Student Trainee (Clerk)
Department Of Justice - Albany, NY

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The Department of Justice has a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women. Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. If selected, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive Office of United States Attorney/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org .

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/ .

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

This is an excepted service appointment under the Pathways Intern Program. This appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may at agency discretion be converted to a TERM or permanent appointment. F or more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:
http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/.
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KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.

You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

You must meet half-time student enrollment requirements.

You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment with your application.

DUTIES:
The Student Trainee (Clerk) will provide general office clerical support to one or more professional, program, technical, or administrative staff members inthe United States Attorney's Office. Specific duties include:

  • Answering telephones and referring callers to staff member or taking messages as appropriate;
  • Operating a copy machine;
  • Collating and stapling materials;
  • Sorting and arranging filing material in alphabetical, numerical, or chronological order; and
  • Retrieving/returning requested files and assisting with records retirement.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required: None

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met: Student Status : Definition of a student - applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled. Academic Good Standing : If enrolled, you must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Citizenship : Student Interns must be United States citizens or owe permanent allegiance to the United States. (Currently, natives of American Samoa, Swains Island and certain inhabitants of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are the only groups that owe permanent allegiance to the United States.) Background Investigation : You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment. Pathways Participant Agreement : All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement. Qualification requirements as outlined below.
GS-2 : To be eligible at the GS-2 level, you must have at least three (3) months of general experience; or graduated from high school or equivalent.
General experience is defined as progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates the ability to perform the duties of a student trainee (clerk). Examples of general experience include: answering an office telephone and referring calls to appropriate staff; filing material in alphabetical, numerical or chronological order.

GS-3 : To be eligible at the GS-3 level, you must have: at least 6 months of general experience; or one (1) year of education above the high school level; or a combination of both general experience and education as explained below.
General experience is defined as progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates the ability to perform the duties of a student trainee (clerk). Examples of general experience include: answering an office telephone and referring calls to appropriate staff; filing material in alphabetical, numerical or chronological order; operating a copying machine; collating and stapling materials.

Combining Education and Experience: Successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or equivalent is the normal prerequisite is creditable at the GS-3 level. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov .
Foreign Education Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 grouping categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these groupings, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. All CP/CPS preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification and eligibility requirements will be included in the "Best Qualified" grouping.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:
Technical Competence - Knowledge of how to perform one's job. Refers to specialized knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience.

Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions

BENEFITS:
Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Selectees for this position are ineligible for life insurance, retirement (including the Thrift Savings Plan), long
term care insurance, and within grade increases.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans' Preference - If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application, check the appropriate box in the assessment questionnaire to indicate your preference, and submit the required documentation, as specified below.

•In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
•In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
Selective Service : If you are a male applicant 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. See www.sss.gov .

Reasonable Accommodation Statement : Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

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