Supervisory Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 09, 2019
Closes
Sep 14, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/ .

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing a wide range of legal support services to Assistant United States Attorneys involved in investigations and prosecutions in the Criminal Division, Cyber Crime Section. The incumbent will serve as the Supervisory Paralegal Specialist for the Section. Typical work assignments will include:
  • Identifying, distributing and balancing workload and tasks among the support staff assigned to the Section;
  • Providing supervisory guidance to the Section support staff who are responsible for providing paralegal and technical support to attorneys associated with Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests from foreign countries that seek electronic evidence;
  • Providing supervisory guidance and assistance in the investigation and prosecution of a variety of federal child exploitation offenses (production, distribution, advertising, receipt, and possession), as well as cases involving federal human and sex trafficking offenses affecting adults and minors;
  • Ensuring that the organizations strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team's strategies and goals;
  • Ensuring the work is technically adequate and accurate and evaluates the functions and day-to-day operations, i.e., researching, developing and recommending new systems, processes and procedures to expedite and improve and manage the work of the Section;
  • Conducting performance evaluations and ensuring that the support staff is advised of performance requirements;
  • Developing, providing and/or overseeing the provisions of on-the-job training in new procedures, processes, and cross-training development plans for the legal support staff. Recommending formal training for legal support staff;
  • Developing and maintaining operating procedures and guidelines pertinent to the work assigned within the Section;
  • Preparing reports and maintaining records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinating the preparation, presentation and communication of work-related information;
  • Managing case management support of paralegals to ensure staff has effectively organized cases to assist and prepare attorneys for court presentations, i.e., preparing and organizing exhibits;
  • Performing other duties as may be assigned.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days per year, as needed for training

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
  • If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
  • If selected, you will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period unless this requirement has been met previously.


Qualifications

GS-12 level: To be eligible at this level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience Ensuring the work is technically adequate and accurate and evaluating the functions and day-to-day operations, i.e., researching, developing and recommending new systems, processes and procedures to expedite, improve and manage the work of the Section; providing paralegal and technical support to attorneys within the Section with matters related to legal requests for electronic evidence in order to review, prepare, process, and file responses to requests for electronic evidence; applying knowledge and understanding of Internet threats, methodology, and cyber language used by computer hackers/actors and their motivation to commit Cyber Crimes/threats related primarily to electronic evidence derived from processing MLAT requests; preparing and maintaining a variety of trial-related documents, e.g ., discovery letters, exhibit lists, jury instructions, and trial subpoenas by applying a thorough knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure in conjunction with the application of practical litigative experience.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates 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 if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- The 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Education

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.

Additional information

Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

You will be rated on the following Competencies (see The Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, Appendix F for definitions):
Leadership, Legal, Government and Jurisprudence, Litigation Procedures, Oral Communication, Planning and Evaluating, and Technology Management

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
-Required: Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
-Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (month/day/year) of employment and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time)(cover letter optional).
-Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Please note your SF-50 must include your FPL in the remark section (e.g., appointment, reassignment, promotion actions), pay adjustments and awards do not include this information so they are not acceptable.
-Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
- Required, if applicable: VEOA documentation (your DD-214, Member Copy 4).

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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