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Paralegal Specialist GS-950-9/11 (Term-KD)

Company: Office of the Solicitor
Location: Denver
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Job Description:

* DutiesHelp## Duties### Summary**What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?**This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.Salary: GS-9 $55,027 (Step 01) to $71,537 (Step 10); GS-11 $66,577 (Step 01) to $86,553 (Step 10) **NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.**Learn more about this agency### Responsibilities**As a(n) Paralegal Specialist within the Rocky Mountain Region, located in Lakewood, CO , some of your specific duties will include:*** Performs legal research, including research of judicial precedents, case law, analyzing legal decisions; compiling information on legal subjects; and collecting, analyzing, and evaluating evidence. Researches, analyzes and summarizes relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases to assist attorneys in preparing briefs, litigation reports, and other legal documents. Prepares memoranda summarizing research results for review by attorneys.* Prepares interrogatories, requests for admissions and for production of documents, and other discovery pleadings in connection with pending litigation. Obtains and organizes responses to discovery requests. Obtains additional data from client agency personnel where needed to respond to discovery.* Assists attorneys in preparing for, taking, and defending depositions. Reads and prepares summaries and digests of deposition testimony.* Assists client agency personnel, experts, and other staff in investigating documentary files and other sources of information to identify documents potentially relevant to issues in litigation; compiling potentially relevant documents according to established evidentiary standards; maintaining databases or other information systems to track the investigation and compilation of potentially relevant documents; and preparing memoranda and reports identifying and assessing the significance of such documents.* Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to insure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines. Keeps appropriate staff members informed about the current status of cases. Serves as primary contact for assigned appeals, protests, claims and litigation cases and provides information and assistance concerning status or relevant procedural issues.* Assists attorneys and client agency personnel in the preparation and review of administrative records or other documents to be used for litigation purposes.* Assists staff attorneys in using and accurately inputting assignments into the tracking and filing systems for the Regional Solicitor's Office; maintains a docket system for judicial and administrative litigation cases in the Regional Office.* Serves as the primary point-of-contact for providing legal applications and electronic discovery support, including electronic document management and research.### Travel RequiredOccasional travel - Average 1-2 nights per month##### Supervisory statusNo##### Promotion Potential11* #### Job family (Series)0950 Paralegal Specialist#### Similar jobs* Paralegals* RequirementsHelp## Requirements### Conditions of Employment* Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.* Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.* Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period.* More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.**Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?*** A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.### Qualifications**Applicants must possess one of the following to qualify for the GS-9 level:*** One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level that demonstrates accomplishment of paralegal duties that require a range of knowledge of paralegal assistance principles, concepts, policies and practices. Examples may include: reviewing case materials to become familiar with questions under consideration; searching for and summarizing relevant articles in trade magazines, law reviews, published studies, financial reports, and similar materials for use of attorneys in the preparation of opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; preparing digests of selected decisions or opinions that incorporate legal references and analyses of precedents involved in areas of well-defined and settled points of law; interviewing potential witnesses and preparing summary interview reports for the attorney's review; participating in pre-trial witness conferences; preparing and organizing trial exhibits; verifying citations and legal references on prepared legal documents; preparing summaries of testimony and depositions; and drafting and editing documents;* OR 2 full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for a LL.B. or J.D. degree;* OR 1-year of combined graduate education and experience as defined.**Applicants must possess one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:*** One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of paralegal duties that require a range of knowledge of paralegal assistance principles, concepts, policies and practices. Examples may include: analyzing and evaluating case files against case litigation worthiness standards; noting and correcting case file deficiencies before sending the case on to the concerned trial attorney; reviewing and analyzing available precedents relevant to cases under consideration for use in presenting case summaries to trial attorneys; gathering, sorting, classifying, and interpreting data from private enterprise and labor organizations to discover patterns of possible discriminatory activity; interviewing industrial and union representatives, employees, and potential witnesses to gather information; reviewing s and analyzing relevant workforce statistics; performing statistical evaluations as supporting data for case litigation; consulting with statistical experts on reliability of statistical evaluations; and testifying in court concerning relevant data.* OR a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study pertinent to legal analysis work such as law;* OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a field of study pertinent to legal analysis work such as law;* OR 1-year of combined graduate education and experience as defined.**You must meet ALL qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.**### Education* Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.* Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.### Additional information* Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.* Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.* The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.* DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify* THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.Read more### How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.**--Vacancy Related Questions:** As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Interpersonal Communication; Information Management; Pressure/Deadlines; Admin Support; General Knowledge and Abilities; Compile & Analyze Data.**--Basis of rating: **Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.**--NOTE:** If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.**To preview questions please click here.**Read more### Background checks and security clearance##### Security clearanceNot Applicable##### Drug test requiredNo* Required DocumentsHelp## Required Documents* If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.* If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.* If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.* Required documents may be:1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")2) uploaded directly from your desktop3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments4) hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').* Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.#### 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.* BenefitsHelp## BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.* Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.* The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement (Lakewood, CO). The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.* For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior?s Telework Handbook at http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/documents/teleworkhandbookOctober2012.pdf.Review our benefitsEligibility 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.* How to ApplyHelp## How to Apply* Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.* Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.Read more### Agency contact information### Kristen Davis##### Phone703-648-7463##### Fax703-648-4113##### Emailkjdavis@usgs.gov##### AddressINTERIOR, Office of the Solicitor12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS-600Reston, Virginia 20192United StatesLearn more about this agency### Next steps* If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.Read more* Fair & Transparent## Fair & TransparentThe Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.### Equal Employment Opportunity PolicyThe 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.* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicantsRead more### Reasonable Accommodation PolicyFederal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.Read more#### Legal and regulatory guidance* Financial suitability* Social security number request* Privacy Act* Signature and false statements* Selective Service* New employee probationary periodThis job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/520298600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.*Open & closing dates:* 12/21/2018 to 01/11/2019*Service:* Competitive*Pay scale & grade:* GS 09 - 11*Salary:* $55,027 to $86,553 per year*Appointment type:* Term - This is a term appointment not to exceed 2 years with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.*Work schedule:* Full-Time

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