Paralegal

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 20, 2019
Closes
Jul 28, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Paralegal Specialist works in the Office of General Counsel of the Copyright Office, and performs legal research and analysis; collects, analyzes, and prepares documents for disclosure in response to litigation or FOIA requests; drafts documents and materials; monitors dockets and filings; and maintains legal files.

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Responsibilities

The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world's largest database of copyright public records; and provides information and reference services to the public.

The position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Register, U.S. Copyright Office.

The position description number for the position is 386466 and is at full performance level.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit positions.

Using a working knowledge of copyright law, performs legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, ruling, and memoranda and regulations, selecting from these materials pertinent principles of law before preparing memoranda or digests of the points of law at issue. May make recommendations of courses of action to follow, subject to attorney review and approval. Also analyses facts and legal questions presented by Copyright Office personnel administering specific Federal laws or Copyright Office Regulations, providing answers in those cases where the matter has been settled by precedents or agency policy.

Examines and evaluates requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; conducts document search, review, and collection to determine if documents or segregable portions of them can be released. Consult with other Federal and State agencies regarding the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act regulations and related cases and requests, and assist with any ensuing litigation.

Prepares materials for civil litigation, including the collection and assembly of material to form the administrative record or relevant discovery in litigation, and assisting with search, review, and processing. Prepares litigation reports in connection with lawsuits filed against the agency. Responds to inquiries from Copyright Office personnel and other persons regarding the applicability of federal laws and the Copyright Office regulations to various situations, directing his/her attention to the policy which may be used in decision-making.

Drafts proposed regulations and other submissions to the Federal Register, and policy-related and congressionally-directed documents, including cite-checking, blue-booking, proofing, and formatting materials. Helps maintain Office-wide style guide for regulatory and policy documents. Prepares official written materials for posting on copyright.gov, Newsnet, social media, or intranet, and communicates and collaborates with all relevant departments within the Library/Copyright Office to further the communication goals of the Office of General Counsel.

Monitors civil dockets in cases where the Copyright Office is a party, or the government may otherwise have an interest in the copyright matter being litigated, and communicates with other relevant personnel. Works with assigned attorneys and other agencies to facilitate timely Copyright Office filings before federal courts.

Maintains the Office's legal records and works to actively maintain organization and improvement of file management, in coordination with attorneys, administrative assistants, and others in OGC or PIA or the Office of the Register of Copyrights.

Helps to plan copyright law and policy events, hearings, roundtables, speeches, symposiums, etc., including preparing slides or presentation materials, coordinating logistics, managing invitation lists, working with other departments on procuring resources, invitations, and other related duties.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.**

Ability to conduct legal research and analysis.**

Ability to monitor civil dockets and legal filings.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship and interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to plan, organize and execute work.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.

The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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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