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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist (Bankruptcy)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, U.S. Trustee Program

Job Announcement Number:PH-13-JP-834625

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,852.00 to $68,702.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Riverside, CA United StatesView Map


Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and nationals. You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply.



The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice and has the legal authority to appear in every bankruptcy case filed in the United States, from Title 28 Chapter 7 liquidations to major Chapter 11 business reorganizations. As a result, USTP employees headquartered in Washington, D.C., and in our 95 field offices throughout the country handle a wide range of challenging and significant matters as we strive to promote the integrity of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws. Of particular importance is this Program's effort to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, attorneys, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking formal and informal actions in a civil context and making criminal referrals to and working with the U.S. Attorneys. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career and access to a generous benefits package, consider the USTP as your employer of choice!


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply section)
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Selectee must complete a 2 year trial period and 1 year for Veteran's


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Provides administrative and legal support services requiring specialized knowledge in the area of bankruptcy including Title 11, United States Code (U.S.C.), and specifically, Chapter 7 (Liquidation), Chapter 13, and/or Chapter 11 (Reorganization).  Serving as a Paralegal in the Riverside Field Office of the United States Trustee Program (USTP), supports the United States Trustee (UST), Assistant United States Trustee (AUST), attorneys, and analysts and administrative staff. Some of the typical work assignments may include:


• Performs legal research, verifies citations, drafts pleadings and collects documentary evidence;
• Examines debtor-provided documents, e.g., financial statements, reports, invoices, and employee data, for purpose of determining relevance to the case and legal sufficiency;
• Conducting conferences with debtors and their attorney;
• Performs analysis of facts and applicable law and regulations regarding case-related technical issues raises by parties in the bankruptcy process;
• Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to ensure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines;
• Monitors the performance of panel trustees;
• Reviews and analyzes petitions, schedules and statements of financial affairs for procedural compliance, deficiencies and evidence of illegality; and
• Prepares documents using a variety of software/hardware packages to create audio/visual aids for courtroom presentations.


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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the specialized experience for the grade level(s) as defined below and the selective placement factor. 


For the GS-9 level you musts meet one of the following:

A. You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as: reviewing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions and schedules for debtor compliance with substantive and procedural requirements and technical accuracy; drafting motions, routine judicial pleadings, various types of memoranda, notices, etc.; and developing draft motions for default of judgment to reopen a case, defer payment of fees, and complaints objecting.    -OR

B. You have completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or completed two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related.   -OR

C. You have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'B' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours that exceed the first year by 18. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.


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SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  Selective Placement Factors are part of the minimum requirements for a position, and applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.  The Selective Placement Factor identified for this position is as follows:  At least six (6) months bankruptcy experience is required which exhibits knowledge of bankruptcy regulations and procedures. Education cannot be substituted for the six months bankruptcy experience requirement.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs, and that such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

      • Ability to use and apply the Bankruptcy Code, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures, local bankruptcy rules applicable case law, and other reference material; 
• Ability to communicate orally;
• Ability to communicate in writing; and
• Ability to perform legal research and fact finding


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


*This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. 

*A security investigation will be conducted to determine suitability for this position.  Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation as adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

*Position subject to restrictions of PL 103-94, Section 8, Political Recommendations. 

*Applicants must serve a two-year trial period.  (Newly appointed employees in the excepted service who are preference eligible (veteran), must serve a one-year trial period.)


Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. 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 a 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 the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.


EEO Statement: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non-merit factor. The


Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 834625.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
        - Transcript(s), if applicable;
        - Veteran’s preference documentation, if applicable


Your resume MUST contain all information required for Federal employment. Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer's name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc.


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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