The Antitrust Division has an opening for a Supervisory Paralegal Specialist to join its dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process.
Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Also, a writing sample may be requested of individuals identified as best qualified, to be forwarded to the selecting official along with your application package, upon referral.
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As a Supervisory Paralegal Specialist in the Paralegal Unit, assigned to a specific section, responsibilities will include:
- Providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the office;
- Establishing policy for subordinates and communicates policies and priorities;
- Establishing guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system;
- Providing administrative advice and assistance relative to paralegal duties in decisions affecting the overall operation of the office;
- Assisting attorneys in conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses;
- Helping prepare witnesses for depositions and legal proceedings;
- Establishing and maintaining an organized system for controlling subject matter, witness and document files, and all material to be used as exhibits at grand jury sessions, depositions and trials, e.g., lists, tables, indexes to correlate exhibits and transcripts; selects, assembles, summarizes and compiles substantive information by use of statutes, regulations, department orders, digests, commentaries, legal instruments, and other legal reference material;
- Preparing written products such as routine correspondence, immunity requests, requests for FBI assistance, and factual memoranda;
- Other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
- You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
- You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
- You must submit a complete application package by closing.
- You must meet all qualification requirements by closing.
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http: www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
- This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service, ineligible to be included in the bargaining unit.
- This is a supervisory appointment, subject to a one-year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315.901-909; and may be subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.
- The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
- When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
- Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. The experience must be evident in your resume. OR 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., if related.
Specialized experience at the GS-9 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience must include: performing factual research to supply information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs and similar legal documents; taking accurate and detailed notes during attorney proffers and witness interviews and preparing memoranda from those notes; coding electronic documents and categorizing hard copy documents in accordance with case priorities, using document review platforms; assisting with the preparation and organization of document review databases; organizing and maintaining tracking logs for case-related material; preparing and organizing charts, graphs, and other materials to be used as exhibits in court; appearing in federal court or before grand juries to testify as witness, concerning exhibits prepared to support the case.
To qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. The experience must be evident in your resume.
Specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience must include: experience as a team leader, monitoring the status and progress of work assigned to staff; demonstrated ability to identify, distribute, and balance workload and task among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization; resolving simple, informal complaints of employees and referring others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to an appropriate management official; training and providing guidance to staff paralegals in office procedures, researching and writing, pre-trial and trial duties; preparing for and conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses; drafting memorandum reflecting facts, sources, citations discovered during the course of legal research or witness interview; performing preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys.
Please Note: Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (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 rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive
service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies 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 over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy
is within your ICTAP 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 rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must
provide proof of eligibility with your application 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/ctap/index.asp .
Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.
NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy 4 of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference, in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.
DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http: www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position listed in this announcement. Please Note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.
If you are found to be minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The rating you receive will be based on your responses to the Questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, and will determine the rank in which you place (Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Best Qualified). The "Best Qualified" candidates will be contacted to submit a job market paper or relevant writing sample.
Your application will be further assessed based upon the following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Information Management
- Research and Investigative Skills
- Teaching Others
Using Category Rating procedures, we will determine the "Best Qualified" candidates, who will then be referred for selection. Candidates within the "Best Qualified" category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
- Your Résumé (Cover Letter is optional) – applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
RESUME REQUIREMENTS: ALL APPLICANTS: you must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire. The federal government has very specific resume requirements. If you have not written a federal resume before, you may want to watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. A CV (curriculum vitae) may not contain enough information to meet these resume requirements.
– Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of each employer.
– For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end date (include month and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that your worked.
– Your resume should also include any education and training you have complete (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date)
- Completed Assessment Questionnaire.
- Additional Required Documents: If you are qualifying for this position based on education, you must submit a copy of your transcript to receive consideration. Please Note: Transcript must include your Full Name (First Name and Last Name)
- Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples Include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
- Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable). – If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member Copy-4), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans. – If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.- If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 http: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http: www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.
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.