Courtroom Deputy

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEVADA

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Career Opportunity #18-NV-06

Position: Courtroom Deputy
Full-Time position with benefits
Salary: CL 26/27 ($44,994 to $80,390, Table LV)
Depending upon qualifications and experience
Opens: December 28, 2018
Closes: January 11, 2019
Duty Station: Las Vegas, Nevada

Introduction

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has an opening for a Courtroom Deputy.  The District of Nevada is headquartered in Las Vegas with an office in Reno.  It includes seven district judges, five senior district judges, seven magistrate judges, and 127 staff.  Whether launching or continuing a career in public service, the Clerk’s Office for the U.S. District Court of Nevada is a great place to work with competitive salaries and benefits, an excellent work/life balance, flex time work schedule, access to a fitness center, and the opportunity to work with colleagues committed to fulfilling the important mission of administering justice in an efficient and effective manner.

Representative Duties

  • Responsible for calendaring and regulating case movement, monitoring filing of pertinent documents and timeliness of responses to judicial orders, setting dates and times for hearings, trials and conferences, setting and tracking deadlines, examining all papers filed in an action assigned to the judge to determine whether they conform to the rules of practice.
  • Attend court proceedings. Assists with the orderly flow of proceedings that include, but is not limited to, setting up the courtroom, assuring presence of all necessary participants, managing exhibits, assisting with jury selection, calling court to order, administering oaths, swearing witnesses, arranging for interpreters, operating courtroom technology, and conduct telephone conference calls.
  • Takes notes of proceedings and rulings and prepare minute entries. Prepare and distribute documents such as calendars, judgments, maintain case management statistics and assist other courtroom deputies when needed.
  • Keeps judge and chambers staff informed of case progress. Answers procedural questions and acts as a source of information to attorneys and pro se litigants.
  • Acts as a liaison between the judge and other Clerk’s Office staff, Probation and Pretrial Services, the bar, the United States Marshal Service, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, other government agencies, and pro se litigants to ensure that cases proceed smoothly and efficiently.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • To qualify for the position, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • To be appointed at the CL-27 level, experience must include at least two years of specialized experience with one year equivalent to work at the CL-26 level.
  • To be appointed at the CL-26 level, experience must include one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at the CL-25 level.
  • Requires a minimum of three years of specialized experience which provided a knowledge of legal terminology and procedure that might be found in a law office or other court in the judicial system.

General Experience – Progressively responsible clerical, office or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Experience – Progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience that is in, or closely related to the work of the position and which has demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and involves the routine use of automated software and keyboarding for word processing, data entry and report generation.

The successful candidate must possess:

  • Unquestioned integrity, trustworthiness, character and the ability to maintain confidentiality; demonstrate sound and mature problem-solving skills and judgment in handling sensitive material; exhibit a professional and positive demeanor and a customer focused attitude; and the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills and be able to communicate effectively with others, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • A broad knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures of the court, and of the federal and local rules.
  • The ability to interact with a wide variety of people tactfully and courteously.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, providing assistance to co-workers and demonstrating a willingness to complete a wide variety of tasks as needed.
  • The ability to multitask under strict deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • The ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
  • Attentiveness to detail.
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of applicable automated systems.
  • A professional appearance, demeanor and conduct appropriate for a court environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Docketing experience.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Knowledge of CM/ECF is desirable.
  • A college degree or paralegal certificate.

Physical Requirements

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. Occasional travel to other divisional offices may be required. Some lifting of boxes, moving of exhibits and court records is required. The position requires the ability to sit in court during court proceedings for prolonged periods at a time.

Benefits

 Employees of the U.S. District Courts are not included in the government’s Civil Service classification. They serve under “excepted appointments” and are considered “at will” employees.  They are entitled to the same benefits as other federal government employees which include:

  • Thirteen days of paid vacation per year for the first three years of employment which increases incrementally after the first three years. 
  • Thirteen days of paid sick leave per year which can accumulate and be converted to time-in-service for retirement benefits.
  • Participation in a retirement program including a 401k with matching contributions.
  • Participation in the federal health insurance program of your choice.
  • Participation in a group life insurance program (optional).
  • Participation in a group dental and vision (optional). 
  • Participation in a flexible spending account for medical and/or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis (optional).
  • A minimum of ten (10) paid holidays per year.

NOTE: Nevada does not have a state income tax.

To Apply

 Qualified applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter summarizing related skills and interest in this position, 2) a resume and 3) an AO78, Application for Federal Judicial Employment, via email to: NVD_HR@nvd.uscourts.gov.  The AO78 Application form and a summary of Federal Judiciary Benefits can be located at http://www.uscourts.gov/careers.

The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a six-month probationary period. All judiciary employees are required to adhere to the Judicial Code of Conduct.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States.  This position requires mandatory electronic fund transfer for payment of net pay.  Participation in the interview process will be at the applicants own expense and relocation expenses will not be provided. The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without other notice.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer.