Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 01, 2020
Closes
Dec 08, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as Paralegal Specialist for the Inter-American Foundation's (IAF) Office of General Counsel (OGC). In this capacity, the Paralegal Specialist provides legal and administrative support to the OGC and carries out a variety of projects related to the operations of the OGC.
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Responsibilities

  • Conduct in depth and thorough legal research in addition to researching, analyzing, and interpreting current Federal law and regulations, precedent cases, opinions and other guidance.
  • Conduct legal writing and assist with draft reports responding to various administrative law requirements.
  • Review grant agreements and amendments, drafting language when necessary.
  • Develop office management systems and complete statistical and other reports.
  • Conduct periodic evaluations of the administrative control systems. Develop or modify procedures and systems to prevent unauthorized use of confidential or sensitive information.
  • Manage requests for information as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) processor.
  • Draft new administrative guidance promulgated by the agency.
  • Provide logistical support to the General Counsel and assist with a variety of record-keeping and administrative tasks.
  • Assist in the administration of the IAF?s Ethics program. Prepares annual agency ethics report and participate in the development and completion of management reports.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


Qualifications

GS-09 Qualifications (applicants must meet one of the following)
  • Specialized experience: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that which is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: reviewing legal documents for compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines; responding to a variety of customer inquiries by providing information to internal and/or external customers; performing legal research of regulations, laws, legal databases to obtain information or address issues/concerns; drafting legal briefs, summaries of analyses and decisions, and pre-trial documents; and, preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.
  • Education: One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): A master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law), OR 2 full years of related progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience.
  • GS-11 Qualifications (applicants must meet one of the following)
  • Specialized experience: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that which is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: analyzing and evaluating legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analyses and decisions, and pre-trial documents; interviewing witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.
  • Education: One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience.
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Ability to read and translate Spanish and/or Portuguese is desirable.

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Telework Suitability:
    The duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

    Stipulations of Employment:
    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Work Schedule:
    This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

    Miscellaneous:
    IAF uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify .

    This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement # IAF-21-MP-10969564JS using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified and Qualified. Your resume and supporting documentation will then be used to determine if you are qualified for this job. 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.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Attention to Detail
    • Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence
    • Oral Communication
    • Research and Analysis
    • Technical Competency - FOIA / Privacy Act
    • Written Communication


    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or if this position has a basic education requirement
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    • Cover Letter, highly recommended
    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/ ).
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

    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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