Paralegal Specialist

Washington D.C.
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
Full Time

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Occasional travel - May be required to travel 1-5 nights per month.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Temporary Position
  • Incentive: Creditable service towards annual leave accrual may be offered
  • Other Significant Facts:

    1. Employee must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance level.
    2. Incumbent may be required to travel on military or commercial aircraft for temporary duty or training assignments.
    3. Irregular duty hours and overtime may be required.
    4. Employee may be required to function as a Notary Public. Must be able to satisfactorily complete training to become a Notary Public and be able to meet bonding or other requirements inherent as a Notary Public.
    5. Maximum experience in the Military Justice area or an Associated Degree in Paralegal Studies (or similar field) is desired.
    6. This is a uniquely structured legal off that performs functions traditionally spit between two separate command (Numbered Air Force and Major Command). It processes all legal actions and performs all legal reviews relating to the HQ AFDW mission. It also assists attorneys with the implementation and sustainment of processing required financial interest reports using Financial Disclosure Management (FDM).

    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    A. At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: (1) providing paralegal support for attorneys; (2) organizing legal documents relating to general and special courts-martial, summary courts, and other actions such as charge sheets, reports of investigations, exhibits, pretrial and post-trial advice, confinement orders, and appellate decisions; (3) researching federal and state law statutes, regulations, and case law to make recommendations to attorneys; (4) preparing incoming and outgoing administrative correspondence, reports, and messages; and (5) drafting pleadings and motions from complaint to trial to provide assistance to attorneys.


    B. A master's 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. Note: You must provide copies of your transcripts.


    C. An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate level education described above. Note: Only education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours or equivalent) is creditable toward meeting the experience requirement when combining experience and education. To determine if you qualify under this combination first divide your total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Note: You must provide copies of your graduate transcripts.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

    Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

    Education: Transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirements or substitution for this position. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified by scoring 80 or higher on the assessment questionnaire for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website here.

    Military Spouse Preference (MSP): Click here for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:

    • Application or resume;
    • Statement requesting MSP; and
    • Copy of military sponsor's Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

    This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    1. Administrative Law
    2. Administrative Support
    3. Research
    4. Written Communication
    5. Oral Communication

    CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your category rating may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities, or you may be rated ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are:

    • Category 3, Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for this position.
    • Category 2, Highly Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for this position.
    • Category 1, Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements for this position.

    The Category Rating Process does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher)

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