Supervisory Paralegal Specialist

Washington, D.C
May 01, 2021
May 07, 2021
Full Time


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If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing a wide range of legal support services to Assistant United States Attorneys involved in investigations and prosecutions in the Criminal Division, Federal Major Crimes Section. The incumbent will serve as the Supervisory Paralegal Specialist for the Section.

Typical work assignments will include:
- Participates with the chiefs and unit supervisors in the formulation, planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of litigation support activities, procedures, systems, and courses of action to be taken both within the Section and with other organizations external to the office.
- Recommends systems, procedures, and innovations to facilitate and improve litigation support.
- Ensures the organizations strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team's strategies and goals.
- Ensures the work is technically adequate and accurate and evaluates the functions and day-to-day operations, i.e., researching, developing and recommending new systems, processes and procedures to expedite and improve and manage the work of the Section.
- Conducts performance evaluations and ensures the support staff is advised of performance requirements.
- Develops, provides and/or oversees the provisions of on-the-job training in new procedures, processes, and cross-training development plans for the legal support staff.
- Manages and assists attorneys and legal support staff with electronically stored information (ESI) requests to ensure the receipt and delivery of document productions are properly formatted.
- Manages case management support of paralegals to ensure staff has effectively organized cases to assist and prepare attorneys for court presentations, i.e., preparing and organizing exhibits.

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.
  • If selected, you will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period unless this requirement has been met previously.


To qualify as a GS-12, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience:
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. Specialized Experience is defined as performing legal research and summarizing factual aspects of cases, analyzing reports, testimony, interviews, and files; applying experience with litigation process, court rules and court procedures to perform case related assignments; establishing a rapport with officers, agents, and witnesses, gathering information, establishing and maintaining working relationships with local and federal agencies to obtain data, refer cases, support and assist; preparing, organizing, and maintaining a variety of substantive legal documents; organizing, indexing, coding and cross-referencing large volumes (i.e. thousands of items) of documentary and electronic case information; reviewing case files to independently prepare and maintain a variety of trial-related documents, (e.g., discovery letters, exhibit lists, jury instructions, and trial subpoenas); applying knowledge of legal terminology; applying automated litigation support (ALS) software and other resources to assist attorneys with case preparation; operating trial software during court procedures to display exhibits to the court and jury; providing a variety of legal support and technical work requiring specialized knowledge of processes, procedures, and practices to support legal activities; providing litigation management support to attorneys, which includes organizing cases for court proceedings.

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 .


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):
Leadership, Legal, Government and Jurisprudence, Organizational Awareness, and Planning and Evaluating

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

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

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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