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    By applying for this position with SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, you can enjoy challenging but satisfying work and join a highly motivated and diverse team that helps families and businesses rebuild their lives after a disaster.

    You will serve as a Paralegal Specialist or Attorney Advisor for the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA). The ODA provides disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses seeking funds for repair, rehabilitation or replacement of disaster damaged personal, real or business property. In your position, you will perform functions related to closing and disbursing disaster loans for disaster survivors.

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    As a Paralegal Specialist, some of your typical work assignment may include:

    • Assisting Attorneys with closing and disbursing loans, managing loan portfolios, or working on special projects as assigned.
    • Performing legal reviews of executed documents to ensure they comply with the terms and conditions of the Loan Authorization and Agreement.
    • Making recommendations for the disbursement of funds within the agency guidelines. Documenting interactions and filing events with clear and concise entries in accordance with the agency policy and procedures.
    As an Attorney Advisor, some of your typical work assignment may include:
    • Reviewing samples of completed work assignments related to unsecured and secured home, business, and economic injury disaster loans.
    • Auditing case files concerning obligations, loan closings, document preparation, disbursement of disaster loans and other work completed to evaluate the accuracy and completeness of the work performed.
    • Preparing written reports and findings from each audit, citing instances of the inadequacies of technical analyses, judgments, and specific violations.
    • Providing recommendations to supervisor for processing improvement strategies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasionally, you may be required to travel to a disaster site during increased disaster activity.

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All USA Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0950 Paralegal Specialist

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Required/Desired Competencies:
    • Good communication/interpersonal skills/customer service.
    • Researching/fact-finding, performing analysis, and presenting results.
    • Knowledge of financial, business, or accounting operations.
    • Interpreting rules and policies related to closing and disbursing loans.

    Mandatory Overtime is Required: In order to respond quickly and efficiently to disaster survivors, substantial compensated hours up to seven days a week and twelve to fourteen hours a day may be required.

    A security clearance is not required; however, selectees will be subject to a background check and must have a credit score of at least 500.


    Qualifying experience include:

    One (1) year of specialized experience performing Paralegal or Attorney functions related to closing and/or disbursing loans, real estate, banking, insurance, etc. that provides you with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of these positions.


    Paralegal Specialist

    GS-09: Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university or two full years (36 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field.
    GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university or three full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field.


    Graduate level education and work experience may also be combined to qualify for this position.

    Attorney Advisor

    In addition to possessing attorney experience, applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).
    Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Additional information

    Health Insurance, Annual Leave, and Sick Leave.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Specialized experience or education specifically related to the occupation.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents


    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Send resume and unofficial transcript if applicable to PDCHR3@SBA.GOV

    Agency contact information

    Office of Disaster Personnel


    US Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance
    13221 Woodland Park Rd
    Herndon, VA 20171
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    Next steps

    Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Office of Disaster Personnel (if selected).

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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