Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
02/07/2020 to 09/30/2020
Pay scale & grade
GS 7 - 11
$43,251 to $101,503 per year
The salary range listed covers multiple locality pay rates. Your actual salary will depend on the location and grade you are hired for.
40 vacancies in the following locations:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
If hired through this open continuous advertisement, you will provide administrative and legal support services to attorneys and legal staff within the U.S. Trustee Program. Work may include: performing legal research, document review, citation analysis, and other case-related administrative duties. Specific duties may vary slightly depending on what regional office you are hired by.
Learn more about this agency
The duties listed here are expected at the full performance level (GS-11), if you are hired at a lower grade level, the duties you perform will be similar, but with greater supervision and reduced complexity.
- Support attorneys in the review of bankruptcy cases filed under title 11, U.S.C.
- Provide litigation support to Assistant U.S. Trustees, trial attorneys, and auditors in organizing and summarizing evidence and discovery, and preparing evidentiary exhibits to be presented in court, such as statistical charts, graphs, and summaries.
- Perform detailed legal research of public records.
- Examine case-related documents (e.g., financial statements, reports, inventories, invoices, and employment data) to determine relevance to the case and legal sufficiency.
- Provide technical assistance in processing legal documents and storing and retrieving case information.
Conduct conferences with debtors, trustees, and their attorneys to collect information and discuss compliance with advise on Title 11 requirements.
- Monitor the progress of pending cases and initiate action to ensure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established court deadlines.
- Track and monitor important case deadlines and inform staff about approaching deliverables.
Other duties as assigned:
You will also perform a variety of administrative duties in support of attorneys and auditors within the regional offices, these duties may vary slightly from location to location but may generally include: regional oversight of Closing Documents for Chapter 7 cases, regional MTR case review, purchase card activities, and financial records system entries.
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a United States Citizen or National.
- You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
- You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or trial period.
- Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
- You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
- This is an open-continuous posting. Multiple selections will be made throughout the open period based on the cut-off schedule outlined in the announcement text.
- If you apply to the San Juan, Puerto Rico location, you must demonstrate a fluency and proficiency with the Spanish language to be considered.
- You must have at least 6 months of experience working with bankruptcy case law and regulatory provisions.
This vacancy is being advertised at grades 7, 9, and 11, to account for future organizational needs. However, at this time, the organization is primarily targeting applicants at grades 9 and 11. You are encouraged to apply for any grade at which you qualify.
Spanish Language Proficiency Requirement for Puerto Rico Locations:
If you wish to be considered at the San Juan, Puerto Rico location, you must be able to demonstrate a fluency in the Spanish language. This means you are able to read, write, and converse in Spanish. You may be required to demonstrate this proficiency during an interview. This requirement applies ONLY at the San Juan location.
Bankruptcy Experience Selective Placement Factor:
To qualify for this position (at any grade level) you must have at least six (6) months bankruptcy experience with a basic knowledge of bankruptcy regulations and procedures. Your bankruptcy experience could have been complemented by experience with insolvency and/or forensic auditing. Note: Education cannot be substituted for the six months bankruptcy experience requirement.
*** MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-7 ***
- You may qualify for GS-7 if you have one year of experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Applying a general knowledge of basic legal terms and concepts; providing routine administrative support to attorneys; researching case law to address simple legal questions; and/or reviewing and/or editing legal documents. -OR-
- You may qualify for GS-7 if you have completed one full year of graduate-level study in a related field, possess a Master's degree, or if you have earned a Bachelor's degree in a related field with superior academic achievement.-OR-
- You may quality for GS-7 if you have a combination of education and experience that meets the total requirement when combined.
*** MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-9 ***
- You may quality for GS-9 if you have at least one year of specialized experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Advising represented parties on legal concepts and precedents relevant to the case; providing case file management support to attorneys by tracking and monitoring deadlines and ensuring timelines are met; conducting legal research for cases related to bankruptcy proceedings, using electronic and hard-copy records and information systems; and/or reviewing and editing legal documents and other case records and files. -OR-
- You may qualify for GS-9 if you have a master's (or equivalent) graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related. -OR-
- You may quality for GS-9 if you have a combination of education and experience that meet the total requirement when combined.
*** MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11 ***
- You may qualify for GS-11 if you have at least one year of specialized experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Evaluating case information to determine relevancy and advising represented parties with expert legal knowledge; managing cases for attorneys, ensuring that case documents, petitions, and motions adhere to court requirements; conducting extensive analysis of public records, case documents, and court proceedings, and providing a detailed summary to justify a given position or conclusion; and/or completing legal documents, forms, and memorandae for submission in case proceedings, ensuring that all written materials adhere to accepted format and layout. -OR-
- You may qualify for GS-11 if you have a master's (or equivalent) graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related. -OR-
- You may quality for GS-11 if you have a combination of education and experience that meet the total requirement when combined.
NOTES REGARDING QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
- When qualifying based on education, "superior academic achievement" is defined as:
- You maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or
- You maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all coursed in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or
- You rank in the upper one-third of your class in college, university, or major subdivision; or
- You are a member of a national honor group (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
- To compute combinations of education and experience: divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.
- Support your claims: Your resume and supporting documentation must support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.
- To preview the questionnaire for this position, click this link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10706137
- To be considered, you must meet all qualifications requirements by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the next closest cut-off date.
- If you do not yet meet the requirements by the cut date, your application will be held and may be considered again at the next cut date.
- You may update your supporting documents, resume, and other materials at any time during the open period. However, you may not update your responses to the applicant assessment questionnaires.
There is no positive education requirement for this position. Education can be substituted for experience under some conditions as stated in the Qualifications section. Superior academic achievement may be taken into consideration when determining qualifications, please see the Qualifications section for details.
Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be creditable toward your qualifications. Therefore, you should provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation
.All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.
General Employment Information:
How You Will Be Evaluated
Locations with Immediate Openings:
This announcement is open to all 94 locations the US Trustee Program operates, this way unexpected openings at those locations can be filled in the future. However, there are some locations with immediate openings that need to be filled.These locations include:
- Maryland: Baltimore and Greenbelt
- Washington DC
- Roanoke, Virginia
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- California: Fresno, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Ana
- Denver, Colorado
- Wilmington, Delaware
- Macon, Georgia
- Wichita, Kansas
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Portland, Maine
- Detroit, Michigan
- Concord, New Hampshire
- Newark, New Jersey
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- New York: Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Rochester
- Ohio: Columbus and Cincinnati
- Portland, Oregon
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Austin, Texas
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Seattle, Washington
=== WE WILL REVIEW APPLICATIONS AT THE FOLLOWING CUT-OFF DATES ===
- February 29th, 2020 (first cut-off date)
- March 31st, 2020
- April 30th, 2020
- May 31st, 2020
- June 30th, 2020
- July 31st, 2020
- August 31st, 2020
- September 30th, 2020 (final closing date)
To be considered, you must meet all qualifications requirements by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the next closest cut-off date.
If you do not yet meet the requirements by the cut date, your application will be held and may be considered again at the next cut date. You may update your application and materials at any time during the open period, should your qualifications status or documentation change.
As each cut-off date approaches, a review
of all complete applications meeting the minimum qualifications requirements will be conducted by the HR Specialist. The information you provide will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility
for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified
for this particular position. Referrals will be made to hiring offices based on hiring need, request, and locations where vacancies may occur. Your application will only be considered for locations to which you have indicated as part of your application. It is not possible for us to determine in advance where openings may occur.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
- Case Management
- Legal Administrative Support
- Legal Writing & Research
- Professional Communication
Background checks and security clearance
Documentation requirements may vary from applicant to applicant based on your eligibility claims.
For example, if you are a student using education to qualify (where applicable), a transcript would be required for you, but not for applicants qualifying based on experience alone. Likewise, Veteran documents would be required only from applicants claiming Veteran's Preference. It is your responsibility to carefully review the list of document descriptions below, to see which documents are required for your application.
ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a detailed resume containing the following pieces of information for each job listed:
- official position title,
- employer name and contact information,
- start and end dates (including month and year),
- a detailed list of duties & accomplishments,
- your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved, and
- he number of hours worked per week (or indicate full-time).
If you're unsure about what to include in your resume, please review the USAJOBS Resume Writing Tutorial
on YouTube. You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder
, as this will ensure you're including everything that is required.
If you are claiming a Veterans Preference
- When claiming a Veteran's Preference, you must submit your last DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) form, specifically the Member #4 Copy, indicating dates and character of service and discharge type.
- If you are a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, you will need to additionally submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
- If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. See Veteran Family Preference for more information.
- For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets.
If you are a person with a severe disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A
- You must submit "proof of a disability" documentation from your doctor or a licensed vocational rehabilitation professional. You can see sample letters here.
- For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM's Schedule A site.
If you are a displaced Federal employee claiming eligibility under CTAP or ICTAP
- You must submit your separation notice or agency RIF letter from your agency.
- If you have not yet been separated, you can provide the letter of intent to separate you from the agency because of reduction-in-force.
- See USAJOBS' Career Transition Programs for more information.
If you are a student
or using education to qualify for this position:
- You must submit a transcript, which may be unofficial, as long as it contains a full listing of courses, credit earned, grade and grade-point-average, subject area, degree(s) earned, and dates of award.
- Your transcript must come from a nationally-accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education.
- If submitting a foreign transcript, you must have the transcript reviewed by an approved foreign education review organization recognized by the Department of Education.
- Please do not submit electronic transcripts with documentation security protection, these may prevent our application system from accepting and processing the document.
USAJOBS - What documents might I need to provide?
Application Manager Help - Documents
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application questionnaire and submit your supporting documentation. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/30/2020 to receive consideration. Please note that if the vacancy has an application limit, it will be listed at the top of the announcement by USAJOBS, and the closing date may be sooner than listed here.If you would like to preview the assessment questionnaire, please see: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10706137
- Click "Apply Online" to get started.
- If you're not logged in to your USAJOBS account, you will need to login. If you don't have an account, please create one.
- You will be prompted to select one of your stored (or uploaded) resumes, and any supporting documents you have uploaded to USAJOBS. If you have not uploaded these documents, you can do so later before submitting your application.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, you will be asked to submit your demographic information (if you have provided this in your profile). Submission is optional and anonymous.
- You'll be asked to confirm your choices and certify the accuracy of your information before you're able to continue to the Application Manager system. Until you see the blue border and DOJ logo, you are still on USAJOBS. You'll see a folder animation just before you leave USAJOBS.
- Once you reach DOJ's Application Manager system, you'll be asked to verify the information you transmitted from USAJOBS. You will then respond to the application assessment questionnaires and indicate your eligibility options.
- After responding to the questionnaires, you will have the opportunity to attach the documents you brought over from USAJOBS *OR* upload documents directly from your computer or device.
- If you opt to upload a document directly, click the "Upload" button and select the document on your device, then wait for the upload to finish. Repeat as needed. Documents must be less than 3 MB each and should be in a compatible file format.
- Once all your documents are uploaded, you must assign the uploads to the appropriate document category. You may attach more than one document to each category. Click the drop-down menu for a document category, and select one of the available options in the menu. The document will be listed under this category. You can click the drop-down again to add other documents, as needed. You can have up to 15 document assignments.
- Once you've uploaded and assigned all your documents to an appropriate document type, you can proceed to the final verification step, and click Submit.
- If you have correctly submitted your application, you will receive an automated e-mail notification within 30-60 minutes. Be sure to review the announcement fully to make sure that your application contains everything that is required.
If you need help with the application process, please see the USAJOBS Help Site
(for everything on the USAJOBS-side), or the Application Manager Help Site
(for everything on the DOJ-side). Regrettably, the Department of Justice cannot assist you with USAJOBS account issues. If you contact us for assistance and the problem is related to your USAJOBS account, we will have to direct you to USAJOBS to remedy the issue.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are unable to apply online due to a disability or overseas deployment, you must request an alternative application, which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Willie Smith at Willie.firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 616-3742 to discuss your situation. Accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Indicate that you're asking for a reasonable accommodation in your e-mail subject so the HR Specialist knows where to direct you.
You will receive e-mail notifications as your application status is updated by DOJ. However, you can also see your application status any time by logging in to your USAJOBS account and looking on the "Applications" page. Click the position title to expand the display for each application in the list. Click here to learn more about checking your application status, or see what each application status means.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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