Paralegal Specialist

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Oct 19, 2017
Oct 19, 2017
Full Time

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.


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Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Term Appointment may be converted to permanent (See Requirements).

Work Schedule:  Full-Time
Tour of Duty:  Set Schedule
Overtime Work:  Occasionally
Security Requirements:  Non-Critical Sensitive/Secret
Drug Testing Designated Position:  Yes
Fair Labor Standards Act:  Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position:  No
Emergency Essential:  No
Pre-Employment Physical:  No

Reemployed Annuitant:  Does not meet the criteria
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:



This Term Appointment may be converted to a Career or Career Conditional appointment without further announcement.  In order to be eligible for conversion, you must serve at least two years of continuous service under a term appointment in the competitive service and your performance must be at least Fully Successful.



To qualify for a Paralegal Specialist, your resume must support:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.  Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, minimum qualifications and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Examples of creditable specialized experience are: 

  • Knowledge of the application of various titles of law applicable to Agency mission, Federal and state laws governing or impacting on the program and significant national and local developments in the fields of ethics, fraud, contracts, sales, disposal, procurement, FOIA, EEO, environmental law, and knowledge of legal reference sources in agency manuals, directives and issuances, court and/or administrative decisions and precedents and commercial legal publications sufficient to perform extensive legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable to interpret, explain and present, orally or in writing, relevant findings and conclusions using appropriate language, legal reasoning and organization of facts and ideas; and to assist in case preparation.
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis sufficient to perform recurring case development and documentation assignments which are covered by established precedents from a variety of sources, including statutes, Federal regulations, case law, administrative materials and other legal opinions. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas: 

  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating legal information for clerical and administrative support processes.
  • Knowledge of legal reference sources, agency manuals, directives and issuances.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing

Applicants may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

To qualify at the GS-11 level based on education, in lieu of specialized experience, applicants must possess a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See . If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT as supplemental documentation.

COMBINATION: Applicants may qualify based on a combination of the required specialized experience and education as defined above.  Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-11 grade.

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan):   If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Highly Qualified under Category Rating procedures used as the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Additional information may also be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE:  Information and required documentation for claiming Military Spouse Preference may be found at the General Information and Definitions link below.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  ATTENTION MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

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

Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

Once the application process is complete, we may review your résumé and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We may evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

  • Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
  • Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veteran's preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.

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