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Office of the Secretary of Labor Paralegal Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

Summary This position is located in the Office of Administrative Law Judges(ALJ), in Boston, MA. The Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) is responsible for conducting adjudicatory hearings and issuing decisions for the Department of Labor under more than 80 different laws and executive orders. - This position inside the bargaining unit. - Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Responsibilities Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following: Researches and determines the specific legal actions which are necessary to prepare cases for hearing, such as developing and issuing various types of orders to obtain the required information. Examines, analyzes, and evaluates the information, documentation, and factual and legal issues presented in case files to determine whether additional pre-hearing actions such as motions, resolutions, orders, extensions, and continuances must be taken before cases are ready for hearing. Analyzes post-hearing briefs to help process the case in preparation for the Judge's final decision. Researches the appropriate statute and regulations to determine whether attorney fees are reasonable and appropriate for the locale and that only approves fees incurred while the case was before the OALJ. Summarizes information and legal issues presented in cases, determines when cases/questions should be referred to judges or when cases are ready for hearing or decision on the record. Provides training for the judges and the office's legal support staff when new procedures regarding IT programs or policy changes are implemented. Performs legal assistant duties as necessary for one or more ALJ's, including but not limited to: Managing the case files assigned to each judge assisted by the use of a variety of web-based programs, application software, office automated programs, and the OALJNet; reading and managing incoming mail, enters incoming mail into the Case Tracking System (CTS) in accordance with office policy; maintaining a record of all actions taken; maintaining the judge's hearing/settlement conference calendars; arranging travel as necessary, securing and arranging the use of courtrooms and court reporters for hearings; reviewing monthly reports of judges; responding to legal and informational requests; reviewing settlements for accuracy and completeness; arranging conference calls and handling all telephones calls and messages to or from the judges. Requirements Conditions of Employment Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level. Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen. Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations.As required byExecutive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Qualifications IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: 1. Conducting research on routine cases;2. Utilizing knowledge of resource tools to investigate, analyze, and resolve issues in simple casework;3. Providing effective direct service on assigned matters to include fact finding, problem analysis, problem solving, writing and interpreting regulations and/or policies; OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B, or J.D., if related; OR An equivalent combination of specialized experience directly related to the work of the position and some graduate level education in a related field which has provided you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Education Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. Additional Information DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES