This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).
The primary purpose of this position is to provide all manner of paralegal and administrative support to OGC attorneys.
All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received. This announcement will be open for 5 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first.
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As a Paralegal Specialist GS 0950 9/11, your typical work assignments may include:
- Performing legal research utilizing automated legal research tools, public information databases, and other resources.
- Supporting attorneys by maintaining attorney calendars, assisting with preparing correspondence, making travel arrangements, creating/maintaining files and filing systems, archiving/retiring records, and maintaining/tracking suspense dates.
- Logging incoming legal correspondence and forwarding to appropriate division or Component office for action.
- Compiling, organizing, analyzing, updating, and maintaining complex documentary evidence within case management systems and Relativity, particularly in the litigation discovery context.
- Receiving, investigating, examining, and evaluating subpoenas and other requests for Department information from federal and state stakeholders for possible disclosure in judicial proceedings.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0950 Paralegal Specialist
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
- You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
- You must be able to obtain a Public Trust Clearance.
- Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
- Shared Certificates Statement: Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
- One-year probationary period may be required.
Local Commuting Area: If you are a current Federal employee you must work within 50 miles of the local commuting area. If you are a former Federal employee you must reside within 50 miles of the local commuting area. Note: VEOA eligibles are not subject to the geographic area of consideration limitations. 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.
Minimum Qualifications, GS-09:
A. You qualify for the GS-09 grade level (starting salary $59,534) if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal government, performing duties such as:
- Conducting legal research to write legal documents that include the summarizing of factual information, legal issues and case law;
- Assisting with the daily operations of a legal office to include maintaining attorney calendars and creating/maintaining files and filing systems; and
- Supporting the development of written technical and/or non-technical documents; or
B. Have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to conduct the work of this position; or
C. Have a combination of education and experience described above. (To calculate, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).
Minimum Qualifications, GS-11:
A. Possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level performing the following duties: 1) Independently conducting legal research related to litigation context to locate appropriate data such as applicable precedents, legislative history or commentaries which display specific legal issues; 2) Analyzing statutes, legislative history, judicial precedents, and agency rules and regulations to prepare digests of case decisions, and/or evaluate the applicability of precedents; 3) Making recommendations for the formulation of departmental legal positions and the streamlining of internal office processes; and 4) Writing a variety of technical and non-technical documents of varying degrees of complexity in multiple areas of law to include litigation documents such as litigation hold requests, discovery requests, declarations, and interrogatories; or
B. Have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a LL.M., if related in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to conduct the work of this position; or
C. Have a combination of education and experience described above. (To calculate, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).
Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.
All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to comply.
Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), 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 SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.
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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.htmlxqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst .
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.