Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
06/03/2020 to 07/31/2020
Pay scale & grade
GS 9 - 11
$52,905 to $83,210 per year
Additional locality pay may be added to the above salary based on the employee's residence or work location.
Temporary - (Appointments will normally range from 30 days to 180 days, but may be extended depending on the level of disaster activity.)
Many vacancies in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
United States Citizens (Applications will be reviewed and selections made on a continuous basis, depending on the staffing need and level of disaster activity, until the closing date.)
This position was previously advertised under announcement number EXC-20-056-PDC-10753584. If you previously applied under EXC-20-056-PDC-10753584, you DO NOT need to reapply under this announcement in order to receive consideration for the position.
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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE 2020 HURRICANE SEASON. YOU MAY NEED TO REAPPLY NEXT YEAR IF INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR ODA DURING THE 2021 HURRICANE SEASON.
As a Paralegal Specialist - Virtual at the GS-0950-9/11, some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Performing legal reviews of residential and business loan documents for compliance with applicable agency policies and practices, regulations, and laws.
- Responding to loan related inquiries from, and preparing correspondence for, a wide range of customers such as Attorneys, borrowers, managers/supervisors, other internal and external partners and the general public.
- Managing a portfolio of loans and performing all loan closing duties for any assigned loans while complying with portfolio management directives.
- Making recommendations for the disbursement of funds within the agency guidelines.
- Using Microsoft Office software or other computer applications such as mainframe database software to do research and perform a wide variety of other functions.
- This position was previously advertised under announcement number EXC-20-056-PDC-10753584. If you previously applied under EXC-20-056-PDC-10753584, you DO NOT need to reapply under this announcement in order to receive consideration for the position.
- Additional locality pay may be added to the above salary based on the employee's residence or work location.
- By applying for this position with SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, you can enjoy challenging but satisfying work and join a highly motivated and diverse team that helps families and businesses rebuild their lives after a disaster.
Occasional travel - On occasion, especially during times of substantial disaster activity, you may be required to work overtime and/or travel with little or no advance notice.
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government travel credit card.
- Favorable background investigation and credit check are required.
- Mandatory Overtime: In order to respond quickly and efficiently to disaster survivors, substantial compensated overtime hours may be required while on assignment (up to seven days a week and ten to fourteen hours a day).
- Credit Score must be at least 500.
Generally, time in Non-Pay status is not creditable towards the specialized experience requirement listed below.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You may qualify based on experience, education or a combination of both.
Experience: To receive credit, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer or that experience will not be credited for meeting the specialized experience requirement.
GS-09: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:
- Responding to a variety of customer inquiries by providing information to internal and/or external customers;
- Performing legal research of regulations, laws, legal databases, etc. to obtain information or address issues/concerns; AND
- Reviewing loan or legal documents for compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines.
GS-11: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:
- Responding to a variety of customer inquiries by providing information to internal and external customers;
- Performing legal research of regulations, laws, legal databases, etc. to obtain information or address issues/concerns;
- Reviewing loan or legal documents for compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines; AND
- Assisting borrowers with closing residential and/or business loans.
In addition to the above specialized experience for the GS-9 and GS-11 levels, applicants must indicate proficiency in utilizing Microsoft Office programs, such as Word and Excel on their resume.
Education may be substituted for all or part of the experience requirements outlined above. If qualifying based on education, you must submit transcripts by the closing date of this announcement or you will not be found eligible. Because of the program requirements, your educational major is expected to be directly related to the position to be filled (law, legal studies, criminal justice, etc.). For this skill set, a degree in Business Administration is qualifying, provided the major/concentration was in law, finance, or similar area.
GS-09: Must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field, or 2 full years of related progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, from an accredited college or university.
GS-11: Must have a doctorate or equivalent graduate degree in a related field, or 3 full years of related progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, from an accredited college or university.
A combination of experience and education as indicated above.
Education may be substituted for all or part of the experience requirements outlined above. Because of the program requirements, the educational major is expected to be related directly to the position to be filled (law, legal studies, criminal justice, etc.). For this skill set, a degree in Business Administration is qualifying, provided the major was in law, finance, or similar area.
If you work or are expected to work at least 90 consecutive days and 130 hours per month, you will become eligible for health insurance benefits only.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Applications will be reviewed for qualifications. You will be contacted directly if selected.
Background checks and security clearance
Toapply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:1. Your Resume showing average hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.2. Completed Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents, such as:
- College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education.
- Unofficial transcripts may be submitted during the application process; however, official transcripts may be required if selected.
- Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 or other DD-214 copy showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/31/2020 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application.
Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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