A successful candidate in this position will utilize your expertise to provide legal support in areas of intellectual property, technology transfer and contracts for Sites and for Management and Operating (M&O) contractors.
As a Legal Administrative Specialist, you will:
25% or less - May require up to 10% of travel away from duty station.
As a Legal Administrative Specialist, you will:
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service, i.e., GS-07 or NQ-01.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Legal support in intellectual property actions, claims and litigation, support of legal activities in case file handling, and case management software applications.
Examples of qualifying experience include:
Receive, review and independently respond to legal administrative requests and tasking which include compiling documentation, coordinating with proper office and stakeholders and providing responses composed of solutions and completed staff work.
The ability to find and research administrative and legal answers in written and electronic databases and resources.
Experience providing multiple clients with weekly, monthly and annual reports.
Knowledge of patent prosecution and general litigation case management and docket management.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs).Do not provide a separate narrative written statement.Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
Knowledge of the functions and operations of intellectual property offices, departments and contractor organizations in order to carry out the requirements of patent administration and contract clearance.
Knowledge of and skill in applying a wide variety of international, federal and state laws, including but not limited to:international treaties, international agreements, U.S. Patent Statutes, and Procurement Statutes relating to intellectual property matters;and knowledge in the use of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (MPEP).
Skill in written and oral communication.
Knowledge and skill in operating the patents information processing system (IPMaster), sufficient to access, input, use, correct and maintain complex and detailed contract and patent information stored therein.
Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods in order to analyze and monitor a wide range of contract/subcontracts and the evaluation of patent documentation.
Demonstrated ability to assist in patent application and office action case preparation.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience.Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include:volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps);as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations.Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills;and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Time-in-Grade/Band: You must have completed 52 weeks in a position equivalent to the next lower band, i.e., NQ-01 or GS-07.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
Qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
There is no Education for this position.
However, you may substitute the completion of two full years of graduate education or all of the requirements for a master's (or higher) degree in a field directly related to legal administrative work for the specialized experience requirement for NQ-02. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position. Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.
We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.
Your performance appraisals and incentive awards will be given due consideration in the selection process based on their relation to the duties of the position and the consistency with which they may be considered in evaluating you against other applicants.
If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference.
For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.
Steps to submit a complete application:
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.
In addition to changing your status online, the system will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
Performance Appraisals: You must submit your two (2) most recent performance appraisals.
Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).
To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
If your current position SF50 does not indicate you have competitive service status or does not reflect the pay plan and grade of the highest position you have held in the competitive service, in addition to your current SF50, you must provide your previous SF-50s that provide the proof of competitive status and highest grade held on a permanent basis.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.
Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.