Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 06, 2019
Closes
Jul 09, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

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Responsibilities

The following are a few duties of this position at the GS-11. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. The incumbent will assist in:

-Contacts the appropriate office to obtain administrative files; reviews files and researches legal issues.

-Drafts various motions for filing with the court.

-Drafts formal and informal discovery for attorney review.

-Monitors all deadlines imposed by statute, the courts, and office procedures.

-Drafts counsel settlement memorandum for manager approval.

-Assists attorneys in preparing cases for trial, including the maintenance and compilation of trial exhibits.

-Closes cases taking into account the statute of limitations and office procedures.

-Assist attorneys with refund litigation cases.

-Drafts defense letters in non-complex general litigation cases.

-Assists in identifying and the hiring of expert witnesses.

-Assists with summons enforcement.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact careerconnectorhelp@do.treas.gov
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.


You must meet the requirement of this announcement before the closing date.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds 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.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process. Prior to entrance on duty or receipt of an official job offer, a selectee must receive favorable results for fingerprints and tax clearance for the last three years tax returns filed.
  • A background security investigation, including a tax audit, will be initiated prior to appointment. After entrance on duty, failure to successfully meet the background investigation and favorable adjudication requirements may be grounds for termination.


Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes: writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, and affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; assisting in the preparation of paperwork necessary for processing and completion of the case; assisting the attorney in the presentation of the case; conducting information collection and researching statutes and precedents.

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

GS:09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

OR

You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

Education

Additional information

We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
  • Please note that relocation/moving expenses will not be paid.
  • This is a bargaining-designated position.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • All application materials become the property of the Office of Chief Counsel and will not be returned.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Ability to perform legal research; Ability to analyze and evaluate legal documents; Ability to deal with others effective; Ability to communicate orally and in writing; and Knowledge of terminology used in legal work in order to prepare or correct legal documents. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, Category A, Category B, or Category C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ), you must be assigned the Category B or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) [Optional: link to bureau site for cover letter tips, if applicable.] To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips .

CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, please go to http://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/ctap-ictap.aspx .

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge by no later than the closing date of this announcement. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. If you are claiming preference but are currently still in the military, you must submit a memo from your current military personnel office. This memo must include years of service, projected terminal leave date, campaign and expeditionary medals (including purple heart if applicable) and a statement about the character of service (honorable). You will only receive preference based on the documentation you submit. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspxhttp

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.

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.

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