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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Firearms Background Specialist 2 (Legal Assistant 2) in Pennsylvania

Firearms Background Specialist 2 (Legal Assistant 2)

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Firearms Background Specialist 2 (Legal Assistant 2)

Salary

$44,010.00 - $66,348.00 Annually

Location

Dauphin County, PA

Job Type

Non-Civil Service Permanent Full-time

Job Number

N-2024-86114

Department

Pennsylvania State Police

Division

SP PICS Ops Sect

Opening Date

06/10/2024

Closing Date

6/19/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Code

07020

Position Number

Multiple positions may be filled from this posting

Union

AFSCME

Bargaining Unit

A1

Pay Group

ST05

Bureau / Division Code

209436

Bureau / Division

Bureau of Records and Identification, PICS Operations Section

Worksite Address

1800 Elmerton Avenue

City

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Zip Code

17110

Contact Name

PSP Human Resource Civilian Placement

Contact Email

RA-SPSPCIVILPLCMT@pa.gov

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THE POSITION

Are you someone who enjoys collecting pertinent information and using it to make well-informed decisions? The Pennsylvania State Police is currently hiring for the role of Firearms Background Specialist 2. In this position, you will be responsible for gathering and assessing relevant information in order to determine whether an individual should be granted or denied the ability to purchase a firearm or obtain a firearm license. Your decision-making process will adhere to the guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) to ensure that all operations are in compliance. If this sounds like the challenging role for you, we encourage you to apply today!

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

In this position, your main responsibility will be operating the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS). You will be required to make independent decisions regarding the approval or disapproval of firearm purchases or license to carry applications. Additionally, you will be responsible for conducting PICS Background Check Requests for Evidence Returns as per AR 3-3. Your role will involve verifying the identity of applicants through criminal history records, protection from abuse orders, and mental health records. You will also need to determine if an applicant is wanted based on the information provided. In cases where an applicant is wanted, you will follow specific procedures for apprehension, including verifying the warrant and coordinating with local law enforcement. Finally, you will need to interpret current and former state and federal laws to make determinations on approval or disapproval of purchase or license to carry applications.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description (https://careers.employment.pa.gov/pd/PD_NEOGOV.asp?p=00250993) .

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment, 37.5-hour work week

  • This position consists of rotating shifts including holidays and weekends

  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable. Selected candidates who are new to employment within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will begin employment at the starting annual salary of $44,010.00 (before taxes).

  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • One year as a Legal Assistant 1; or

  • Four years of responsible clerical, investigative or enforcement work including one year of legal clerical support experience; or

  • An equivalent combination of experience and training.

    Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) certification issued by the Pennsylvania State Police within the probationary period and maintain the same for the duration of employment in this job.

  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

    Legal Requirements:

  • You must pass Criminal History and Background investigation.

  • This job title has been identified as performing critical duties. Prior to placement in this job title, the selected candidate regardless of their current job, must submit a Report of Mediations for screening by the Pennsylvania State Police Medical Officer.

    How to Apply:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents willnotbe reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).

  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.

  • Failure to comply with the above appl ication requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Veterans:

  • Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov .

    Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):

  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Health & Wellness

We offer multiple health plans so our employees can choose what works best for themselves and their families. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Compensation & Financial Planning

We invest in our employees by providing competitive wages and encouraging financial wellness by offering multiple ways to save money and ensure peace of mind including multiple retirement and investment plan options.

Work/Life Balance

We know there’s more to life than just work! Our generous paid leave benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, eight weeks of paid parental leave, military leave, and paid time off for most major U.S. holidays, as well as flexible work schedules and work-from-home opportunities.*

Values and Culture

We believe in the work we do and provide continual opportunities for our employees to grow and contribute to the greater good. As one of the largest employers in the state, we provide opportunities for internal mobility, professional development, and the opportunity to give back by participating in workplace charitable giving.

Employee Perks

Sometimes, it is the little “extras” that make a big difference. Our employees receive special employee-only discounts and rates on a variety of services and memberships.

For more information on all of these Total Rewards benefits, please visitwww.employment.pa.gov and click on the benefits box.

*Eligibility rules apply.

01

Have you been employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Legal Assistant 1 for one or more years full-time?

  • Yes

  • No

    02

    If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. The employer(s) and a description of the experience must also be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like the experience to be considered in the eligibility decision. If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

    03

    How many years of full-time responsible clerical, investigative, or enforcement work do you possess?

  • 4 years or more

  • 3 but less than 4 years

  • 2 but less than 3 years

  • 1 but less than 2 years

  • Less than 1 year

  • None

    04

    If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. The employer(s) and a description of the experience must also be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like the experience to be considered in the eligibility decision. If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

    05

    Do you possess one or more years of full-time legal clerical support experience?

  • Yes

  • No

    06

    If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. The employer(s) and a description of the experience must also be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like the experience to be considered in the eligibility decision. If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

    07

    How much college coursework have you completed?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add a transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted.

If your education was acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

  • 120 or more credits

  • 90 but less than 120 credits

  • 60 but less than 90 credits

  • 30 but less than 60 credits

  • Less than 30 credits

  • None

    08

    Have you completed six or more college credits in the legal field (such as civil litigation, legal research and writing, business law, or other related areas)?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add a transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted.

If you answer "yes" to this question based on education acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question

Agency

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Address

613 North Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

Website

http://www.employment.pa.gov

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