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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
Job Announcement Number:  14-MIW-1081676-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,923.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 03, 2014 to Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Rapids, MI View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #55 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2013 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit

The Western District of Michigan includes the western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula.  The main office is located in Grand Rapids.  Grand Rapids is a mid-sized city that is a short distance from beaches, sand dunes, state parks, and quaint coastal towns.  The area is noted for its summer and winter sports as well as its cultural amenities such as concerts, museums, theater, and ethnic festivals.  A typical commute to work takes less than 20 minutes.

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

This position is also being announced to applicants eligible to apply through Merit Staffing procedures under Vacancy Announcement Number:  14-1081799-MIW-MS.

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occassional Travel for training purposes.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.


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If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing legal support services for the United States Attorney's Office; Western District of Michigan.  Typical work assignments will include:

  • Reviewing and organizing complex factual material and other documentary data for investigations and trials;
  • Providing advice on the most efficient method for preparing legal documents;
  • Using tables and citation checking with efficiency;
  • Developing and entering various case material into a computer database;
  • Preparing charts, graphs, and tables to illustrate results;
  • Preparing, developing, compiling, or maintaining jury instructions in preparing for trial;
  • Preparing exhibits for trial which typically involve a wide range of visual materials;
  • Providing litigation case management and organizing cases for court presentation.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.



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To be eligible at the GS-9 grade level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below:  Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience.

Specialized Experience:  One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a basic knowledge of legal research and the ability to interpret legal decisions.  Examples of specialized experience may include the following:  examining and processing a variety of legal documents; conducting research, analysis and evaluation of data in response to complex or sensitive requrests; drafting briefs, pleadings, litigation recommendations, or other legal documents and correspondence; using a variety of electronic or manual filing systems to acquire and store information; document findings and preparing recommendations; searching and reviewing legal references, case files, and other sources for information and data required by attorneys or court personnel.

Education:  One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law):  a Master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.); OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. 

Combining Education and Experience:  Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.  In order to qualify based on combination, graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The 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 receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

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

If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. 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 Occupational 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 it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

Attention to Detail:  Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Customer Service:  Works with customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems, satisfy expectations; knows products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Oral Communication:  Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convicing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Self-Management:  Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Technology Application:  Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.

Writing:  Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Legal Research:  Knowledge of legal terminology; knowledge of proper forms of citation (for example, Blue Book); ability to prepare various legal documents (for example, legal memoranda, motions, pleadings, correspondence, decisions, opinions); ability to convey persuasive legal arguments in writing.

Legal Writing:  Knowledge of legal terminology; knowledge of proper forms of citation (for example, Blue Book); ability to prepare various legal documents (for example, legal memoranda, motions, pleadings, correspondence, decisions, opinions); ability to convey persuasive legal arguments in writing.

Litigation Procedures:  Knowledge of and ability to adhere to the procedures and practices as prescribed by the applicable forum (for example, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, local rules of the Court, agency procedural rules).

Teaches Others:  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises other on technical issues.

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions


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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

A relocation incentive may be considered as appropriate based on qualifications.

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:


Veterans' Preference- If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.

•In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
•In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statement: 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, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to receive consideration.

1. 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.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.) 

3. 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.

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 1081676

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 Wednesday, April 09, 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Required:  Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
  • Required if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)


Ellie M. Drumm
Phone: (616)456-2404
Agency Information:
Western District of Michigan
Do Not Mail Applications
Please apply online
Grand Rapids, MI


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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