness, concerning exhibits prepared to support the case.
To qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. The experience must be evident in your resume.
Specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. This experience must include: experience as a team leader, monitoring the status and progress of work assigned to staff; demonstrated ability to identify, distribute, and balance workload and task among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization; resolving simple, informal complaints of employees and referring others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to an appropriate management official; training and providing guidance to staff paralegals in office procedures, researching and writing, pre-trial and trial duties; preparing for and conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses; drafting memorandum reflecting facts, sources, citations discovered during the course of legal research or witness interview; performing preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys.
Please Note: Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive
service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies. If
your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may
receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy
is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified
for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position
and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must
provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your
written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information
about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) allows veterans to apply to announcements that are only open to "status" candidates, which means "current competitive service employees." To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either (1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR (2) a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. When applying under VEOA, you must rate and rank among the best qualified when compared to current employee applicants in order to be considered for appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.
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 basic qualifications for the position listed in this announcement. Please Note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.
If you are found to be minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The rating you receive will be based on your responses to the Questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, and will determine the rank in which you place (Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Best Qualified). The "Best Qualified" candidates will be contacted to submit a job market paper or relevant writing sample.
Your application will be further assessed based upon the following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Using Category Rating procedures, we will determine the "Best Qualified" candidates, who will then be referred for selection. Candidates within the "Best Qualified" category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
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 as errors or omissions may affect your rating..
Performance Appraisals and Awards
You will receive an additional point added to your final score for a fully successful or higher performance rating. An additional point will also be added to your final score for any one performance award received within the past three years that relates to the position for which you are applying. Please provide only one recent award. To receive credit, you must provide a copy of your performance rating and a copy of your performance award SF-50.