Lead Paralegal Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Full Time


For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/ .

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
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If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence (SODV) Section, Superior Court Division (SCD) of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (USAO-DC) that is responsible for supporting the goals and objectives of the SCD, which includes the quality and quantity of litigation cases filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Typical work assignments will include:

- Articulates and communicates problems to be solved, and program issues under review, and deadlines and timeframes for completing the assigned work.
- Supports the management staff in carrying out day-to-day activities and works closely with the Section Chief and Deputy Chief(s) in explaining the goals and objectives of the SCD.
- Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to ensure that the legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines.
- Communicates or coordinates the work assignments of Law Clerks and Interns.
- Coaches the team in the selection and application of problem solving methods and techniques, provides advice on work methods, practices, and procedures, and assists the team and/or individual in identifying the parameters of a viable solution.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel occasionally for training, 3-5 days.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
  • If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


To qualify for the GS-12 Lead Paralegal Specialist, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as utilizing knowledge of various laws, court and/or administrative decisions; rules, regulations, policies, and procedural requirements; principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and reference materials; litigation process; local court rules and procedures; priorities, policies, procedures and goals of the office; and applicable regulations and procedures of federal, state and local office to gather, analysis, and summarize data in support of case development and prepare a variety of substantive legal documents and briefs; providing training to Paralegal Specialists; communicating effectively with management and staff ensuring day-to-day activities and assigned work is adequate, accurate and timely; assisting Attorney's with witness preparation and compiling, organizing and indexing various discovery and evidence exhibits; utilizing the RCIS Automated Papering Systems to input all pertinent information during the case intake/papering process.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .


Additional information

Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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 Occupational 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. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

You will be rated on the following Competencies (see The Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, Appendix F for definitions):
Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Information Management, and Teamwork

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
-Required: Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
-Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (month/day/year) of employment and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time)(cover letter optional).
-Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Please note your SF-50 must include your FPL in the remark section (e.g., appointment, reassignment, promotion actions), pay adjustments and awards do not include this information so they are not acceptable.
-Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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