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US District and Bankruptcy Courts for DC Seeking Reporters

US District and Bankruptcy Courts for DC Seeking Reporters

District of Columbia


POSITION: Court Reporter
(There are two positions to be filled from this vacancy announcement) 

LOCATION:        Washington, DC

SALARY RANGE: $79,846 - $ 91,823
Salary determined by work experience and professional certifications. 

Opening Date: November 19, 2013 Closing Date: OUF POSITION OVERVIEW: This position is located in the Clerk's Office of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.  The incumbent of this position will be assigned to an Article III Judge and is responsible for the recording and transcription of verbatim testimony of court sessions and/or other proceedings.  

The position requires the ability to record verbatim testimony of court and other proceedings, to read back any or all portions of the court record, to work well under pressure, and to produce transcripts within required time limitations. Realtime proficiency is required.  

 Only applicants meeting the following minimum eligibility requirements and qualifications will be considered: 

  • Four years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service, in other courts, or a combination thereof (e.g., depositions, adversary proceedings before a presiding official, grand jury proceedings);
  • Reporters shall have tested successfully for listing on the registry of professional reporters of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or have passed an equivalent qualifying examination.  If a reporter has qualified by other than NCRA testing, evidence of equivalent certification MUST be provided;
  • Real time proficiency and RPR certification is required.
  • The ability to record and transcribe 180 words per minute for literary matter, 200 words per minute for jury charge, and 225 words per minute for testimony, at 95% accuracy within 3.5 hours;
  • Skilled in the use of Computer-Aided transcription equipment;
  • Possess and provides all necessary personal equipment and software. 

A generous benefits package is available to full-time permanent employees which may include:

 A minimum of 10 paid holidays per year
Paid annual leave in the amount of 13 days per year for the first three years, 20 days per year after three years, and 26 days per year after fifteen years
Paid sick leave in the amount of 13 days per year 
Retirement benefits
Optional participation in Thrift Savings Plan
Optional participation in choice of  Federal Employees’ Health Benefits
Optional participation in choice of Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance
Optional participation in the Flexible Benefits Program
Optional participation in the Commuter Benefit Program
Optional participation in Long-Term Care Insurance
Optional participation in private long-term disability plan
Credit for prior government service towards leave accrual rates and retirement  

Employees must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.

Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available to applicants to review upon request.   Employees of the United States District Court are Excepted Service Appointments.  Excepted service appointments are at will and can be terminated with or without cause by the court. Employees are required to use the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Final candidates will undergo a background check and must have or be eligible to obtain a security clearance.

If you meet the stated qualifications and share the Court's commitment to excellent customer service, you are invited to apply. The following application materials must be submitted:

 Judicial Employment Application Form (Form AO 78, located on the Court=s internet site at www.
Cover Letter 
RPR Certification (copy)  

All completed application materials are to be sent via mail to:  Sonia Jackson, SPHR   Director, Human Resources   United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, DC 333 Constitution Avenue, NW   Washington, DC 20001


Via email to:  

If your application packet does not provide all materials requested, you will lose consideration for this position.  

Only applicants selected to proceed to the next phase of the selection process will be notified.  Unsuccessful applicants will not receive notice.  

Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense.  Relocation expenses for the successful candidate are not guaranteed, but may be reimbursed given a favorable budget situation and upon appropriate approvals.

 Equal Opportunity Employer