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"2018-HQD-0403" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Position Title:
Paralegal Specialist, CG-0950-11
Open Period:
10/03/2018 - 10/18/2018


CG - 0950 11
USD $79,343 - USD $127,062
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Bettie Smith


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All United States Citizens.  

(Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under FDIC merit promotion announcement 2018-HQ-0396.  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.)
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

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 has ranked as one of the best places to work among mid-sized agencies in the Federal Government for the past seven years.


This position is located in the Legal Division, Supervision and Legislation Branch, Enforcement Section, of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and provides support in connection with administrative hearings, appeals, litigation, advisory services, and/or policy formulation.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional overnight travel may be required.


  • Conducts legal research using library references, files, corporate records, private and governmental studies, computer databases, and other pertinent sources to supply needed legal or factual information for inclusion in memoranda, directives and pleadings.

  • Analyzes data, develops recommendations and justifications for the attorneys for use in interpretation and advisory requests, or in complex litigation cases.

  • Prepares legal memoranda, pleadings and other documents in response to requests for information relating to the specialty areas of the Enforcement Section.  Examples include the areas of FDIC rules and regulations, litigation, alternative dispute resolutions, Freedom of Information Act requests, Congressional inquiries, federal banking laws, resolutions of failed banks, management reports and statistical data.

  • Organizes and maintains pleadings, evidentiary documents and other materials, including electronically stored information (ESI), and matter files for the Enforcement Section.

  • Develops, tracks and maintains databases and prepares various case status reports for cases in litigation.  Develops statistics and charts, conducts analyses and prepares graphs and tables to illustrate results.  May encode substantive case materials for entry into computer, retrieves and analyses materials through data searches.

Qualifications and Evaluations


* AMENDMENT - Closing Date extended to 10/18/18 

Employment Conditions.

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

Moderate Risk Position - Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Registration with the Selective Service.

Education Requirements:

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed 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. 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.

Your resume will also be evaluated to measure your responses to the assessment questions. 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.

  1. Ability to use a law library for legal research and to use automated legal research services such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexus and the Division’s automated private files.

  2. Knowledge of legal principles, concepts, and methodology of legal research and analysis, and the ability to apply this knowledge in the interpretation of the applicable laws and case precedents.

  3. Ability to interpret, explain and present, in writing, relevant findings and conclusions using appropriate language, legal reasoning and organization of facts and ideas; and to assist in case preparation, FOIA and congressional responses, policy formulation and the development of administrative and legal responses and reports.

  4. Ability to independently organize and maintain pleadings, evidentiary documents and other materials, including ESI.

  5. Knowledge of and ability to effectively use word processing, computer graphics, spreadsheet and internal and commercial database programs such as Word, Access and Excel, and the Advance Legal Information System (ALIS) to develop, monitor and maintain computer databases and statistical information and reports for the Section. 

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.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious/spiritual; community; student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Additional qualifications information can be found here.

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 9 level in the Federal service. 

Specialized experience includes paralegal or legal work performing  litigation, document control, discovery, and the organization and maintenance of electronically stored information (ESI) through the use of software programs.   Examples include analyzing and evaluating case files to identify factual issues; providing litigation support by organizing documents, exhibits, and ESI; drafting subpoenas; and preparing pleadings.


Education may be substituted for experience in qualifying for this position. If qualifying based on education, applicant must possess: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related


A Combination of education and experience (Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be qualifying.)

Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 80 “well qualified” for this position.  For more information, click here.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

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.

Other Information:

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.


How to Apply

How to Apply:

To begin, click the “Apply” button and follow the prompts. If you haven’t already, register and establish a USAJOBS account. After you register online, click the “Apply” button to complete the online assessment questionnaire, and submit all required documents. Please be sure to click “Submit Application” 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 “Applications” tab. Click on the “Position Title,” and then select “Update Application” or “Additional Application Information” 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.

Please ensure you have completed the application process by verifying the status of your application on-line to reflect: “Received”. Failure to complete the application process will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered for the position.                                                                                                                     

Required Documents:

Please review the following to determine your eligibility and which document(s) is required to complete your application:

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:  If you are claiming veterans’ preference, click here.  (Note:  Veterans must 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.)

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

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.

Next Steps:

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.