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Company: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

Summary Join the team! This position is located in the Division of Enforcement & Litigation, Office of Compliance and Field Operations. The Office identifies & investigates potentially hazardous products; enforces mandatory standards & regulations; negotiates voluntary recalls, other corrective actions & civil penalties; conducts administrative litigation to obtain mandatory recalls; and assists in the drafting & review of rules and regulations affecting CPSC's compliance and enforcement authority. Responsibilities The CPSC is seeking recent graduates under the Pathways Program. This position will be assigned to one of the branches in the Enforcement & Litigation Division. This opportunity provides the candidate with a desire to work in the consumer product safety field and/or public sector and assignments are designed to complement the graduates educational field while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and CPSC organizations. The incumbent will be responsible for completing the following: Legal research and cite-checking Case development, including reviewing and summarizing documents, developing and summarizing evidence, and analyzing data Document management, including providing docket support and assisting in document collection, filing, and production Sample collection and tracking Support in preparing for Commission briefings and administrative hearings, including preparing charts, graphs, tables, and other exhibits, and document management and other support during briefings and hearings Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S Citizen. Must meet Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements. 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. If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information. 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: Must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0. Must meet graduation requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. 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. Must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at the application stage). If selected for the position and prior to appointment, official transcript(s) will be required, and they must contain degree conferred date. Education GS-07: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies, Public Policy or Political Science and 1 full year of graduate level education or undergraduate superior academic achievement in one of the identified fields of study. GS-09: Applicants must have a Master's in Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies, Public Policy or Political Science or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in one of the identified fields of study or LL.B or J.D MUST submit college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. All education claimed by applicants will be verified. 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. Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by an accredited organization. Accredited Organizations 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. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The agency may utilize recruitment incentives for this position. This vacancy announcement will close after the receipt of the first 185 applications. 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. 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.

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

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