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Paralegal (Advanced) The candidate support the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Perform a wide range of paralegal services that include assisting attorneys through research and development of regulatory interpretations involving complex regulatory issues, including the application of programs’ statutes, standards and policies. Develop draft proposals for policy options and/or interpretative positions, as appropriate, for reviews, investigations, compliance and sanction actions in response to requests for clarification and guidance. Develop draft proposals for compliance directives, and sanction or other enforcement documents, and assist in their implementation. Assist in preparing draft Federal Register Notices, and in monitoring, analyzing and preparing proposed responses to public comments. Conduct legal research, including legislative history, legislation, regulations, and case law, as appropriate. Ability to confirm and prioritize project plans and deliverables as agreed upon between the staff contractor and ECA COR and Office/Division supervisor (or Office Director or Deputy Director).
Qualification and Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree is required for this position; however, a Master’s Degree or other advanced degree is preferred. Must have 3 years of paralegal/legal assistant (or attorney) experience, preferably in a federal agency, is required for this position. Experience: Experience in conducting legal research of the Federal code, regulations, policies, procedures, case law, and legal decisions to provide support and guidance in administrative proceedings, investigations, litigation, and appeals and related matters and issues. Experience in researching, identifying and resolving legal and factual issues in cases; researching legal statutes and precedents related to local, state or federal laws; preparing legal documents; and utilizing any automated system to retrieve data and provide assistance. Experience with the J-1 exchange visitor visa or different types of non-immigrant visas (e.g., F-1 student visa, H1B temporary worker visa, H-3 trainee visa, B-1/2 business/tourist visa). Experience in developing standard operating procedures for internal and external users. Experience in program administration, operating procedures, oversight and monitoring. Significant familiarity or direct experience in international educational and cultural exchanges, or other types of international programming or activities. Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for U.S. foreign affairs agencies and/or international organizations. Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for the Department, ECA. Experience in the drafting and formulating reporting mechanisms, policies, processes and procedures. Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles and methods applicable to researching, analyzing, writing, editing and presenting complex statutory or regulatory material and related issue/policy memoranda and interpretations. Knowledge and experience in evaluating and interpreting statutory and regulatory requirements and for determining the consistency of policies, standards, directives, interpretations, etc. related to those requirements. Knowledge of internal and external processes and requirements for preparing Federal Register Notices and experience in drafting Federal Register Notices. Knowledge of Federal laws, executive orders, regulations, and rules related to the administration and oversight of the Exchange Visitor Program and J-1 exchange visitor visa. Knowledge of Federal procurement law, immigration law, constitutional law, and FOIA, privacy, information, ethics and general administrative law. In-depth knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and SharePoint). Knowledge of the litigation process, including conducting legal research. Should have excellent ability to utilize, and possibly develop, automated document management systems. Must have excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to provide legal assistance, including legal research and writing, to ECA managers and staff. Foreign language skills are preferred.
Req Code 154-SMS-DC0-18
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