Paralegal Specialist

US Department of Defense - Fort Lee, VA4.3

Full-time
Duties
Summary
The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency mission is our people. It is DeCA's goal to have a workforce that is comprised of our nation's diverse cultures and backgrounds. DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families, as well as current DeCA employees. The agency employs over 15,000 people and its annual sales exceed $4 billion.

Responsibilities
This is a developmental position. Work assignments are progressively complex and intended to broaden your skills and provide you with practical experience to prepare you to perform at the target grade level. At the target grade level, the major duties are:

Serve as a Paralegal Specialist in the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Office of General Council (OGC), providing assistance to Agency attorneys on matters that do not require a law degree and admission to the bar.
Act as DeCA OGC legal representative at meetings and by telephone between DeCA, outside agencies, contractors and clients for the purpose of gathering information to use in developing recommendations, legal advice, opinions, and legal strategy by attorneys assigned to DeCA.
Gather, analyze and prepare litigation reports for submission to the DeCA General Counsel, Department of Justice (DoJ), and investigators.
Use statistical techniques to gather and analyze litigation data to evaluate the usefulness in researching legal issues.
Compose a variety of legal documents such as affidavits and other agreements as determined necessary by the responsible attorney.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - May be required to travel by scheduled and nonscheduled government and/or commercial aircraft, as well as other modes of travel, under conditions specified in the Department of Defense Joint Travel Regulations.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Job family (Series)
0950 Paralegal Specialist

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen
Must apply by 11:59 EST on the closing date of vacancy
Work Schedule: Full Time
Tour of Duty: M-F 0730-1630
Permanent change of Station (PCS) Cost: Are NOT authorized
Position sensitivity: Non-Critical Sensitive
Security Requirements: Secret
Overtime: Occasionally
Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Physical Requirement: Not applicable
Obligated Position: No
Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit https://www.sss.gov/ for more information.
Qualifications
Per OPM's Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards, to qualify for this position, by the closing date of this announcement, you must possess one of the following:

To qualify at the GS-09 grade level:
(a) One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 grade level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at the GS-07 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military, or private sector.

Creditable specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Performing data searches, with specific parameters, using automated data bases to determine the status of ongoing actions or cases. Providing administrative support to higher graded specialists preparing for various, complex investigations, administrative hearings, court proceedings and arbitrations. Reviewing legal material and providing facts, summations, and other pertinent information to aid in interviewing witnesses and pertinent document collection.

OR

(b) A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education ( https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ ) and in an appropriate field of study as described elsewhere in this announcement.

OR

(c) A combination of experience and education equaling 100% of the qualifications.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level:
(a) One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 grade level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military, or private sector.

Creditable specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Searching, analyzing and actively using online data and public filings, processing systems and other records maintained by government entities throughout the country to determine the status of various litigation and other matters. Assisting in the evaluation, development and litigation of EEO, personnel, labor, and contract cases for clients. Participate in court and administrative hearings on employee complaints, appeals, protests, investigations and arbitrations, depending on specific assignment. Investigating, gathering, classifying, interpreting and summarizing the factual situation, including any necessary statistical data which involves interviewing witnesses, collecting documents and statements, and compiling case files.

OR

(b) A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education ( https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ ) and in an appropriate field of study as described elsewhere in this announcement.

OR

(c) A combination of experience and education equaling 100% of the qualifications.

Volunteer Experience: Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through a National Service program (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.
Education

If you are relying on education to qualify, then:
Your education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ for more information.
If using foreign education, please see additional requirements at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
To be creditable, education must be in a major field such as criminal justice, paralegal, business ethics, research and analysis, law legal studies, or other fields related to the position that has equipped you with the knowledge and ability to perform the work of the position.
Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts for the application process, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by this office no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.
If selected, an official transcript MUST be received before an Entrance of Duty date is set.
Additional information
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing.
Position is being recruited at the GS-09 (target 11) and GS-11 grade levels.
If selected at a grade below the target grade of the position, you may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory, and when recommended by the supervisor.
Promotion is not guaranteed.
If selected, you may be required to serve a two-year probationary period.
Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration.
Individuals with Financial Difficulty: https://chcoc.gov/sites/default/files/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies_0.pdf .
Regarding Interviews: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.
Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. Annuitant applicants are advised, in accordance with DoD Policy, further consideration for the vacancy is not permitted, irrespective of eligibility or qualifications. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf . Reemployed Annuitant: A former federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is an Annuitant.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following Competencies:

Reasoning
Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
Communication

REVIEW OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS: To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

Based on the results of the evaluation process, we place those who apply under delegated examining procedures in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the position's minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors.
Highly-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position's minimum qualifications.
Qualified: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are proficient in some but not all of the position's requirements.

We send candidates in the Best-Qualified category to the hiring manager for employment consideration first. We send candidates in other categories to the hiring manager based on category rating procedures. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Category-Rating .

Veterans in the Best-Qualified category who (1) provide all applicable and required documents (See the Required Documents section for more information) and (2) meet all the positions' requirements are referred before non-veteran candidates. If there are no veterans in the Best-Qualified category meeting these criteria, we refer non-veteran candidates for employment consideration.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents

Application packages should include the following documents:
Questionnaire: Required
Transcripts: If using education to qualify; See education section for more information
Resume: Required **To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the following:
Applicant's full legal name and contact information.
Description of your duties
Number of hours worked per week
Beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position

Applicants who fail to provide the required information on their resume will not receive consideration for this position. See http://www.usajobs.gov/Content/pdfs/Tutorials-Resume for more information.

If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify: the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge). A copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," Showing your Character of Service is required when claiming veterans preference. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If unable to verify Character of Service, you will not receive veterans preference.

If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf , and a Veteran Disability (VA) Letter. If you need assistance in obtaining a VA Letter please visit; https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage . If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

If you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within the next 120 days: You must submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the written documentation is signed. If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

Additional required supporting documentation: Required documents vary based on the authority under which you are applying (i.e. current permanent Federal employee, military spouse, Schedule A, etc.). See http://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DeCASupDoc2.pdf for more information.
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.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.