Offices, Boards and Divisions Supervisory Paralegal Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

Are you ready to contribute to matters of national importance that promote a competitive and productive American economy? The Antitrust Division has openings for Supervisory Paralegal Specialist to join its dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process.

The Division's work ranges over the entire spectrum of the U.S. economy. Its merger and civil enforcement cases can affect the structure and performance of an entire industry, and its criminal enforcement detects and punishes white-collar antitrust crimes that rob American consumers. These positions are located in the Paralegal Unit of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. The primary purpose of these positions are to serve as integral team/work leaders articulating and communicating to the team the assignment, project issues under review, milestones, deadlines and time frames for completion.

We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Also, a writing sample may be requested of individuals identified as best qualified, to be forwarded to the selecting official along with your application package, upon referral.

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Responsibilities

As a Supervisory Paralegal Specialist in the Paralegal Unit, assigned to a specific section, responsibilities will include:

  • Providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the office;
  • Establishing policy for subordinates and communicates policies and priorities;
  • Establishing guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system;
  • Providing administrative advice and assistance relative to paralegal duties in decisions affecting the overall operation of the office;
  • Assisting attorneys in conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses;
  • Helping prepare witnesses for depositions and legal proceedings;
  • Establishing and maintaining an organized system for controlling subject matter, witness and document files, and all material to be used as exhibits at grand jury sessions, depositions and trials, e.g., lists, tables, indexes to correlate exhibits and transcripts; selects, assembles, summarizes and compiles substantive information by use of statutes, regulations, department orders, digests, commentaries, legal instruments, and other legal reference material;
  • Preparing written products such as routine correspondence, immunity requests, requests for FBI assistance, and factual memoranda;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

12

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0950 Paralegal Specialist

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
  • You must submit a complete application package by closing.
  • You must meet all time-in-grade and qualification requirements by closing.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service, ineligible to be included in the bargaining unit.
  • This is a supervisory appointment, subject to a one-year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315.901-909; and may be subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
  • When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
  • Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.
Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. The experience must be evident in your resume. OR 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.

Specialized experience at the GS-9 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience must include: performing factual research to supply information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs and similar legal documents; taking accurate and detailed notes during attorney proffers and witness interviews and preparing memoranda from those notes; coding electronic documents and categorizing hard copy documents in accordance with case priorities, using document review platforms; assisting with the preparation and organization of document review databases; organizing and maintaining tracking logs for case-related material; preparing and organizing charts, graphs, and other materials to be used as exhibits in court; appearing in federal court or before grand juries to testify as witness, concerning exhibits prepared to support the case.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. The experience must be evident in your resume.

Specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience must include: experience as a team leader, monitoring the status and progress of work assigned to staff; demonstrated ability to identify, distribute, and balance workload and task among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization; resolving simple, informal complaints of employees and referring others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to an appropriate management official; training and providing guidance to staff paralegals in office procedures, researching and writing, pre-trial and trial duties; preparing for and conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses; drafting memorandum reflecting facts, sources, citations discovered during the course of legal research or witness interview; performing preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys.

Please Note: Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

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The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)allows veterans to apply to announcements that are only open to "status" candidates, which means "current competitive service employees." To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either (1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR (2) a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. When applying under VEOA, you must rate and rank among the best qualified when compared to current employee applicants in order to be considered for appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position listed in this announcement. Please Note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.

If you are found to be minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The rating you receive will be based on your responses to the Questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, and will determine the rank in which you place (Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Best Qualified). The "Best Qualified" candidates will be contacted to submit a job market paper or relevant writing sample.

Your application will be further assessed based upon the following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities:

Using Category Rating procedures, we will determine the "Best Qualified" candidates, who will then be referred for selection. Candidates within the "Best Qualified" category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating..

Performance Appraisals and Awards

You will receive an additional point added to your final score for a fully successful or higher performance rating. An additional point will also be added to your final score for any one performance award received within the past three years that relates to the position for which you are applying. Please provide only one recent award. To receive credit, you must provide a copy of your performance rating and a copy of your performance award SF-50.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes: 1. Résumé- Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume and cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences, as represented in their résumé, clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position, and the competencies and technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position. 2. Completed Assessment Questionnaire. 3. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action(if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service) which shows type of service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, Within Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s over one year old). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. 4. Most Recent Performance Appraisal(if current federal employee). 5. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting receipt of a Performance Awardreceived within the last 3 years. 6. Veterans Preference Documentation(if applicable). Veteran applicants must be within the area of consideration to be considered for this position. 7. Additional Required Documents: If you are qualifying for this position based on education, you must submit a copy of your transcript to receive consideration. Please Note: Transcript must include your Full Name (First Name and Last Name) 8. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities(if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples Include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.

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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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/20/2018 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Applyto access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the* Include Personal Information section* as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

Note: If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Office of Personnel at ATR.personnel@usdoj.gov or 202-514-2469 to obtain an alternative application.

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Office of Personnel
Phone

202-514-2469

Email

ATR.personnel@usdoj.gov

Address

Antitrust Division 450 5th Street, NW Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the announcement closes, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications based on the application we receive. Ranking will be determined based on responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 to 60 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496527300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/20/2018

Salary: $68,036 to $106,012 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent