Paralegal Specialist GS-0950-11/12 (DEU-KD)
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
- A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
- Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
Applicants must possess one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:
--One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of paralegal duties that require a range of knowledge of paralegal assistance principles, concepts, policies and practices, particularly in the area of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Examples of specialized experience may include: reviewing FOIA requests to determine applicability of the act; reviewing the content of records and documents to make determinations of disclosure under FOIA ensuring sensitive information is redacted as appropriate; drafting correspondence in response to FOIA requests; following FOIA recordkeeping and reporting requirements; noting and correcting case file deficiencies before sending the case on to the concerned trial attorney; reviewing and analyzing available precedents relevant to cases under consideration for use in presenting case summaries to trial attorneys; gathering, sorting, classifying, and interpreting data from private enterprise and labor organizations to discover patterns of possible discriminatory activity; interviewing industrial and union representatives, employees, and potential witnesses to gather information; reviewing s and analyzing relevant workforce statistics; performing statistical evaluations as supporting data for case litigation; consulting with statistical experts on reliability of statistical evaluations; and testifying in court concerning relevant data.
--OR a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study pertinent to legal analysis work such as law;
--OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a field of study pertinent to legal analysis work such as law;
--OR 1-year of combined graduate education and experience as defined.
Applicants must possess one of the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:
-- One year of specialized experience equal to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of paralegal duties that require a range of knowledge of paralegal assistance principles, concepts, policies and practices, particularly in the area of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Examples of specialized experience may include: analyzing FOIA requests to determine applicability of the act; conducting research and analysis of the content of records and documents to make determination of disclosure under FOIA; composing a variety of written correspondence (reports, information papers, fact sheets, statistical summaries, emails) and maintaining a complete and accurate case file of records responsive to individual FOIA requests in responding to inquiries from a broad range of requesters; analyzing potentially responsive FOIA databases and implements complex data extraction techniques for information contained in various email, databases and tracking systems; performing specialized legal research in support of Attorney staff including research of legislative intent, controversial judicial precedents, case law, law review articles, and slip opinions, analyzing legal decisions; compiling substantive information on legal subjects; collecting, analyzing, and evaluating evidence in connection with contract and tort appeals, tort litigation and appeals, personnel litigation; preparing a variety of substantive legal documents to include various motions, appeal files, claim denials, protest reports and litigation reports, and other legal actions required; and providing a variety of litigation legal assistance and technical work requiring a specialized knowledge of processes, procedures, and practices to support legal activities.
You must meet ALL qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
- 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.
- Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
- Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
- Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
- The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
- DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
- THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
--Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Information Management; Customer Service; Decisionmaking; Compile/Analyze data; Administrative Support.
--Basis of rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
--NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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