Eighth U.S. Army Legal Assistant in United States

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is located at USAG Humphreys, in the Pyongtaek metropolitan areas in the Republic of Korea. USAG-Humphreys is an hour and a half drive south of Seoul, 40 minutes south of Osan Air Base, and 15 minutes from the city of Pyongtaek. USAG Humphreys is not far from night life, restaurants, and shopping. The Humphreys Exchange and Commissary, Food Court and Restaurants offer typical American amenities. Many US employees generally choose to live in town right outside the gate, in the City of Pyongtaek, or in the area surrounding Osan Air Base.

Working in Korea offers an opportunity to work closely with Korean National employees and experience the culture first hand. For additional information, visit Life in Korea Information and USAG Humphreys

This position is located at: Mission Support Element - Korea (MSE-K), US Army Legal Services Activity - Korea, Claims and Legal Assistant Unit, located at USAG-Humphreys, APO AP 96271.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (other than DOD)
  • Former Federal Employee, eligible for Reinstatement
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Eligible under Veterans with a service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Eligible for overseas Military Spouse Preference
  • Eligible for overseas Family Member Preference
  • Eligible for NAF/AAFES Interchange Agreement
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Excepted Service Overseas Family Member Appointment (FMNP) https://www.armycivilianservice.com/JOA/OFM.pdf
Duties

MAJOR DUTIES (other duties may apply):

  • Conduct preliminary interviews of clients to determine nature of assistance sought.
  • Help clients to resolve routine legal assistance matters.
  • Make legal assistance appointments for matters requiring the assistance of an attorney.
  • Refer non-legal assistance appointments for matters to other Divisions with the OSJA or other appropriate offices, i.e., Inspector General, Finance, Personnel, Equal Opportunity, etc.
  • Assist clients by providing information regarding such matters as what is involved in drafting wills and separation agreements; powers of attorney; federal and state tax questions; voting requirements; loan contracts; titles, transfers, lien releases, drivers license renewals and visas.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual statistical reports on the provision of legal assistance services provided.
  • Coordinate attendance for annual tax course for Eighth Army Support Activity personnel and assists clients in the preparation of routine, simple federal and state tax returns.
  • Review and electronically files tax forms and associated documents after verification of liability and credits.
  • Conduct interviews, provides information about laws and regulations, and collects and prepares necessary documents to help clients to apply for Korean visas, extensions of visas, Basic Alien's Permanent Resident Status, and SOFA stamps for U.S. passports.
  • Work with Korean immigration officials to obtain required documentation, monitor applications, and resolve problems encountered.
  • Clerical duties for the immigration liaison programs to include marriage counseling papers, logging client cards, visas, and SOFA stamps.
  • Requisition and stock the necessary forms and maintaining an accurate log of the consulate and immigration liaison activity.
  • Legal assistance clerical duties include typing wills, separation agreements, marriage counseling papers, and other legal material and correspondence.
Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230:
  • Visit http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf
  • Initial tour lengths for this area are 36 months
Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Specialized Experience Required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: Performing the full-range of legal support assignments; Experience in processing passport and visa applications and experience in calculating and electronically filling income tax returns; Experience working in a legal office notarizing documents; Using personal computers and office software programs to retrieve and short Information from files or records and prepare documents; Furnishing information concerning the laws administered by the department, its regulations and procedures, and the status of various cases; and Composing transmittal letters to be sent to private attorneys, employees, and court assistants. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade level position in the federal service GS-04.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Ability to perform Legal Assistant functions.
  • Knowledge of Clerical functions.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the GS-04 grade (or equivalent).

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements at grades GS-05. General Experience: Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

Education: 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. (Transcripts are required at time of application.)

  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.

  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Access NACI (ANACI) Clearance required.
Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

BENEFITS

The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19.
  • U.S. citizens overseas under ordinarily resident status are not eligible for appointment under the Status of Forces Agreement.
  • Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
  • On this overseas accompanied tour, medical and DoDDS special education services may not be available in the immediate location of this position.
  • In the overseas areas, access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only. Medical care may be provided by host nation providers. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location. Movement overseas may require you to initiate a change in your health benefits plan to ensure coverage.
  • For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position.
  • Pay retention may be offered to successful applicants for positions at overseas locations. For this provision to apply to employees already overseas, the selected individual would have to require a permanent change of station move and would have to be selected as a result of a recruitment effort that had been extended outside of the overseas command involved.
  • Selectees initially recruited from the United States may receive certain foreign area benefits, such as Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or government quarters, home leave, etc. Selectees recruited from outside the United States will have their eligibility for foreign area benefits determined at the time of hire.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473662400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-10 to 2017-07-28

Salary: $28,545 to $37,113 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05

Series: 0986 Legal Assistance

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: FEFK171021081982707

Control number: 473662400