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POSITION GRADE & SERIES: CS-986-09 (Step 1 to Step 04)


Legal Assistant

SALARY RANGE: $51, 039 - $55,929 per year ** **Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. CLOSING DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2017

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Term Appointment NTE 13 Months NO. OF VACANCIES: One WORKSITE LOCATION: Child Support Services Division Aging Cases Unit th 441 4 Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This position is located in the Child Support Services Division, Aging Cases and Judgment Renewal Unit:           

Monitors the District of Columbia Child Support Enforcement System (DCCSES) to retrieve motion referrals. Prepares Motions to Modify Due to Incarceration when appropriate. Visits DC and PG County jails, community centers, and homeless shelters to seek additional referrals. Assists the agency with outreach efforts related to incarcerated and re-entry parents. Reviews customer and legal information to process petitions and draft motions by interviewing agency officials, potential witnesses, available documents, and sources of information. Drafts complaints, responses, motions, legal briefs, and memoranda as appropriate. Monitors case tracking system to ensure that deadlines are met. Develops and monitors office procedures for legal matters. Maintains files of administrative policies, cases, applicable law, legal publications, and other professional reference materials. Develops and implements processes for file disposition. Answers phone inquiries regarding case status by providing information from files and records.

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Exercises discretion and judgment in determining whether the inquirer is entitled to such information. Receives correspondence, memoranda, and referrals from the supervisor for appropriate recording and distribution to staff. Reviews all documents to ensure that documents are handled in accordance with established administrative policies. Serves as a notary public and maintains notary equipment in accordance with local rules.

QUALIFICATIONS: Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the position’s duties, and that is sufficiently applicable to the position. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of education. Time-In-Grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process and must be answered by all applicants for consideration. Responses to the ranking factors should describe specific achievements, experience, education, training, etc. that demonstrates your ability to perform the job. Moreover, your responses should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. Ranking Factor #1: Knowledge of the justice system, the interrelationships of various jurisdictions and the concepts related to litigation, and how cases process through the system. Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of legal research and analysis. Ranking Factor #3: Skill in preparing concise and cogent summaries of testimony interviews, precedent cases, key evidence, citations, and other matters. Ranking Factor #4: Skill in performing extensive research using online legal resources to gather and compile legal information to be used as evidence in court hearings. Knowledge of and ability to operate Pro-Law. Ranking Factor #5: Skill in communicating precisely and effectively, both orally and in writing. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Incumbent is required to make frequent visits from the worksite to the DC Superior Court to file necessary legal documents. EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment subject to Civil Service Retirement (CSRS), contributions to CSRS will resume upon re-employment. OTHER INFORMATION: A background investigation will be conducted.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes the following, addressed to by 11:59 pm of the closing date indicated above: 1) A cover letter; 2) Completed Employment Application for the District of Columbia Government, DC 2000 (available at:; 3) Résumé; and 4) Responses to each of the Ranking Factors Visit our website at to download a DC-2000, Employment Application form. Inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to Ms. L. Dodson, Management Liaison Specialist, 202-724-6632. INFORMATION TO CANDIDATE: Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified. EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave in addition to being covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment. RESIDENCY PREFERENCE AMENDMENT ACT OF 1998: A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment. VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference must submit official proof at the time of application. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information or political affiliation.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. OFFICIAL JOB OFFERS ARE TO BE MADE ONLY BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES SECTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

**This announcement is amended to show – Duration of Appointment: Term Appt NTE 13 Months **

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