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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  NCFL-13-804383-1022872

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$23.85 to $33.66 / Per Hour
Thursday, January 02, 2014 to Monday, January 27, 2014
Part Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA View Map
New York, NY View Map
Cincinnati, OH View Map
Portland, OR View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
This position serves as a Paralegal Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of Chief Counsel. This position is permanent, part-time, hours will vary from 24- 40 per pay period depending on the location in which you will be working.

Locations include:

Atlanta, GA- (26 hours per pay period)

New York, NY (40 hours per pay period)

Cincinnati, OH- (26 hours per pay period)

Portland, OR- (26 hours per pay period)


Who may apply:

United States Citizens


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Moving Expenses are NOT authorized
  • Business Travel is not required


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Major Duties:



Serves as Paralegal Specialist with the Office of Chief Counsel. Typical duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Performs legal and factual research and closely related duties of a complex nature in in support of attorneys engaged in ligitation cases and matters.
  • Performs research using files, library reference materials, corporate records, computer databases, and other pertinent sources, to supply needed factual information for inclusion in legal documents.
  • Performs preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys.
  • Prepares and organizes charts, graphs, and other material used as exhibits in court.
  • Establishes and maintains a tracking system in entering case information into the system to generate informational and statistical reports.
  • Administers the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Program.
  • Conducts or assists attorneys in interviews, investigations to secure affidavits of witnesses.
  • Performs office administration and management functions.



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Specialized experience: To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-07 in the Federal government). Specialized experience is defined as: analyzing problems, problem solving, intrepreting regulations and policies to apply basic legal principles and concepts, legal research methods and data analysis techniques to perform assignments independently; and knowledge of legal research procedures and methods to locate, analyze and prepare reports on court decisions, legal opinions and other legal documents.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Legal Research
  • Administrative Functions
  • Legal Assistance

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).




Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-09 level: If the applicant has a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR successfully completed 2 full years of progressively higher level education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, college or university.



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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at


• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. Annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They are not eligible for retirement contributions or to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, nor to a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at


Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Current Federal employees are required to sumit their most recent SF-50. Applicants that are claiming veterans preference, must submit BOTH a DD-214 and Form SF-15.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1022872.


2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 16, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  


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.


Current Federal employees are required to sumit their most recent SF-50. Applicants that are claiming veterans preference, must submit BOTH a DD-214 and Form SF-15.


Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (000)000-0000
Agency Information:
US Army Humphreys Engineer Center Sup
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center ATTN
GAO Building 441 G Street NW
Washington, DC


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.

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