Paralegal Specialist

US Government, Department of Justice

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys’ Offices, visit www.justice.gov/usao/. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement. This position is also being announced under Merit Promotion Procedures under 22-EDVA-1151932-MS.

 

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Job Grade: 9
Total Openings: many

Duties:

If selected for this position, you will serve as a Paralegal Specialist for the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Typical work assignments will include: Researching references such as agency manuals, directives, issuances, court reports, appellate records, or commercial legal publications using multiple online legal systems to locate appropriate data such as applicable precedents, legislative history and commentaries which bear on particular legal issues. Preparing indices of legal and administrative materials. Reviewing, proofreading, and editing legal documents. Preparing and organizing documentation and evidence for production as discovery and for use in trial. Maintaining evidence such as paper documents, PDF files, image files, audio files, video files, bank records, forensic reports, and other file types. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Qualifications:

GS-9: To be eligible at the GS-9 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience. Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience performing paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a basic knowledge of preparing and manipulating a variety of legal documents and evidence for production as discovery and for use in trial. Examples of specialized experience may include the following: examining and processing a variety of legal documents; conducting research, analysis and evaluation of data in response to complex or sensitive requests; drafting briefs, pleadings, litigation recommendations, or other legal documents and correspondence; using a variety of electronic or manual filings systems to acquire and store information; document findings and preparing recommendations; searching and reviewing legal references, case files, and other sources for information and data required by attorneys or court personnel. Education: One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.); OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. 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 1 full year. GS-11: To be eligible at the GS-11 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience. Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: providing assistance to attorneys in trial preparation by performing duties such as compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and preparing witness and exhibit lists. Preparing master sets of trial exhibits in both electronic and hard copy form and works closely with Automated Litigation Support (ALS) staff to prepare audio/video files for courtroom presentation, create courtroom demonstrative exhibits, and develop CaseMap suite exhibits, analyses, and summaries. Processes and organizes criminal discovery materials with a particular emphasis on processing electronic discovery materials such as social media returns, emails, text messages, audio recordings, and video. Work with attorneys to prepare substantive legal documents. Education: One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): 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. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. 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. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates 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 if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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