<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>OPPORTUNITY</strong> : The AO is seeking applicants for the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op). The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience for students interested in a public service career. <strong>Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program</strong>. The student will have an opportunity to improve his or her writing, research, analytical, logical, multi-tasking, and customer-service skills. Students are expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week (full-time) during the summer. Students will be appointed on a temporary basis with the duration to be determined based on the academic program. Upon graduation and successful completion of academic requirements, the AO may non-competitively convert a Co-op student to a permanent appointment.<br /><br />The position will serve in the Defender Services Office (DSO). The DSO administers the Federal appointed counsel program consisting of Federal public defenders; community defenders organizations and private panel attorneys. The Defender Services program operates pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA),18U.S.C.§3006A. The incumbent of this position will report to the Chief of the Administrative Operations Staff. The Administrative Operations Staff (AOS) provides administrative, logistical, financial and technical support for the Defender Services Office.<br /><br /><strong>This is a part-time position. Students are allowed to work up to 32 hours during the regular school year. Full time during the summer months, spring and fall breaks.</strong><br /><br />The duties of the position may include, but are not be limited to, the following<br /><br />1. Analyzing and applying travel policy for all travel and financial related duties;<br /> 2. Assisting the travel service liaison with travel related problems;<br /> 3. Processing, preparing and monitoring travel authorizations and vouchers for external travelers<br /> 4. Answering questions from internal and external travelers related to travel funding and policy;<br /> 5. Identifying and tracking problems related to internal and external travel and seeking solutions;<br /> 6. Reconciling invoices monthly; and<br /> 7. Various projects/tasks as assigned, including answering telephones. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 00 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> <strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:</strong> <li>All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.</li> <li>Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http: ww.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .</li> <li>All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.</li> <li> Appointment will be subject to a successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.</li> <li>You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.</li> <li>If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.</li> <li>Selectees must be currently enrolled in an accredited program.</li> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Qualification Requirements: </strong> Qualifications for AO Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) positions are closely related to the criteria established for executive branch positions by the Office of Personnel Management. Co-op positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system. Salary is set commensurate with educational background and experience. Demonstrated relevant work experience will be credited. <ul> <li>Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in either an undergraduate or graduate level program.</li> <li>Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate education beyond high school.</li> <li>Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 <strong>(TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)</strong></li> <li>Applicants must be available to work year round in Washington, DC, and be able to stay for at least one year.</li> </ul> <strong>Additional Qualification Requirements:</strong> In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also: <ul> <li>Have the ability to work well in a team environment.</li> <li>Have very strong communication and reading skills and be detailed oriented.</li> <li>Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, or WordPerfect.</li> <li>Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.</li> </ul> <strong> Ideal candidate/Preferred not required : </strong>Students who are currently enrolled in an online degree program. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>School Affiliation: </strong> All students in the Co-op program must be enrolled in an accredited school, and must be working toward a degree, diploma, certificate, etc. on a full or part-time basis. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States. Transcripts are required to apply for this position.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.<br /><br />You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required: <ul> <li>Resume – Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.</li> <li>Citizenship – Include country of citizenship on resume.</li> <li>Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) – All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.</li> <li>Veterans Preference documentation – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.<br /> </li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.