Are you a Paralegal professional that enjoys fast-paced work?
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
The Paralegal must possess:
- Ability to communicate to the general public and the pipeline safety audience a complex story through plain language.
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
- Associate’s degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor's degree in another field and a certificate in paralegal studies.
- Working knowledge of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations/policy.
- Familiarity with and knowledge of FOIA statutory requirements.
- Ability to perform legal research, knowledge of rules of civil procedures, rules of evidence and of computerized information retrieval systems and research systems.
- Ability to understand and analyze legal issues.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely.
- Knowledge of interview and investigation techniques.
- Ability to explain the agency’s position in plain language and support a legal position.
- Ability to recognize and use correct English grammar to effectively communicate information orally and in writing.
- Ability to determine whether the agency has sufficient evidence of probable violation(s) and effectively engage in evidence gathering.
- Ability to quickly adapt a practical working knowledge of pipeline safety laws and regulations, interpretations and advisory bulletins to apply the appropriate regulations to the investigative findings.
- Experience in legal research and writing, critical thinking and the preparation of documents germane to enforcement cases.
- Ability to assimilate technical subject matters, as well as provide support and guidance on technical matters, pipeline industry standards, engineering reports, blueprints, and metallurgic reports.
- Possess demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work in a supportive and professional manner with others.
- A minimum of three (3) years successful working experience in writing, proofreading, and editing government or other types of documents for clarity of expression, orderly composition, and use of the English language.
- Ability to operate in a Windows applications environment, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel, including pivot tables and chart making.
- Ability to access internal databases to seek and input information.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Compose and edit written incident reports, public complaint reports, and documents that are part of an enforcement case file. Present a unified and consistent tone and message in all communications. Work closely with the appropriate Region staff and Region attorney to create clear, concise, and legally sufficient documents. Conduct research to ensure that the content is technically and legally correct.
- Prepare legal supporting documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper and electronic filing system.
- Organize exhibits.
- Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, regulations, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
- Attend and prepare summaries of inter-agency meetings.
- Compose and edit written incident reports, letters of deficiency, reports, enforcement actions, and violation reports. Present a unified and consistent tone and message in all communications. Work closely with the appropriate staff and conduct research to ensure that the content is technically correct and aligned with Division objectives.
- Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in a paper or electronic filing system.
- Organize documents into files, case files, and exhibits.
- Gather and analyze data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
- Investigate facts, other agency regulations, case law, and search other pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
- Mark Oil Spill Response Plans for redaction using internal guidelines.
- Coordinate with PHMSA’s Office of Chief Counsel regarding recommended redactions.
- Work closely with the PHMSA HAZMAT Division.
Job Type: Contract