PARALEGAL SPECIALIST


Vacancy ID: 808497   Announcement Number: UK808497-RMA-SMG   USAJOBS Control Number: 333806900

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is:  808497
This field does not appear on the online application.  You would only need to enter it if using an alternative application method.  See Item 2 under Alternative Methods for Completing FORM C.


1. Title of Job

PARALEGAL SPECIALIST


2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required except for your telephone number and contact time.


3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

Read the following questions and mark Yes to those applicable to you.

Question 1.  Are you a current permanent (non-temporary) competitive service Federal employee of the RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY?

Are you a permanent (non-temporary) competitive service Federal employee of another Federal agency?

If your response to either of the above questions is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit the Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, that reflects permanent status.


Question 2.  Are you a former Federal employee with competitive service reinstatement eligibility?  (Have you worked for the Federal government in your past under a permanent competitive appointment?)

If your response is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit your Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50/FSA-50, from your previous permanent appointment.


Question 3.  Are you eligible and applying under special hiring authorities such as:  Individuals with Disabilities, former Peace Corps, Vista and Action Cooperative volunteers, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) or 30% Disabled Veterans?

If your response is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit proof of your eligibility with your application (i.e., DD-214).


Question 4.  Are you eligible and applying under Pub L. 106-117 Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)?

Are you a permanent county employee of the FARM SERVICE AGENCY?

Are you a permanent (non-temporary) Federal employee in an excepted service position covered by an interchange agreement?

If your response to any of the above questions is YES, then answer "YES" to this question. If your response is yes, you must submit proof of your eligibility with your application (i.e., DD-214) or your Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50/FSA-50, that reflects permanent status.


Question 5.  Have you served in a permanent Federal position (currently or in a prior position) at the GS-13 grade level or above? 

If your response to the above questions is YES, you must submit your Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50, to support your response.


Question 6.  Are you interested in applying utilizing two different recruitment methods:  Merit Promotion and Open Competitive?

Open Competitive announcement are open to the general public.  ANYONE MAY APPLY.

Merit Promotion announcements are open to current and former permanent Federal employees with competitive status and certain other candidates who are eligible for placement under special hiring authorities.

If you are interested in applying utilizing both recruitment methods, answer YES to this question.  Please submit your application and supporting documents online.


6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Required.  Enter the 11, the lowest grade level you will accept.


11
12

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

Required.  Enter your claim for Veterans' Preference.

For items 15, 16, 17 and 18 enter date information in this format:  MM/DD/YYYY


15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

Please enter your dates of active military service, unless you have claimed derived preference (i.e., widows, spouse, etc.)  Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)


16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediately.  Otherwise, you must provide the date that you will be available for employment.


17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

Please choose one answer to the following question.  How did you hear about this career opportunity?
1 Advertisement
2 Career Fair
3 College/University Career Fair
4 Local Job Service Center
5 MANRRS
6 Professional Association Conference
7 USDA Agency Official
8 www.usajobs.opm.gov
9 Other source

If applicable, in the answer box provided, please indicate the specific conference, career fair, and/or other source.
20. Occupational Specialties

Required.  Enter at least one occupational specialty.

Enter 001 as the occupational specialty to apply as a Merit Promotion candidate.
Merit Promotion refers to announcements open to current and former Federal employees, permanent FSA county employees, and certain other candidates eligible for placement under special hiring authorities.

Enter 002 as the occupational specialty to apply as an open competitive candidate.

Enter 001 and 002 in blocks 1 and 2 if you wish to to apply both as a Merit Promotion and Open Competitive candidate. If you submit all your application materials online, you need only submit one set of supporting documents.


001 Merit Promotion (Status Applicants)
002 Competitive (All US Citizens)

21. Geographic Availability

Required.  Enter at least one geographic availability code.  The location code(s) for this position is:


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  Otherwise, leave Section 22 blank.

Note:  To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation.  Refer to the vacancy announcement for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Respond to the following questions. Mark only one response for each question. Any experience claimed in response to the following questions MUST be supported by information in your written application (resume, OF-612, or SF-171). This information must be SPECIFIC, (i.e., duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments). Failure to provide this supporting documentation may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, choose the letter that best describes the highest level of experience and/or education you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-11 Paralegal work. SELECT ONLY one LETTER. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience.)

A. I have completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher graduate education or a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree with a major in paralegal studies, criminal justice, business administration, or a specialty area that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

B. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 level or above in the Federal service as a Paralegal Specialist. Specialized experience must demonstrate knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis sufficient to perform recurring case development. Knowledge of litigation activities of an agency and techniques to gather and analyze data and to evaluate usefulness in resolving legal issues.

C. I have less than the full amount of graduate education in a field listed in A above and less than the experience described in B, but I have a combination of graduate education beyond a master's degree or the first two years (i.e., 36 semester hours) and experience.

D. I do not possess the required specialized experience to qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, choose the letter that best describes the highest level of experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-12 Paralegal Specialist work. SELECT ONLY one LETTER. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience.)

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level or above in the Federal service as a Paralegal Specialist. Specialized experience must demonstrate knowledge of the application of various titles of law applicable to an agency mission, federal and state laws governing or impacting programs. Knowledge of legal reference sources in agency manuals, directives and issuances, court and administrative decisions and precedent, and commercial publications sufficient to perform legal research. Must be able to interpret and present orally and in writing relevant findings and conclusions.

B. I do not possess the required specialized experience to qualify for this position.

You are to choose one answer to each question from among the alternatives presented. Do not mark more than one answer for each question. Multiple answers will not be counted

3. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your knowledge of the application of various laws, court and/or administrative decisions and interpretations, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

A. I have experience with legal principles, concepts, and methods of legal research to prepare documentation of complex litigation.

B. I have experience reviewing legal and legislative decisions to determine their effect on an organizations program and litigation activities.

C. I have experience with legal research and reference sources to locate applicable precedents, legislative history, and commentaries which bear on legal issues.

D. I have had some experience with legal reference source and methods of research gained from college courses, or relevant training.

E. None of the above.

4. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to apply the knowledge of legal principles and administrative law.

A. I have received training in legal principle and administrative law, but have not applied this training in a job setting.

B. I have extensive experience applying the legal principles and administrative law aspect of my on-the-job responsibilities.

C. I have had some experience applying legal principles and administrative law in a job setting.

D. I have reviewed legal and legislative decisions to determine their effect on litigation.

E. None of the above.

5. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience researching, analyzing and interpreting legal laws, rules and regulations.

A. I have served as a point of contact to conduct research, analyze complex issues, identify options and recommend appropriate action.

B. I have performed extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions, and opinions applicable to legal matters.

C. I have analyzed case issues, developing and/or evaluating evidence, resolving conflicting data, clarifying factual and legal issues, and recommended appropriate action.

D. I have analyzed and evaluated legal legislative decision to determine their effect on litigation activities.

E. None of the above.

6. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience conducting research for court precedents, relevant statues, administrative decisions and regulatory materials.

A. I have researched court precedents, relevant statues, administrative decision, and regulatory materials in support of routine assignments.

B. I have researched court precedents, relevant statutes, administrative decision, and regulatory materials for a wide range of assignments from routine to highly complex and sensitive.

C. I have class room experience conducting research in a variety of legal reference source and methods of research gained from college courses, relevant training, and/or substantial on-the-job experience

D. I have researched case material to locate relevant references and supporting documentation.

E. None of the above.

7. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience providing paralegal advice and consultation.

A. I have provided expert advice, consultation, operational assistance, and policy interpretation to a large, complex and highly diverse service area.

B. I have served as the point-of-contact for management, employees, employee representatives, and other organizations on paralegal issues.

C. I have briefed management on potentially controversial issues or issues with far-reaching implications.

D. I have provided advice to management on a variety of paralegal issues recommending alternatives for problem resolution on controversial issues.

E. None of the above.

8. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best demonstrates your ability to communicate orally.

A. I have developed narrative or graphic exhibits to support specified legal arguments.

B. I have represented my organization in meetings for the purpose of proposing and gaining ideas and explaining or coordinating views regarding legal matters.

C. I have obtained, clarified or given facts or information relating to a legal matter to others in my work unit.

D. I have contacted attorneys for defendants or potential witnesses or sources of information to gather evidence needed for case processing.

E. None of the above.

9. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience preparing legal, technical, and other types of reports and correspondence.

A. I have reviewed cases to determine the need for additional data to use in reports.

B. I have prepared written documentation, correspondence, decision memoranda, briefing papers, and litigation reports for management officials on legal issues.

C. I have prepared written documents explaining the application of laws, regulations, and precedents covering legal actions.

D. I have developed legal procedures, training manuals or other technical materials.

E. None of the above.

10. Have you conducted searches for court precedents, citations of law, administrative decisions, and regulatory materials?

A. Yes
B. No

11. Have you gathered existing information from various sources, including computer systems, to prepare routine reports?

A. Yes
B. No

12. Have you identified cases where additional information is needed (e.g., to address incomplete or inconsistent data in case files) and requested such information from the appropriate staff?

A. Yes
B. No

13. Have you compared and correlated information from different sources (e.g., evidence and investigative reports)?

A. Yes
B. No

14. Do you have experience analyzing and evaluating seizure, fraud, liquidated damages, and penalty cases?

A. Yes
B. No

15. Have you determined the nature of a violation by reviewing all case documentation and evidence?

A. Yes
B. No

16. Have you made decisions about the acceptability of evidence in unusual or highly complex cases?

A. Yes
B. No

17. Have you ever consolidated and interpreted data from multiple sources (e.g., from more than one database)?

A. Yes
B. No

18. Do you have experience processing evidence, facts, circumstances, and other incidents relating to a case including reconciling inconsistencies?

A. Yes
B. No

19. Do you have experience presenting both technical and non-technical information in memoranda, letters, reports, or other written materials?

A. Yes
B. No

20. Do you have experience dealing with all levels of management on controversial issues requiring tact and firmness?

A. Yes
B. No