Paralegal Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Are you excited by the idea of helping to support $39 billion in small business financing and setting proper conditions to stimulate America's economic growth? SBA has been a leader in small business development for more than 60 years. In an increasingly globalized economy, we tackle challenges confronted by the small business community across geographic boundaries. Although times have changed since the SBA was founded in 1953, the Agency's mission-to promote the growth of small business-has not. Today, SBA is more vital than ever. We work in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to multiply our impact on small businesses.

America's 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation's workforce. SBA ensures that these businesses have the tools and resources required to start and expand their operations, and create jobs that support a growing economy and strengthen America's middle class.

The SBA and entrepreneurs drive American competitiveness and help grow the economy. Picture yourself at SBA.

This position is located in the Small Business Administration, Office of General Counsel in Washington, DC. The incumbent conducts research for the preparation of legal opinions on matters of interest to the Agency; performs substantive legal analysis of requests for information under the provisions of various acts or other similar legal support functions. The work requires discretion and independent judgment in the application of a specialized knowledge of laws, precedent decisions, regulations, agency policies and practices and judicial or administrative proceedings.

Current SBA and/or Federal employees with status as well as those eligible under a special hiring authority may also apply to this vacancy under job announcement 17-179-CL, VIN #10023980.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve on a one-year probationary period.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: GS-09: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, obtained in either the private or public sector; performing the following tasks: assisting in legal research to prepare responses to Freedom of Information Act requests; checking and verifying legal citations; assisting attorneys in preparation for litigation; drafting documents and reports connected with agency programs and policies; drafting legal documents and answers to interrogatories, as well as other discovery requests.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

    All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    If you do not meet the specialized experience requirements, you may also qualify with education. You MUST submit transcripts (official or unofficial) with this application if you wish to qualify based on education.

    GS-09: A master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.B or J.D. if related. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education).

    Combination of Experience and Education:
    GS-09: An equivalent combination of the above education and experience. For example, six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirements) and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of graduate education as described above (50% of the education requirement, in excess of the first year of graduate school). (You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education).

    APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify School accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. *** For further information, click on: Foreign Education.

    SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS: If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    1. Researches for precedent cases, statues, legal opinions, policies and regulations which are relevant to appeals or settlement of cases.

    2. Drafts briefs, other litigation papers or advisory opinions for review and approval of attorneys.

    3. Analyzes legal issues involved in requests for Agency records and subpoenaed documents.

    4. Compiles reports by collecting, reviewing and analyzing information using legal databases.

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