Legal Instruments Examiner

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Feb 18, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Executive Office for Immigration Review, U. S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as a Legal Instruments Examiner performing initial and continuing review of a large variety of legal appeal and related documents.

This is a Competitive Service position; additional positions maybe filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.
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Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial and continuing review of a large variety of complex legal documents.
  • Assess and correct appellate case files for completeness, deficiencies, or other legal requirements.
  • Conduct extensive searches of records, references, or historical material to obtain needed information before sending on to the attorney.
  • Conduct legal and process analysis of patterns and trends to ascertain fundamental fairness in case processing.
  • Organize and coordinate the technical work of staff members, oversee the orderly delivery of services, and promote efficient operations of the office.
  • Monitor the status, quantity, and quality of work and assist the supervisor to evaluate overall production results by the team.
  • Plan, schedule, and work on a variety of problem cases causing production delays and other quality issues.
  • Utilize and operate a case tracking system.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
9

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Probationary period will apply.
  • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Legal Instruments Examiner position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

FOR THE GS-08 GRADE LEVEL:

Specialized Experience:
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service that includes performing the following duties: (You must support this experience in your resume.)
  • Utilizing automated legal databases to verify legal citations and statutory references;
  • Organizing factual, legal and archival records;
  • Providing assistance to attorneys in providing case documentation; AND
  • Maintaining litigation or other case-related databases for management of case.


  • FOR THE GS-09 GRADE LEVEL:

    Specialized Experience:
    Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level in the Federal service that includes performing the following duties:
  • Utilizing automated legal databases to verify legal citations and statutory references;
  • Analyzing and organizing factual, legal and archival records;
  • Providing assistance to attorneys in preparation for case adjudication; AND
  • Creating and maintaining litigation or other case-related databases for management of case materials
    (You must support this experience in your resume.)
  • Note: if your qualifying experience is from Federal employment, please provide your SF-50 showing the highest grade level held in the Federal service.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria and must submit proof of eligibility for the special selection priority. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here .

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you claim on your resume. You must submit a DD214,"Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and separation under honorable conditions. If you are entitled to veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, award of the Purple Heart, or derived preference, you must submit an SF15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference," and required documentation that is acceptable proof of your claim for preference. (e.g. An official statement, dated 1991 or later , from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying the veteran's service-connected disability and combined disability rating.) For more information on Veterans' Preference click here .

    Active Duty Service Members expected to be released or discharged from active duty service may submit a written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Without this documentation, you will not receive tentative veterans' preference and your application will be evaluated based on the job application materials submitted. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

    Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, 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 score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "Best Qualified" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.

    You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
    • Case Management
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Reasoning
    • Research


    Note: In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties. Your resume MUST contain your full name, address, phone number, and the following employment information for each position held:
    • Employer name and location.
    • From and To dates of employment (MM/YYYY-MM/YYYY or from MM/YYYY to Present). The month and year is required to fully credit your time.
    • For part-time positions, please include number of hours worked per week, positions that do not include this information will be assumed as full-time (40 hours a week).
    • Grade level(s) held for each Federal position.
    • Detailed duty descriptions supporting the experience required for the position.


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
  • Your Resume showing relevant experience; Cover Letter optional. (Refer to "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.)
  • A complete online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable to you.
    • CTAP/ICTAP documents
    • Veterans' Preference documents (DD214 MEMBER-4 copy, SF-15, and required documentation that is acceptable proof of your claim for preference.)
    • If your qualifying experience is from Federal employment, please provide your SF50 showing the highest grade level held in the Federal service.
    Note: Any documents submitted that are not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (i.e. training certificates, case filings, letter of recommendations, etc.) All information and documentation is subject to verification prior to final selection.

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