Legal Assistant (Quality Review Technician)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Nov 28, 2020
Closes
Dec 06, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Hearings Operations, Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of the Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge for National Workload Assistance, National Hearing Center Falls Church, VA or Virtually.

The position description number for this position is PD5E030W and PD5E0300. A summary of the major duties are listed below. You may also view the full position description on the Agency intranet at the following link: PD Search
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Responsibilities

  • This is an advanced developmental position description (PD) leading to the full performance position description: Legal Assistant, GS-986-09-PD# 5E030. The duties at this level are characteristic of the full performance PD.
  • Conducts quality review audits of Social Security disability and non-disability cases at the Ready-to-Schedule (RTS) stage as part of the Quality Assurance Program.
  • Performs quality-based examinations of cases as well as the work of support staff regarding development of the record including case intake, development, preparation, scheduling of hearing, and post-hearing development,
  • analyzing the record prepared by senior case technicians of cases to be scheduled for hearing before administrative law judges (ALJs).


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
9

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Applicants must be in good standing.
  • Applicants must have a fully successful rating of record.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.


Qualifications

FOR THE GS-8: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes experience summarizing case documents, navigating agency systems, and reviewing legal documents in order to apply agency policy.

FOR THE GS-9: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-08 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.: Such experience includes summarizing case documents, navigating agency systems, reviewing legal documents in order to apply agency policy, and analyzing legal data in order to prepare formal comments and/or recommendations.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants for promotion to GS-8 must have 52 weeks at GS-7.
Applicants for promotion to GS-9 must have 52 weeks at GS-8.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

NONCOMPETITIVE CONSIDERATION DUE TO SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY
Applications for noncompetitive consideration will be accepted from SSA employees in the area of consideration who are currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; Veterans Recruitment Appointments ; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Applicants serving under these provisions do not need to submit copies of your disability or Veteran's documentation. However, you must submit a current SF-50 that provides information on the appointment authority under which you were hired. Otherwise, you will not receive non-competitive consideration.

NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan . Additional selections may be made within 3 months of the date of the initial selection.

LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

OTHER NOTES:

THIS IS A VIRTUAL ASSIGNMENT. INDIVIDUAL SELECTED WILL REMAIN IN THEIR PERMANENT DUTY STATION AND WILL RECEIVE THE RESPECTIVE LOCALITY PAY FOR THAT AREA.


This position is a career ladder leading to GS-9.

This position is eligible for telework.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a moderate risk. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary to perform the duties of the position:
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the Electronic Business process and SSA/OHO programs.
  • Skill in developing and analyzing the hearing office record.
  • Knowledge of legal and medical issues and sufficiency of the record. (GS-9 only)
Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10968320

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following section provides information on supporting documentation that must be submitted.

SSA-45 (all applicants)
SF-50 that provides information on the appointment authority under which you were hired (applicants for Noncompetitive Consideration due to a Special Hiring Authority only)


Your SSA-45 must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications determinations (e.g., all experience related to your qualifications for this position, full performance level of your current position, the dates at each grade level of your current or prior career-ladder position(s), etc.). These documents will be referred to the selecting official if you are eligible for the best qualified list. Employees' Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.

Your SSA-45 must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

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