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Paralegal Specialist, GS 09 - 11 The candidate performs legal analysis of requests for information, and other similar legal support functions. Works requires discretion and independent judgment in the application of a specialized body of laws, regulations, agency policies and practices, and judicial or administrative proceedings: Works with electronic documents and file management systems to create and maintain the appeal record. Prepares cases for hearing, including writing synopses of issues and noting case file deficiencies, researching legal issues, assisting at teleconferences and hearings, and drafting orders. Initiates inquiries regarding case processing and responds to appeal inquiries on behalf of the Administrative Judges (AJs) of the office. Drafts initial decisions, involving dismissals because of lack of jurisdiction and/or untimely filing, settlements, and other similar appeals. Performs legal research, analyzing legal decisions, questions, opinions, rulings, and other issues affecting appeals. Performs research from reference sources including various titles of the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Personnel Manual, Westlaw, and Board decisions. Responds to oral and written requests from other Board offices, Congressional offices, the public, appellants and representatives, and agency representatives, concerning potential, pending and past appeals and general Board procedures. Drafts Privacy Act responses and other general correspondences. Analyzes and evaluates initial appeals, determining timeliness and jurisdictional issues and hearing requirements. Performs shared office administrative duties including, but not limited to: receiving incoming phone calls, office mail, faxes, and delivery, re-stocking office supplies, and printing from the office e-mail inbox. Proofread orders and initial decision before issuance for substance and compliance with the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation and the Boardâ€™s format. GS-9: Must have Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2+ years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a closely related field such as Paralegal Studies or Legal Studies. GS-11: Should have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a closely related field such as Paralegal Studies or Legal Studies. Must have 1 year of specialized experience performing the range of duties as described above that has equipped with comprehensive knowledge of the field of federal employment law and related areas of law that impact the rights, status, and obligations of federal employees equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Practical knowledge of a body of laws and related rules, regulations, and precedents involved in Federal employee appeals and litigation relating to Federal employment. Skill in interpreting and applying them to varying situations; skill in evaluating the relevancy of precedents and summarizing pertinent data on issues are needed. Skill in researching and maintaining legal databases using electronic resources is needed. Skill in communicating with others in order to exchange legal information is needed. Skill in problem analysis and problem solving sufficient to communicate in the style and mode appropriate for work at the level of an appeals court is essential. Deadline: 23 March, 2018.
Announcement number: MSPB-MP-DEFO-2018-0021. Apply Online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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