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Company: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

Summary Join the team! This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (GC) and is supervised by the Commission Secretary. The Secretary facilitates the Commission's decision-making process, serving as liaison between the Commission and the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), and managing the Commission's Directives System. This position will also support GC's Division of Federal Court Litigation, General Law Division, Information Access Division, and Regulatory Affairs Division. Responsibilities As a Paralegal Specialist you will perform substantive paralegal and legal assistance duties in support of the professional work of the Commission's legal office. These varied duties may include legal and factual research; examining administrative and litigation records and preparing digests of law or fact; drafting Commission or staff-level correspondence and decisional documents; reviewing, cite-checking, finalizing, and submitting Federal Register notices, briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents; analyzing discovery and administrative record materials; maintaining agency records; and other similar duties and projects of comparable scope and complexity. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S Citizen. Must meet Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements. This is an appointment under the CPSC Recent Graduate program. You must have graduated within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The program duration is one year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a Participant Agreement. Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period. This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn. Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service. The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities. Qualifications Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in this program: You must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0. Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Must meet graduation requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply. May submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position. Education Mandatory Education Requirement: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies, Government, Political Science or other field of study involving substantial course work in research (transcripts must support this) and 1 full year of graduate level education or undergraduate superior academic achievement in one of the identified fields of study. In order to be creditable under the provision, superior academic achievement (SAA) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. SAA is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. The education must be from an accredited school. Accredited Schools Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by an accredited organization. Accredited Organizations If you are graduating in the Spring of 2023, you must provide proof of graduation before appointment. Additional Information CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement. All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. As a condition of employment, the selectee must reside in the local commuting area of the duty station listed in this announcement. Telework schedules (within the local commuting area) are approved on a case-by-case basis. Employees will have an onsite requirement each week. Proof of residence may be required. This position is in the bargaining unit, The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 3579. The job announcements will close after receipt of 90 applications or by 11:59pm on the closing date provided in the announcement. As a condition of employment, the selectee must reside in the local commuting area of the duty station listed in this announcement. Telework schedules (within the local commuting area) are approved on a case-by-case basis. Employees will have an onsite requirement each week. Proof of residence may be required.

Keywords: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bethesda , PARALEGAL SPECIALIST (RECENT GRADUATE), Legal , Bethesda, Maryland

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