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Paralegal Specialist Duties: The candidate 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 their 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: receiving incoming phone calls, office mail, faxes, and delivery, re-stocking office supplies, and printing from the office e-mail inbox. Proofreads orders and initial decision before issuance for substance and compliance with the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation and the Board's format.
Qualification and Experience
Education for GS-07: 1 full year year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
Education for GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two 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.
Education for GS-11: 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.
Specialized Experience for GS-07/09/11: The candidate 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. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. 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. Skill in researching and maintaining legal databases using electronic resources. Skill in communicating with others in order to exchange legal information.
Combination of Education and Experience at GS-07/09/11: May have combinations of completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018.
Announcement Number: MSPB-DE-DEFO-2018-0023. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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