Paralegal/Legal Advisor (Advanced)

Full Time
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Posted 1 month ago

The Maasai Group LLC

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC (Telework at customer’s discretion).

SCOPE: Perform a wide range of paralegal services that include assisting attorneys through research and development of regulatory interpretations involving complex regulatory issues, including the application of programs’ statutes, standards and policies. Develop draft proposals for policy options and/or interpretative positions, as appropriate, for reviews, investigations, compliance and sanction actions in response to requests for clarification and guidance. Develop draft proposals for compliance directives, and sanction or other enforcement documents, and assist in their implementation. Assist in preparing draft Federal Register Notices, and in monitoring, analyzing and preparing proposed responses to public comments. Conduct legal research, including legislative history, legislation, regulations, and case law, as appropriate. Ability to confirm and prioritize project plans and deliverables as agreed upon between the staff contractor and Bureau COR and Office/Division supervisor (or Office Director or Deputy Director).

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods applicable to researching, analyzing, writing, editing and presenting complex statutory or regulatory material and related issue/policy memoranda and interpretations.
  • Knowledge and experience in evaluating and interpreting statutory and regulatory requirements and for determining the consistency of policies, standards, directives, interpretations, etc. related to those requirements.
  • Knowledge of internal and external processes and requirements for preparing Federal Register Notices and experience in drafting Federal Register Notices.
  • Knowledge of Federal procurement law, immigration law, constitutional law, and FOIA, privacy, information, ethics and general administrative law.
  • Knowledge of the litigation process, including conducting legal research.
  • Experience in conducting legal research of the Federal code, regulations, policies, procedures, case law, and legal decisions to provide support and guidance in administrative proceedings, investigations, litigation, and appeals and related matters and issues.
  • Experience in researching, identifying and resolving legal and factual issues in cases; researching legal statutes and precedents related to local, state or federal laws; preparing legal documents; and utilizing any automated system to retrieve data and provide assistance.
  • Experience in the drafting and formulating reporting mechanisms, policies, processes and procedures.
  • Excellent ability to utilize, and possibly develop, automated document management systems.
  • Experience in program administration, operating procedures, oversight and monitoring.
  • In-depth knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and SharePoint).
  • Excellent, timely and precise organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a high volume, fast-pace work environment.
  • Excellent ability to also have a flexible, team-oriented approach to work.
  • Excellent ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues.
  • Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for U.S. foreign affairs agencies and/or international organizations.
  • Foreign language skills are preferred but not required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of paralegal/legal assistant (or attorney) experience, preferably in a federal agency, is required for this position.
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to provide legal assistance, including legal research and writing, to Bureau managers and staff.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: These positions may require handling confidential information in an appropriate manner. Customer interactions must be handled with diplomacy and tact. Individual must be able to gauge the customer’s technical ability and communicate with them in appropriate technical or non-technical language in a non-condescending manner.

DECISION MAKING/JUDGEMENT: This position involves projects and/or assignments requiring considerable decision-making authority regarding procedures, plans, and schedules. Although there are sometimes problem-solving guidelines for problems, there are no existing procedures or instructions for those problems. Ability to work independently or in a team setting is necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Needs the ability to use a keyboard to enter and retrieve data.
  • Must have good eyesight to view computer monitor and phone.
  • Must be able to lift 5-20 pounds.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
  • Local travel and possibly CONUS/OCONUS travel may be required.

To apply, please visit https://themaasaigroup.com/careers/

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