Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys Paralegal Specialist in San Diego, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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 (USAO)/Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #6 out of 18 large agencies and EOUSA/United States Attorneys' Offices ranked #59 out of 305 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2016 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/index.php

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.

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


Provides a wide range of paralegal support services and coordinates grand jury proceedings for reactive and non-reactive cases for one or more AUSAs for alien smuggling, illegal reentry, drug smuggling, escape from federal custody, bulk cash smuggling, etc. in the Vertical prosecutions, Reactive Crimes Section, Criminal Division. Prepares a variety of substantive documents to include offer letters, waiver of indictment, information, plea agreements, illegal reentry paperwork, and stipulations under the fast track program selecting appropriate form and adapting it to the facts of the case. Conducts interviews of agents and potential witnesses to assist the AUSA in preparation for grand jury or trial; reviews, summarizes and outlines grand jury and or trial testimony to assist the AUSA in preparation for grand jury or trials; researches, analyzes and summarizes relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases; and analyzes legal records to isolate facts pertinent to district legal issues. Reviews sentencing guidelines and calculates sentencing range in accordance with violation of law and criminal history of defendants. Provides a wide range of direct legal support services requiring a specialized knowledge of processes, procedures, and practices of support legal activities. Provides litigative case management and organizes cases for court presentations by preparing and organizing exhibits containing a variety of visual material, e.g., exhibits and evidence. Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to ensure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines. Performs paralegal support service duties relating to grand jury proceedings which determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe that one or more persons committed a certain Federal offense with the venue of the district court. Receives true bills as returned by grand jury and prepares partial report for presentation to court. Prepares and reviews indictments and superceding indictments for accuracy and completeness which are to be presented before the grand jury. Coordinates with AUSAs scheduling of grand jury time and that they are using their time. Prepares a variety of legal documents pertaining to grand jury case, i.e. indictments, partial reports, ballots, juror absence memorandums and letters, and dismissals, conduct memorandums, etc.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current permanent competitive service employees of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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

GS-9: To be eligible at the GS-9 grade level, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level as defined below; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's degree in a related field (e.g., criminal justice, law) or an equivalent graduate degree such as an LL.B. or J.D.; or a combination of both specialized experience and education as explained below.

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 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; 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.

A combination of experience and graduate level education can be used if, when combined, are equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first full year can be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate level 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 specialized experience, divide the 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%.

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 http://www.ed.gov OR Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

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

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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 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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Other Information

Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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 job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474619700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-21

Salary: $54,920 to $71,400 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Series: 0950 Paralegal Specialist

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: IMP-10028396-17-SR

Control number: 474619700