Paralegal Specialist


Vacancy ID: 854811   Announcement Number: NEA-AGr-13-854811(MP)   USAJOBS Control Number: 340114400

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 854811
1. Title of Job

Paralegal Specialist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

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

Do you possess competitive status?

If so, you must submit the SF-50 that verifies your competitive status.

 


Have you held a permanent position in the competitive service with a Full Performance Level (FPL) of GS-12or higher; or are you eligible for a non-competitive transfer or reinstatement?

If so, you MUST submit an SF-50 verifying that your current/former FPL was equivalent to the GS-12or higher.


8. Other Information

9. Languages

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

10. Lowest Grade

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

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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

17. Service Computation Date

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

18. Other Date Information

19. Job Preference

How Do You Want To Be Considered For This Position?

You will automatically be considered under Merit Promotion Procedures (if applicable).  In addition, you may also be eligible for consideration under other recruitment options. You may select more than one option of consideration, if applicable.  Please select the appropriate option(s).

Please thoroughly read through the vacancy announcement and the "How To Apply" tab of the announcement for further information regarding required documents for each type of consideration.

If the required documentation is not received by the closing date of the announcement, you will be found ineligible for the position and will be removed from further review.  A resume is required for ALL consideration options.


1 ____ MERIT PROMOTION- Applicants with FEDERAL COMPETITIVE STATUS. This includes: current career or career-conditional employees in the competitive service, former Federal employees with competitive service status; or former Federal employees who served on a career-conditional appointment in the competitive service without achieving career status in the competitive service and were separated within the last three years. Required Documents: SF-50
2 ____ VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA)- Veterans with an honorable discharge after serving three or more continuous years, or veteran's preference eligibles. Veterans who were released shortly before completing 3 years are considerable eligible. This option does not apply if you already have Competitive Career Status. Required Documents: DD-214, SF-15, Letter from VA (as applicable)
3 ____ 30% OR MORE DISBALED VETERAN- A non-competitive appointment ONLY for veterans who have retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30% or more or who have been rated by the VA since 1991 or later as having a compensable service -connected disability of 30% or more. If selected, you will be appointed to a time-limited assignment for 60 days, which may be converted to a permanent career-conditional position at any time. Required Documents: DD-214, SF-15, Letter from VA (as applicable)
4 ____ NON-COMPETITIVE SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY- Schedule A Authorities, Peace Corps, Postal Service, former Overseas Employment, etc. Required Documentation: documentation from licensed medial professional, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; Proof of service with the Postal Service (PS-50); Peace Corps, Overseas Employment, etc. (appropriate documentation based on type of authority you are wanting to be considered for)
5 ____ VETERANS RECRUITMENT APPOINTMENT (VRA)- A non-competitive appointment for veterans who meet ANY of the following criteria: disabled veterans; veterans who served on active duty during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; veterans who participated in military operations in which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or veterans separated from active duty within the last 3 years. In addition to meeting the criteria above, eligible veterans must have been separated under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge). (Applicable for grades 1-11 ONLY) Required documention (as applicable): DD-214, SF-15, Letter from VA.

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Paralegal Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

24. Personal Background Information

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

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. To be eligible at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service.

Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or the Privacy Act (PA); conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; managing office functions within a legal office in the federal government; assisting with the composition of legal briefs, summaries of analyses, and decisions; and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.
B. I have less than one year of specialized experience as outlined above.
C. I do not possess the specialized experience as outlined above.

2. To be eligible at the GS-11 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service.

Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: assisting with the processing of requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA); conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; assisting with the management of office functions within a legal office in the federal government; assisting with gathering of evidence and other documents for legal briefs, the composition of legal briefs, summaries of analyses, and decisions; and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.

OR

Education: 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.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.
B. I have less than one year of specialized experience as outlined above.
C. I have a related PHD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M.
D. I have a combination of education and experience
E. My experience/education is not reflected in the choices outlined above.





3. Responds to Freedom of Information Act requests, including conducting applicable exemption analysis and redaction.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

4. Interprets and applies laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to specific issues.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

5. Acquires and maintains a working knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures relevant to the Freedom of Information Act and/or the Privacy Act.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

6. Uses computer systems or applications to access, create, edit print, send retrieve, or utilize data, files, or other information.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

7. Assists Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) and/or Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official (ADAEO) with matters related to ethics and conflicts-of-interest.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

8. Maintain office legal research systems and resources.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

9. Drafts legal documents, including but not limited to, memoranda, correspondence, agreements, etc.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

10. Interface with outside organizations/entities on specific matters pertaining to assigned projects.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

11. Collects, compiles, and organizes information.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

12. Communicates directly with agency/organization managers, directors and supervisors.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

13. Operates standard office equipment other than computers (for example, telephone, typewriter, fax, photocopier, calculator).

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

14. Establishes priorities and maintains flexibility in a highly structured environment in order to effectively respond to organizational needs.

A. I have no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience in performing this task. I have had exposure to this work situation, but would require additional guidance, instruction, or training to perform it at a proficient level.
C. I have experience performing this task. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. I am considered an expert in carrying out this task. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this task on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this task because of my expertise.

15. Your responses to the online questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview
my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.