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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:  PH-NM-14-1115906

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, May 15, 2014 to Thursday, May 29, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


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 Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive 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

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 - 5 nights/month


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.


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As a Paralegal Specialist, you will be responsible for:

  • Performing complex legal research using a variety of automated tools and public information databases; 
  • Developing and reviewing case referrals; 
  • Drafting a variety of legal documents
  • Assisting attorneys in pretrial preparations, such as handling scheduling, organizing discovery, and interviewing witnesses; 
  • Monitoring the progress of pending cases to ensure all required documents are delivered on deadline; and 
  • Providing a variety of administrative support services to the office attorneys


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In order to be qualified for this position at the GS-09 level, you must possess at least one of the following:

A. At least one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in Federal service performing paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a basic knowledge of legal research and ability to interpret legal decisions. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: examining and processing a variety of legal documents; conducting research, analysis and evaluation of data in response to complex or sensitive requests; 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; documenting findings and preparing recommendations; searching and reviewing legal references, case files, and other sources for information and data required by attorneys or court personnel.  - OR -

B. Have a J.D. or LL.B; a masters or equivalent graduate degree or higher; OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in law, criminal justice, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.  - OR -

C. Have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate-level education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 18 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year 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 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%. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation.)

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 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.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


For DE Applicants (All U.S. Citizens): 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.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:  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 you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated against the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation Procedures
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing
  • Self-Management
  • Technology Application



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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


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). 

Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses 

Other Special Appointment Authorities



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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 29, 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 select your USAJobs resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJobs account ( and select the Application Status link.  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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1115906.   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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé:  Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:

  • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service).  Ensure your SF-50 demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level and includes your name, position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure, position occupied, agency, etc. It must also show competitive service and permanent or conditional appointment –or- that you are from an agency with an interchange agreement. There may be situations where more than one SF-50 in needed to verify time-in-grade requirements, as well as, eligibility for consideration. 
  • Non-Competitive eligibility documentation, if applicable

All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, May 29, 2014 


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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