Legal Assistant (Office Automation)
Office of the Secretary of Labor - Washington, DC

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About the Agency

The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees of the United States. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws. When claimants are dissatisfied with the Government's decisions related to job benefits or workplace injuries, they have the privilege of appealing the Government's findings to one of DOL's adjudicatory bodies, including the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB), the Administrative Review Board (ARB), and the Benefits Review Board (BRB).

This position is located in the Benefits Review Board. The incumbent services as a Legal Assistant (Office Automation) in the Docket Branch. The incumbent receives, processes, and develops documentation required to support an appeal under the Act. It is the responsibility of the incumbent to create the docket folder with corresponding entries into the Case Processing System (CPS). The incumbent will update the docket folder with corresponding CPS entries as further documentation and actions are processed including closure of the file when the appeal is completed.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

There is no further promotion potential for this position.

Applications for this announcement will be accepted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
U.S. Citizenship.
Must be at least 16 years of age.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Announcement may be used to fill similar positions. DUTIES: Back to top
  • Receives and processes incoming mail and prepares reports as necessary. Incumbent receives, reviews and files letters of appeal and supporting documents submitted by appellants or their representatives. Determines whether the appeal request is complete and complies with Board requirements and is suitable for review. Determines whether new evidence has been submitted to the Board and provides written and oral information to appellant regarding options to continue appeal before the Board or request reconsideration before OWCP.
  • Receives and processes incoming telephone calls and electronic inquiries, including congressional inquiries.
  • Receives correspondence or pleadings and annotates the docket folder and Case Processing System (CPS) to reflect receipt and due date for response or other actions required. Initiates and completes timely and appropriate follow-up actions as required to complete the docket folder and obtain the case record, including running reports and taking action as needed. Ensures that case records are filed appropriately.
  • Directs all requests, after processing, for dismissal, attorney fee requests, petitions for reconsideration and motions submitted by the Solicitor's Office to the Paralegal staff or the Clerk of the Board for action.
  • Identifies cases for which oral argument has been requested. Prepare and mail letter clarifying request for oral argument. Transfer the case record between legal staff and Solicitor of Labor, as necessary. Informs parties of oral argument dates set by supervisor and forwards to appellant copies of standard procedures for oral argument along with the statement of issues to be addressed as identified by the staff attorney or supervisor. Processes requests for cancellations or oral argument and advises other parties; reschedules oral arguments as directed by the supervisor. Makes all appropriate CPS entries. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-06, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience performing legal support work relating to the examination, preparation and processing of legal documents, mail and incoming case related materials using an electronic case tracking system.

Experience may have been gained in the Federal, Public or Private Sector.

In addition to meeting experience applicants must possess the following skill: 40 words per minute typing speed (Words per minute are based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors). Applicants may meet this requirement by passing the appropriate performance test, presenting a certificate of proficiency from a school or other organization authorized to issue such certificates by the Office of Personnel Management local office, or by self-certifying their proficiency.

This position does not have a positive education requirement. Transcripts are not a required document.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

1. Communication (Written and Oral) - Skill and ability to communicate effectively in writing. Knowledge of spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation in order to successfully prepare written communications. Skill and ability to orally communicate effectively.

2. Legal Support - Knowledge of required legal formats and directives regarding preparation of written communications.

3. Office Automation - Knowledge of office automation software, practices, and procedures; competitive level proficiency in typing; and ability to apply these knowledge and skills in the performance of general office support work.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).

The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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You can review our benefits at:!benefits.hms?orgId=1&jnum=119833

OTHER INFORMATION: 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.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top Follow the 5 steps below to apply.

Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

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