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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist - CDC, GS 9/11 (EX)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Federal Bureau of Investigation

Job Announcement Number:SF-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Saturday, October 13, 2012




Excepted service - Permanent, Full-time




1 vacancy in the following location:
San Francisco, CA, USView Map


This announcement is open to all qualified US citizens.


This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number SF-2013-0003 (FBI).


Candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates must apply to both announcements.


Applications will not be accepted from outside the area of consideration.


Our Mission:
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.
Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

Division:   San Francisco Field Office

Location: San Francisco, CA

Working Hours :  8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

Salary : 
GS 9:   $56,172.00 - $73,019.00

GS 11: $67,963.00 - $88,349.00


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top-Secret SCI clearance.


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  • Responsible for the analysis of information and substantive development of information concerning, or related to, legal matters arising from automobile accidents, property damage and casualty claims, subpoena matters, and Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Determines negligence and composes demand letters and other correspondence; processes administrative claims resulting from automobile accidents.
  • Assists in preparing litigation reports and affidavits in connection with lawsuits filed against the Bureau.
  • Prepares digests of selected decisions or opinions which incorporate legal references and analyses of precedents involved in areas of well-defined and settled points of law.
  • Utilizes computerized legal research data programs such as LEXIS and NEXIS and/or WESTLAW to assist in conducting research. 
  • Conducts research for preparation of legal opinions on matter of interest to the agency.
  • Performs substantive legal analysis of requests for information under the provisions of various acts.
  • Provides paralegal instruction and guidance; explains legal document procedures; and prepares results of legal research.


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    GS 9:  Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience to the GS 7 grade level.  SE is defined as follows:


  •  Reviewing and analyzing information on claims submitted and recommending action.
  • Processing a full range of discovery requests for information maintained.
  • Possessing in-depth legal research experience.
  • Assisting in preparing litigation reports and affidavits.
  • Orally communicating to obtain information and advice on legal matters.

    GS 11:  Applicant must possess one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 9 grade level.  SE is defined as follows: 

    * Performing the most comprehensive legal research and writing on the more complex legal questions.

    * Conducting extensive research, locating accurate cites and expanding the topic of research.

    * Processing a full range of complex discovery requests and efficiently performing in-depth analysis.

    * Orally communicating to obtain information and advice on legal matters.

    Education may be substituted for specialized experience (SE) as follows:


    GS 9: Applicant must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree (LL.B or J.D) or two academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree.


    GS 11: Applicant must have a PH.D or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education, leading to an LL.M or doctoral degree.


    Qualifying education may have been gained in any field.


    All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.


    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

    Selectee(s) may be required to testify in court as to the accuracy of translated material.


    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 online assessment 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.


    All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:


  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
  • Research and Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

     High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.


    To preview questions please click here.


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    The FBI 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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: Benefits



    Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.  This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

    All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

    Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment.  Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

    For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference

    If you are hired, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you are a current FBI employee or a DOJ employee who has successfully completed a probationary period as an Intelligence Analyst.  Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.  

    Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

    Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph.  You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

    The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government.  It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

    The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

    The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy.  Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

    Step 1 - Establish an Account
    On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.

    Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume
    To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire.
    Step 3 - Apply Online
    Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process.

    Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application
    If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
    Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation.  Follow the instructions provided.

    Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
    Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
    1. Your résumé and cover letter (optional)
    2. A complete assessment questionnaire
    3. and,
    4. Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
    • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and most recent Performance Appraisal
    • Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees.

    • For Veterans: DD 214; For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.


    Diana Stark
    Phone: 304-625-3659
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-625-2165
    Agency Information:
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Module C-2
    Attn: HRG (WV)
    Clarksburg, WV
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. Status of Your Application: You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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