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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Recruitment For Paralegal

Posted on: 26 Mar 2020 118 views
: Paralegal
: Federal Bureau of Investigation
: https://www.fbijobs.gov/
: Washington, DC, United States
: JD OR LLM
: $86,335.00

Opening Date:    March 23, 2020

Closing Date:    April 3, 2020  11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Rita Smith at (202) 323-7244 or [email protected]

Job Summary

Position:  Paralegal Specialist, GS 0950 - 11/12

Division: Director's Office

Unit: Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)

Location: Washington DC/Headquarters offsite

Working Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Salary: GS 11 $72,030.00 - $93,638.00

            GS 12 $86,335.00 - $112,240.00

Full Performance Level: GS-12

Number of Positions Available: 1

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

    Must be a current, permanent FBI employee.

Major Duties 

  • Provides support to the Assistant Director and Adjudication Units as needed for the effective and efficient management and operation of OPR.
  • Performs duties associated with processing disciplinary files, including: (1) preparing outgoing documents; (2) serializing documents; and (3) closing disciplinary files in various Bureau systems.
  • Processes name check requests by the stated deadline and maintains name check files.
  • Processes incoming mail and answers incoming calls to the OPR Front Office.
  • Organizes and maintains electronic and hard-copy disciplinary case files.
  • Serve as resident expert on Bureau systems, including but not limited to, Sentinel, WebTA, HR Source, Disciplinary Case Management System(DMS), and OPR Shared Drive.
  • Assists on special projects as needed by the Assistant Director.
  • Communicates with co-workers, supervisory personnel, the Assistant Director, and visitors to OPR, including disciplinary subjects and counsel, utilizing strong written and verbal skills.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

If you are deemed Most Competitive, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies

  • Analytic Thinking
  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
  • Communication
  • Administrative/Organizational Policies and Procedures
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Organizing and Planning

.Specialized Experience (SE):

GS -11: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS - 9 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Prepared outgoing documents within a prescribed process with a high attention to detail.
  • Experience in handling sensitive or potentially classified information.
  • Consistently completed assignments by the stated deadline with a high level of accuracy.

GS - 12: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS -11 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

             In addition to the above SE is :

  •  Accurately identified and reconciled discrepancies in databases.
  • Performed expert-level tasks in database systems (Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), and Acrobat Adobe Pro.

Education 

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for specialized experience as follows:

GS-11: Applicant must have a PhD OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:
Step 1:  Click the “Start” button to begin an application.  You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don’t already have an account.

Step 2:  Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application.  You will be guided through each step in the process.  You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2. A complete assessment questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.  
Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click "Add Attachment".
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).
Step 4: Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field. Click "Continue".
Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the "+" on the Attachments step.
To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Log in to your FBI Jobs account, and click "My Submissions".
Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.
You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of the information you have submitted.
  • Management may select at any grade for which this position has been announced. 
  • 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 an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties. 
  • Limited Movement: Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • Candidates will not be considered if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); a Letter of Requirement (LOR); or have failed a PIP or LOR and are currently awaiting the final action by HRD.

        a. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable."

        b. A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

  • Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from LEGAT assignment. Employees returning from LEGAT assignments must advise the Staffing Unit, Administrative Unit, and the international Operations Unit of their application to apply. 

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This law may impact your transfer. 

  • This legislation made previously non-taxed moving expense reimbursements taxable as of January 1, 2018.  Please see HR Link for a list of the FBI’s current understanding of the applicable tax changes.  However, this may change upon receipt of official guidance from GSA and DOJ.
  • Current law provides the FBI with the authority to compensate employees for much of the tax burden caused by a transfer through the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) process. At this time, it is unclear whether this authority addresses the full impact of the recent change in the tax law.  GSA and DOJ are currently reviewing the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), including the RITA process, in an effort to identify ways to minimize the additional tax burden on transferring employees. 
  • Candidates receiving a transfer of physical location, whether at the expense of the FBI or not, will be required to complete a one-year commitment to the assignment, prior to moving to a new position at the FBI. The 12-month waiting period begins the day an employee reports for duty at the new location.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for the amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

 a.   Per cent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
 b.  The month/year work began
 c.   Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
 d.   Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at [email protected], telephone at 202-324-2158, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit.

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