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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  14-NDD-CB-024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 to Monday, February 10, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Chantilly, VA View Map
Department of Justice Employees Only
Not Applicable


About the Agency

The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The Section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters relating to federal narcotics law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation. The Section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.


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As a Paralegal Specialist you will:

  • Summarize essential information for section attorneys
  • Draft daily and weekly intra-departmental reports on narcotic related cases, investigations, training and other matters
  • Participate in presentations and compile training materials
  • Manage creation and assembly of all classified documents created in performance of the mission of the Drug Intelligence Unit ("DIU") and the unit’s attorneys
  • Assist DIU attorneys in the publication and drafting of approximately twenty plus classified documents each month, totaling over 1,000 pages of text
  • Personally and independently create classified documents which range in length from five (5) to over one hundred (100) pages each, per month
  • Ensure proper archiving of all classified documents
  • Serve as a liaison with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division regarding operational, legal, and administrative matters
  • Meet and communicate on a daily basis with federal law enforcement agents.
  • Assemble data and investigative material from case operations being handled by Unit attorneys
  • Assemble information from attorneys and drafts summaries for the Assistant Attorney General.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


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In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07, Federal grade level. (This specialized experience must include legal research; evidence review; assisting in the preparation of legal reports, to include summarizing factual information, legal issues, and case law relevant to a given case; and assisting with the preparation of exhibits, such as statistical charts, graphs and maps)

- OR

B. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree, LL.B, J.D., or equivalent degree that demonstrates the competencies needed to do the work of the position may be substituted for the experience required;

- OR

C. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone, you can combine your education and experience by converting each to a percentage and then adding the percentages. (If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of your graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the qualification requirements above for a description of the type of experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience. NOTE: All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see



In order to qualify for the Paralegal, GS- 11 position you must possess one of the following:

A. Have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in the Federal government or equivalent at the GS-09 level. Specifically, you must have specialized experience performing the following duties: performs extensive legal research and recommends actions on submissions with various claims, prepares myriad of legal documents including subpoenas, prepare litigation reports and recommends and justifies agency positions in regards to the reports and research. needs.


- B. Have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or a LL.M., in a related field such as business administration, finance, political science, or law.

- OR

- C. Have a combination of education and experience that equals 100% of the total requirements. (Note, only graduate education above 36 semester hours or the equivalent is used in this computation).

If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts.


There is no educational requirement for this position.

Other Requirements:

  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • You must meet time in grade requirement by upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • Eligibility:

    You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following criteria:

    • Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service;
    • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service;
    • Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP);
    • Veterans who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active continuous service (Veterans Employment Opportunities Act).
    • Individuals with disabilities - For more information and proof required see;
    • Any other individuals eligible for a non-competitive appointment, including former Peace Corps volunteers.


    Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position listed in this announcement. Please note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.

    If you are found to be qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive will be 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 the position, and will determine the rank in which you place. The "Best Qualified" candidates will be referred for selection.

    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

    You will be rated based on your responses to the following KSAs:

    • Ability to research, analyze, and report findings and recommendations.
    • Ability to produce legal documents .
    • Ability to research, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, and policies.

    Performance Appraisals and Awards:

    You will receive an extra point added to your final score for a fully successful performance rating within the past year and an extra point will be added to your final score for any related performance awards received within the past three To receive credit, please provide a copy of your performance rating and any award SF-50s.


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    You can review our benefits at:

    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link above provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, onMonday, February 10, 2014.

    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.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1044248. 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 (Cover Letter is optional) - applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
    2. Unofficial Transcripts (if qualifying based on education)
    3. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service) which shows type of service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, Within Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s over one year old). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof.
    4. Employees Most Recent Performance Appraisal (if current federal employee).
    5. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
    6. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable):
    • If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge(Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
    • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
    • If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.


    Claire Bui
    Phone: (202)305-4704
    Agency Information:
    DOJ Criminal Division
    1400 New York Ave NW
    Suite 5000
    Washington, DC


    We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed

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