Legal Technician, GS-0986-07/08 (DE) (All Sources)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 26, 2020
Closes
Oct 04, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position serves as a Legal Technician to the Business and Administrative Law Division within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The incumbent provides legal, clerical, and technical support related to the formulation of legal opinions, the preparation of complex legal briefs and other litigation documents.

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Responsibilities

APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 125 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 125th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As a Legal Technician, GS-0986-07, you will be responsible for:
  • Obtaining information and reports from other offices within the Department and from other Federal agencies having related programs.
  • Assembling, compiling, and summarizing information from files and documents available in the office or other available sources such as OGC's Law Library.
  • Establishing new files and maintaining a variety of subject matter and correspondence files, codes, cross-references, and indexes materials.
  • Keeping files current by retiring or destroying obsolete material as appropriate.
  • Preparing time and attendance reports for the Division.
  • Relaying messages and instructions from the supervisor to others.
  • Drafting replies to correspondence from the Department of Justice, tort claimants, or others seeking information from Division staff. Drafts are normally prepared for the signature of the Assistant General Counsel and are reviewed by a staff attorney before submission.
  • Assisting attorneys in the preparation of litigation packages to be transmitted to the Department of Justice. Preparation includes typing of technical legal documents including briefs, motions, pleadings and various other long legal instruments from rough draft to final form and ensuring proper legal format and style as well as editorial accuracy (e.g. punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, etc.).
  • Typing assignments often involve specialized terminology and must be accomplished expeditiously, usually under extensive pressure.

As a Legal Technician, GS-0986-08, you will be responsible for:
  • Assisting attorneys in the preparation of litigation packages to be transmitted to the Department of Justice. Preparation includes transcription from dictation equipment or typing of technical legal documents including briefs, motion, pleadings, and various other long legal instruments from rough draft to final form.
  • Making necessary arrangement for travel by Division staff: arranging schedules of visits, making reservations, notifying organizations and officials to be visited, and submitting travel vouchers and reports to the appropriate individuals.
  • Drafting replies to correspondence from the Department of Justice, tort claimants, or others seeking information from Division staff. Drafts are normally prepared for the signature of the Assistant General Counsel and are reviewed by a staff attorney before submission.
  • Obtaining information and reports from other offices within the Department and from other Federal agencies having related programs.
  • Assembling, compiling, and summarizing information from files and documents available in the office of other available sources such as OGC's Law Library.
  • Establishing new files.
  • Maintaining a variety of subject matter and correspondence files, codes, and cross-reference, and indexes materials.
  • Keeping files current by retiring or destroying obsolete material as appropriate.
  • Assisting in preparing time and attendance cards for the Division.
  • Relaying message and instructions from supervisor to others.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
08

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period.


You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy 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. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements
You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-7 if you possess:


To qualify for the GS-07: You must have one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-06 or equivalent) in the federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Specialized Experience for the GS-7
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
1. Experience expressing information to individuals or group effectively; listening to others and responding appropriately.
2. Identifying requirements, allocating, and effectively using information, personnel, time, and other resources necessary for mission accomplishment
3. Recognizing or using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicating information in an organized manner; producing written information.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).
1. Ability to manage and organize information.
2. Ability to use computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format using document management software.
3. Skill in applied use of correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling involving proper legal-grammatical accuracy, oral, and written communication.


You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-8 if you possess:

To qualify for the GS-08: You must have one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07 or equivalent) in the federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Specialized Experience for the GS-8
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
1. Experience discovering or selecting rules, principles, or relationships between facts and other information.
2. Experience conducting legal research and analyzing routine, novel and complex legal issues.
3. Experience identifying requirements, allocating, and effectively using information, personnel, time, and other resources necessary for mission accomplishment; establishing appropriate courses of action for self and/or others to accomplish specific goals; developing evaluation criteria and tracking systems for monitoring goal progress and accomplishment; and specifying objectives, schedules, and priorities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).
1. Ability to manage and organize information.
2. Ability to use computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format using document management software.
3. Skill in applied use of correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling involving proper legal-grammatical accuracy, oral, and written communication.
4. Knowledge of form, content, and use of legal documents, records, and reference material.


Education

Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email sro_recruiting@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.

Telework: This position is telework eligible. At the discretion of the supervisor, generally employees may be authorized to telework one day per week if they are on regular 8-hour work schedule. Teleworkers may participate in some Alternative Work Schedules (AWS) in combination with a Telework Agreement. However, all employees must work from the official worksite location a minimum of four (4) days per work week.

Bargaining Unit: This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:

1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you do not meet U.S. Citizenship requirements or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.

2. Rating and Ranking
If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position).

Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.

If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference eligibles will be ranked ahead of qualified non-preference eligibles within each category for which they are qualified. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS and CP) will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

3. Referral and Selection
If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):
• A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit:
• A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
• A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
• The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR
• Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces).

If you are claiming selection priority under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), please visit:

CTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html

ICTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html

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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