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Recent Graduate – Paralegal Specialist - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Seattle, WA

03/22/2019 8:58 AM | WSPA (Administrator)

Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Announcement Recent Graduate

Office of Counsel


Open Date:  15 MAR 2019 

Closing Date: 28 MAR 2019

PositionTitle: Recent Graduate Paralegal SpecialistGS-0950-09

Location: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Seattle, WA

Duties Serves as a Paralegal Specialist providing legal assistance to Office of Counsel under the direction of the District Counsel, subject to oversight of the senior paralegal specialist, in the following areas of responsibility:

  • Provides general litigation support for cases of a varying complexity and nature in judicial and administrative proceedings.  Performs legal research and analysis in the fields of contract law, personnel and employment law, environmental law, tort law, admiralty law, and other legal fields, as necessary.
  • Assembles and compiles information for use by staff attorneys. Conducts investigations, summarizes the factual situation, basis of the complaint, legal issues presented, and relevant case law. Synopsizes information on case status for upward reporting within the agency. Assists attorneys handling litigation with trial preparation.
  • Prepares and documents the agency’s response to interrogatories and discovery requests, and drafts affidavits/declarations and other documents in litigation, coordinating with environmental and other technical staff and with attorneys as appropriate, through discussions and examination and evaluation of the information obtained orally and in the record. Drafts letters, summaries, draft findings of fact, responses to complaints, conducts legal research & preliminary legal analysis.
  • Prepares reviews of requests for labor wage determinations, and reviews government contracts for inclusion of appropriate labor clauses, provisions and determinations. Conducts investigations and employee interviews to determine contractors' compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, and other related wage and hour statutes, and assists in developing reports of violations and in executing enforcement and collection actions. 
  • As backup Freedom of Information Act Officer, examines, evaluates and performs legal analysis of requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts and transfer of technical data statutes. Processes requests for information and records to be released from USACE records. Prepares draft legal analysis in support of any recommended denial of release that is submitted to the Initial Denial Authority (IDA), the District Counsel.
  • Prepares and develops exhibits, charts, and other visual aides for use in Court or in report.
  • Develops and maintains capability in word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, legal files management, network information systems, information retrieval systems and automated legal research (Lexis, Westlaw).
  • Performs a variety of administrative or other support functions to the office of Counsel.


To qualify for this position under the Pathways Recent Graduate program:


This position is open to recent graduates who have completed, with in the previous two years, qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institution.(Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation have up to six years after degree completion to apply).(You must provide a copy of your transcripts showing the degree conferred.)

NOTE: Applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 3 months from the closing date of this flyer.(Degreesneedtobeconferrednolaterthan08-MAY-2019)


  • Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level.  Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience is defined as experience demonstrating familiarity with the provision of administrative, legal and law-related services in a professional environment. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed. at the second lower grade /level position in the federal service (GS-07). 
  • Highly qualified candidates will have completed a recognized course of study in a program for Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association and possess an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies; or demonstrate greater than one year of experience providing administrative, legal and law-related services in a professional environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities needed for this Position:

  • CustomerService
  • Office Administration
  • Legal Concepts, Policies, and Principles 
  • Conducting & applying legal research and analysis into final work products under supervision of Attorneys

Area of Consideration:

Alleligible fort he Direct Hire Authority(DHA)forRecentGraduates

This Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) allows qualified candidates to be appointed under this authority at the GS-5throughGS-11levels (or equivalent) for permanent, temporary or term positions in the competitive service.

How to Apply: This isa DHA announcement  for a permanent position at the GS-09 (full performance level).

Anyone wishing consideration for this opportunity must submit the following:

  1. 1.CoverLetter(Optional)
  2. 2.Resume
  3. 3.Transcripts(An unofficial copy of current transcripts is acceptable)

Send the above items via email to: richard.m.hynes@usace.army.mil

Other Information:

  • Moving assistance is NOT authorized.

Points of Contact: Richard Hynes, Richard.m.hynes@usace.army.mil or (206)764-3735, Office of Counsel Seattle District Corps of Engineers

Bridget Baskaron, bridget.baskaron@usace.army.mil


Washington State Paralegal Association
PO Box 58530
Seattle, WA 98138-1530

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