Paralegal Specialist, CG-0950-11

Washington D.C.
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


* AMENDMENT - Closing Date extended to 10/18/18 

Employment Conditions.

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

Moderate Risk Position - Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Registration with the Selective Service.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Additional qualifications information can be found here.

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 9 level in the Federal service. 

Specialized experience includes paralegal or legal work performing  litigation, document control, discovery, and the organization and maintenance of electronically stored information (ESI) through the use of software programs.   Examples include analyzing and evaluating case files to identify factual issues; providing litigation support by organizing documents, exhibits, and ESI; drafting subpoenas; and preparing pleadings.


Education may be substituted for experience in qualifying for this position. If qualifying based on education, applicant must possess: 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


A Combination of education and experience (Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be qualifying.)

Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 80 “well qualified” for this position.  For more information, click here.

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If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.

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

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement.  Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Your resume will also be evaluated to measure your responses to the assessment questions. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

If you are found qualified, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. These category assignments are a measure of the degree in which your background and responses to the assessment questions match the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below. Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans’ preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

  1. Ability to use a law library for legal research and to use automated legal research services such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexus and the Division’s automated private files.
  2. Knowledge of legal principles, concepts, and methodology of legal research and analysis, and the ability to apply this knowledge in the interpretation of the applicable laws and case precedents.
  3. Ability to interpret, explain and present, in writing, relevant findings and conclusions using appropriate language, legal reasoning and organization of facts and ideas; and to assist in case preparation, FOIA and congressional responses, policy formulation and the development of administrative and legal responses and reports.
  4. Ability to independently organize and maintain pleadings, evidentiary documents and other materials, including ESI.
  5. Knowledge of and ability to effectively use word processing, computer graphics, spreadsheet and internal and commercial database programs such as Word, Access and Excel, and the Advance Legal Information System (ALIS) to develop, monitor and maintain computer databases and statistical information and reports for the Section. 

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs.  Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

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Drug test required No

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