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Officialship - Permanent - Arizona

US District Court Seeks Full-time Permanent Reporter



Office of the Clerk of Court
Career Opportunity #: 14/34                                                    
Date: July 24, 2014 

POSITION:                                           Court Reporter

POSITION TYPE:                                  Full-time, Permanent

SALARY RANGE:                                 $75,802 - $87,172 (Depending on Qualifications)

CLOSING DATE:                                   August 8, 2014

LOCATION:                                          Phoenix, Arizona



This is a full-time permanent court reporter position located in the Clerk's Office of the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Phoenix Division. 


An official court reporter is responsible for the verbatim recording of proceedings of United States district judges and magistrate judges. Official court reporters are employees of the Clerk of Court and are assigned to meet the verbatim reporting needs of district court judges, magistrate judges, and visiting judges.

Salary eligibility is determined based upon certification as shown below.

Level 1:    starting salary, meets minimum qualifications
Level 2:    starting salary plus 5%, requires merit certification
Level 3:    starting salary plus 10%, requires real-time certification
Level 4:    starting salary plus 15%, requires merit and real-time certification 

Merit Certification means you have a registered merit reporter certificate from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). 

Realtime Certification means you have successfully completed a certified realtime examination by NCRA or equivalent exam. 


Applicants must have at least four years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service or in other courts or a combination of the two. The successful applicant must also have qualified by testing for listing on the registry of professional reporters of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). 


Preference may be given to applicants who possess a Realtime Certification from NCRA or USCRA; possess a Certificate of Merit from the National Shorthand Reporters Association; and/or possess software and hardware used to produce real-time transcripts in the courtroom. 


Applicants will be screened for these qualifications and the best qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Participation in the interview process will be at the applicant’s own expense and relocation expenses will not be provided.

Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments and are considered at-will employees. The initial appointment to this position is provisional pending the successful completion of the required background checks or investigations. The United States District Court is a drug-free work place and the applicant selected will also be required to participate in a drug screening test prior to employment. 

The court reserves the right to amend or withdraw any announcement without written notice to applicants. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the district court executive may elect to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool. 


Judicial employees are entitled to standard federal benefits such as paid vacation time, paid sick time, medical insurance, life insurance, retirement, and a tax-deferred savings plan. Employees are also eligible for long-term care and disability insurance and the Flexible Benefits Program which includes pre-tax deductions for health benefits premiums, health care expenses, dependent care, and commuter benefits. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay. 


The application can be found at Please complete and submit the online application, a resume, a copy of your latest performance evaluation or letter of recommendation, and a cover letter that should include a narrative statement of your background as it relates to the qualifications and skills requested. Please also attach proof of listing on the registry of professional reporters of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA); and photocopy of your Certificate of Proficiency, Merit and/or Realtime Certification. 

Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date may not be considered. If you have questions about this application process, please call the Human Resources Division at (602) 322-7110.