Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 04, 2021
Closes
Dec 11, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the immediate Office of the Solicitor within the Department of Labor. The Office of the Solicitor (SOL) is responsible for providing the Secretary of Labor and departmental program officials with the legal services required to achieve the Department's mission.

The incumbent serves as a paralegal specialist and provides a variety of legal services to the staff attorneys:
  • Tracks the SOL Front Office work flow, including due dates and outstanding matters. Follows up with relevant SOL components-including Divisions and Regions-to ensure that work is provided to the Front Office in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains a schedule of all due dates to ensure that deadlines are met or that necessary extensions are obtained, and reminds affected attorneys of pending deadlines.
  • Informs SOL leadership of problems concerning conflicts or inadequacies of scheduled workflow and deadlines.
  • Assists with the regulatory and guidance clearance process, including tracking matters, ensuring that appropriate components of SOL have reviewed the current versions in clearance, and in general ensuring a smooth flow of clearances, including meeting appropriate deadlines.
  • Assists with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, to include reviewing documents, processing FOIA requests, working with other SOL components to ensure the timely completion of all FOIA requests.
  • Serves as a liaison among various components of the Department and SOL leadership and officials, other federal agencies, and occasionally the public.
  • Performs other duties as required or directed. This could include providing administrative support to other designated office personnel, including calendar management, as well as providing back-up to legal assistants in handling work overflow, time sensitive matters, and office coverage. Assists in the organization and maintenance of SOL Front Office records, both physical and electronic.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Qualifications

Applicants for positions at the GS-09 level and above must have the amounts of education and/or experience required for the grade level shown below.

52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as proven ability in analyzing complex information, conducting legal research, preparing legal documents and exhibits, responding to inquiries from attorneys, judges and others regarding procedures, case requirements and case status.

OR

Education: For GS-9 level, applicant must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

OR

Combining Education and Experience : Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years or 3 full years (equivalent to 54 semester hours) of graduate education leading to a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M. Qualifying education should be in a job-related field such as human resources, business, or law;

Applicants for positions at the GS-11 level and above must have the amounts of education and/or experience required for the grade level shown below.

GS-11, Applicants who meet at least one of the following may qualify for positions at this grade level:

52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as defined as proven ability in analyzing complex information, conducting legal research, preparing and cite-checking legal documents and exhibits, responding to inquiries from attorneys, judges and others regarding procedures, case requirements and case status.

OR

Education: applicants must have a PH.D. or equivalent doctorial degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

OR

Combining Education and Experience : Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years or 3 full years (equivalent to 54 semester hours) of graduate education leading to a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M. Qualifying education should be in a job-related field such as human resources, business, or law;

Applicants for positions at the GS-12 level and above must have the experience required for the grade level shown below.

GS-12, Applicants who meet at least one of the following may qualify for positions at this grade level:

52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as experience of the full range of laws, court and/or administrative decisions, interpretations, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures which pertain to the labor laws; high level of skill in applying, administrative policies and procedures governing and controlling the daily, weekly, and monthly operations of a large legal office, sufficient to manage the administrative efforts within the organization; a high degree of skill, tact, and courtesy in dealing with callers and visitors to the office, who often hold prestigious positions within or outside the Federal government.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

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