Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Dec 11, 2018
Closes
Dec 11, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must meet specialized experience.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

    This position is INCLUDED in the bargaining unit.
    Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.
    More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

    The duties for a Paralegal Specialist vary in complexity:

    GS-11

    Candidates must have one full year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized Experience is defined as: Supporting attorneys and other professionals in the preparation and conduct of depositions, hearings, trials, or other litigation proceedings; experience processing large document productions and utilization of electronic litigation support systems; and experience with proofreading and editing legal drafts, including cite-checking; using and maintaining automated case-management systems to manage case files. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience.  Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements at the GS-11 is a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.  Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience for the grade in which you are applying for in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. If you are substituting education to meet the specialized experience, you MUST submit your transcript with your application prior to the closing of the announcement. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Credit for Part-time work experience will be prorated based on the number of hours worked. For example, 20 hours of work per week for a 12-month period will be credited as 6 months of work experience. Documents submitted after the closing date will NOT be accepted.

    GS-12 

    Candidates must have one full year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as: Directly supporting attorneys and other professionals in the preparation and conduct of depositions, hearings, trials, or other trial-type proceedings; significant experience processing large document productions and utilization of electronic litigation support systems; significant experience with proofreading and editing legal drafts, including cite-checking, drafting routine documents, and conducting industry research; significant experience using and maintaining automated case-management systems to manage case files.

    For information on the qualifications of a Paralegal Specialist GS-0950 please click the link below:

    Paralegal Specialist 

    If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than the top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked number one in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings. 

    Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy. Join us and help make a difference!

    FERC is ranked number 1 among mid-size agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.  FERC has consistently ranked number 1 in Work/Life Balance, as well. As a leader in Work/Life Balance FERC is proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework positions.

    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. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

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

    We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:

    • Ability to create, revise, manage, process and support document collections and other evidentiary materials in support of depositions, hearings, briefing and trials in complex enforcement, litigation or investigation proceedings.
    • Skill in using technology, particularly applied to databases and hardware and software tools used for complex litigation or investigations.
    • Ability to perform automated and manual research.
    • Ability to manage multiple complex assignments and to meet deadlines, including supervision of less experienced paralegals in a team environment.
    • Ability to assure the technical accuracy of documents.
    • Assist with provision and display of documents at hearings and depositions.
    • Serve and file documents.
    • Ability to use specialized case mapping and case presentations software.

       

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