Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys Lead Legal Assistant (OA) in Hammond, Indiana
The announcement is being re-opened to solicit additional applications. If you have already applied to this position, there is no need to re-apply unless you need to update your initial application/supporting documents. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for any of the Hiring Paths listed for this announcement, this position is also being announced to All U.S. Citizens and Nationals under announcement number 21-INN-11030811-DE.
If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing legal and litigative support to the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Indiana. The incumbent of this position serves as the Lead Legal Assistant responsible for assisting the Supervisory Legal Assistant by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Legal Support Staff. Additionally, the incumbent serves as a Legal Assistant responsible for directly and independently supporting Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) by providing a wide variety of technical assistance. The work requires a specialized knowledge of the processes, procedures, and legal assistant activities in conjunction with a knowledge of clerical and administrative office skills. The work also requires the ability to apply these skills to increase the effectiveness of the assigned AUSA and their caseload. Typical work assignments will include (but are not limited to): Distributing and balancing the workload among employees in accordance with job assignments established by the supervisor. Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and gives on-the-job training to employees. Assists in keeping employees informed of, explaining, justifying, and promoting the goals of the supervisor and management. Monitoring training needs of employees within the work unit, recommending types of training, and conducting training as needed. Reports to supervisor with regards to performance and training needs of employees, and conduct issues. Examining, preparing and processing a variety of technical legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, subpoenas, and libels. Providing assistance to attorneys in trial preparation. Assembling exhibits, affidavits, and other legal documents. Assembling and organizing files and records material for disposition or transfer to records depository. Maintaining calendar of assigned active cases. Tracking filing, hearing, and trials dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews. Arranging travel by preparing itinerary and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Producing a variety of written documents and materials using a wide range of office software applications. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.
Conditions of Employment
To qualify for this position, you must meet the requirements of the grade level as described below: Specialized Experience: To be eligible at the GS-8 level, you must possess at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of technical legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experiences may include the following: examining, preparing and processing technical legal correspondence and documents which are characteristically voluminous and complex in format; processing and organizing legal data and other supportive material; reviewing incoming material and independently determining the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas; conducting factual and legal research in legal and non-legal databases; and managing paper and electronic documents and evidence, correspondence, briefs, witness interviews, and other documentary materials. Office Automation Proficiency: You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors. (A typing test may later be required.) Time-In-Grade Requirement (if applicable): Current federal employees must have served at the next lower grade level (GS-7) for at least 52 weeks prior to job placement to be eligible for appointment. The complete Qualification Standards used for this position may be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-CLER Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized. The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.