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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist, CG-0950-11 (Term NTE 2 Years) PL&FC

Agency:Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Job Announcement Number:2013-DALD-B0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$69,308.00 to $109,730.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013




Competitive Service, Full Time, - Term Appointment not-to-exceed two years. May be extended an additional two years.




1 vacancy - Dallas, TXView Map


All United States Citizens.     
(Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under FDIC merit promotion 2013-DAL-B0028  However, if you desire consideration also under this public non-status announcement, you must apply to both.  Status applicants are current permanent Federal employees in the competitive service and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.)  


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is one of the most respected forces in America's financial community. Our mission is to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions, and managing receiverships.

The FDIC is ranked as the Number #1 best place to work among mid-sized agencies in the Federal Government.

This position is located in the Legal Division, Professional Liability & Financial Crimes Section, Dallas Regional Office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and provides support in the areas of professional liability claims, litigation, restitution, and forfeiture orders arising from the corporation's role as receiver or liquidator of failed financial institutions.  The candidate selected will be offered a term appointment not-to-exceed two years, which may be extended to a maximum of four years based on workload requirements and organizational staffing authorizations.  The range of pay shown includes base pay plus a supplemental locality adjustment.  The locality rate for Dallas is 15.55%.  The range of pay shown includes base pay plus supplemental locality adjustments.  For more on FDIC locality rates, click here.



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The incumbent performs a variety of paralegal duties in support of attorneys engaged in litigation, bankruptcy, transactional or bank closing activities and other operational functions related to the work of the Legal Division.

The general types of duties performed will include the following:

Document review and analysis - This includes review of legal files, business files and litigation, bankruptcy or transactional documents; the organization of documents and files to provide summaries or abstracts of their contents.

Document preparation - This includes the preparation of a wide variety of pleadings, motions, contracts, agreements, real estate documents, corporate records, memoranda, correspondence initial drafts for review by an attorney or final documents for execution.

Research - Researching numerous factual and legal issues will be required. This may include legal research in a law library, the use of computerized systems such as Lexis, Westlaw and the Internet, the use of FDIC information databases such as CMS, RLJS, CNS or LANES, or obtaining information from courts, land records offices, or secretaries of state.

Administrative matters - These duties may include opening and maintaining files, fee bill review, CMS and RLIS review and updating, maintenance of logs and reports, and other miscellaneous tasks. In addition, the assignments may involve a high level of responsibility in outside counsel management matters including counsel application review and processing, review for compliance to applicable statutes, regulations, and policies, and administrative control of outside counsel engagement according to FDIC policy and procedure. The paralegal may be assigned to direct and guide other staff in specific assignments related to outside counsel management.

Providing advice and information - The paralegal will be required to communicate orally and in writing with attorneys and others in the FDIC Legal Division, account officers and FDIC business personnel, employees of other FDIC divisions, outside counsel, opposing counsel, contractors, and the general public.

Handling legal matters - The paralegal may have responsibility for handling or monitoring individual legal matters. Matters for which the paralegal has primary responsibility will be supervised by an FDIC attorney. For matters being handled by outside counsel, the paralegal’s duties may include obtaining status reports, serving as a liaison between outside counsel and FDIC attorneys and business personnel, and responding to inquiries and requests for information.


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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 9 level or above in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience performing a variety of paralegal duties including trial preparation and research in support of attorneys engaged in litigation, bankruptcy, transactional or bank closing activities. Education may be substituted for experience as follows: three full years of progressively higher level graduate education, Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field (e.g., criminal justice, law); or a combination of both specialized experience and education as explained below.


A combination of experience and graduate level education can be used if, when combined, are equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years can be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate level hours that exceed 36 hours (or your school’s definition of two years of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school’s definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of specialized experience, divide the 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%.

If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).

Applicants eligible for CTAP (Career Transition Assistance Program) or ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 85 or higher in the online assessment to be determined "well qualified" for this position.  For more information, click here.

Low Risk Position - National Agency Check Investigation (NACI) required.


Your resume will be reviewed, including the online assessment questionnaire, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement.  Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination.  Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

If you are found qualified, you will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  These category assignments are a measure of the degree in which your background and responses to the assessment questions match the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below.  Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Ability to interpret and apply various laws, courts decisions, administrative decisions and interpretations, rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to the administration of legal programs relating to financial institutions. 

Ability to perform legal research into legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable using Westlaw or automated databases, office or attorney files, library materials, corporation records and other pertinent sources that provide factual information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs and other similar legal documents.  

Ability to review, prepare and maintain legal documents for accuracy, proper format, correct citation and appropriate filing. 

Ability to interview witnesses, prepare questions, elicit facts and prepare evidence in accordance with the rules of procedure needed for depositions and hearings.


You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs.  Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

To preview questions please click here.


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In addition to the regular benefits offered by Federal agencies, the FDIC offers additional benefits to its employees.  These benefits, some at minimal cost, are some of the best and most competitive in both the private and public sectors.

To find out more, click here.

Relocation benefits may be provided in accordance with FDIC's General Travel Regulations.  


Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.
To read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment, click here.
If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register and establish a USAJOBS account, complete the online assessment questionnaire, and submit all required documents.  Please be sure to click "FINISH" to complete the application process.

You must apply online.  Applicants requesting an exception from the online process must contact the Human Resources Specialist or contact point listed in this announcement prior to 12:00 noon local time on the closing date.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status."  Click on the "Position Title," and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.


EDUCATION DOCUMENTS: If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).  Education must be from accredited institutions.  For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here.  An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

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 such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information, click here.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here.  (Note:  Veterans should submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents.)

FDIC CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP):  If you are a displaced or surplus FDIC or Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit proof of eligibility.  For more information, click here.


Al Richard
Phone: 972-761-8466
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-925-4618
Agency Information:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FDIC Human Resources Branch
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX
Fax: 000-000-0000


You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through USAJOBS by signing in and selecting "Application Status." Thank you for your interest in working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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