Paralegal Specialist

Washington D.C.
Sep 18, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Full Time

The Criminal Section (CRM) prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with rights guaranteed by the Constitution or federal law. In general, a federal criminal civil rights violation is characterized by the use of intimidation and the use or threat of force. The Section enforces numerous statutes involving deprivations of rights by those acting under color of law (including 18 USC 241 and 242); statutes involving bias-motivated crimes (including 18 USC 245, 247, 248, 249, and 42 USC 3631); statutes involving human trafficking (including 18 USC 1589, 1591 and 1592); and various federal statutes relating to false statements and obstruction of justice. 

Our investigations often involve incidents that are of intense public interest. Some of these incidents might ultimately be prosecuted by state or local prosecutors, whereas others are most appropriately pursued by the federal Government. Our goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities. 

Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.This position is also being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan to federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligibles. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement 17-CRT-018 (MPP).

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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Occasional travel - May travel 2 to 3 weeks quarterly.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Suitability

    It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test, which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.

    Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.

    To qualify for the GS-9 grade level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:  Performing paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a basic knowledge of the application of legal research and ability to interpret criminal statutes and case decisions; examining and processing a variety of legal documents; conducting detailed research, analysis and evaluation of data in response to complex and politically sensitive requests; drafting litigation recommendations, legal documents and correspondence; locating and reviewing case files; using a variety of electronic and manual filing systems to acquire required information; analyzing and determining appropriate action required; documenting findings and preparing recommendations; and searching legal reference files and other sources for information and data required by attorneys.  Experience that required the incumbent to review, assess and formulate a conclusion, will also be considered.


    Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 (two) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.


    Combination of education and experience: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirement.


    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

    A one year probationary period may be required.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the DOJ with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your DOJ component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

    Department Policy: DOJ is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. The Department welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. DOJ is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

    All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the below-listed competencies, which are required for this position. Please outline experience/education for these competencies in your resume:

    Attention to Detail

    Decision Making


    Interpersonal Skills

    Oral Communication

    Problem Solving



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