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Government Jobs, Paralegal Vacancy At DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Apply Now

Posted on: 14 Mar 2020 134 views
: Paralegal
: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/
: JD

Open & closing dates: 03/03/2020 to 03/23/2020

Salary: $67,437 to $95,676 per year

Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Paralegal Specialist/ PD#33072-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Not eligible
Telework: Eligible
Virtual Position: No

This recruitment is for one position with the Office of General Counsel, District Contracting National located in Arlington, TX, Portland, OR, Houston, TX, Decatur, GA. Vacancies can be filled at any of the duty locations listed.

Responsibilities

Paralegal Specialist, PD# 33072-A

Providing direct litigation support to trial attorneys before the Government Accountability Office, US District Courts, US Court of Federal Claims, and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeal. Gathering all relevant facts and information needed for case development and processing. Compiling, organizing, and indexing various evidentiary exhibits to assist in litigation preparation, and drafting pleadings, discovery and other litigation correspondence. Preparing narrative summaries of research, interviews, and cases for attorneys. Preparing discovery, motions, memoranda, briefs, legal opinions, and/or other written documents and communications. Prioritizing and managing assigned cases and program duties. Determining the approach to be taken and methodology to be used on assignments. Establishing follow ups required to complete work product (e.g., citations, references, additional research or tasks needed). Executing litigation hold processes to ensure record retention and accessibility. Coordinating hearing preparation arrangements (court reporter, V-Tel, parking, location etc.).Utilizing all available research systems and resources in conducting extensive legal research and writing on assigned cases and/or programs. Managing systems for sharing information and organizing program work. Scanning and embedding case information into case management systems. Maintaining complete and accurate time and status entries in case management systems.Keeping supervisors and trial attorneys informed of actions involving potentially controversial issues or issues with far-reaching implications.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however, there may be light physical work required, such as carrying files.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/23/2020.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a (GS-11) position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-(GS-09). The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

Specialized Experience (GS-11):

Experience employing various principles, concepts, and methods when conducting in-depth legal research. Experience investigating, analyzing, and resolving issues with minimal guidance. Provides effective direct legal service delivery, to include fact finding, problem analysis, problem solving, legal writing, and interpreting regulations and policies. Prepares legal materials which may significantly affect the litigation process or agency position. Experience interviewing clients, witnesses and claimants.
or
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
NOTE:

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. 
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are required:

  1. Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).
  2. Current, permanent VA employee- you must submit a copy of your last or most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note:. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one-year-old.
  3. Copy of unofficial transcripts if using education to substitute for experience. Must show the name of the college to determine accreditation. If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honourable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honourable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/23/2020

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

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