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US District Court, Southern Dist of Florida seeks relief reporters

Miami, Florida

The United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
Notice of Vacancy
Position: Official Court Reporter (Relief) – One or more positions
Ann. No: 2018-CLK-02*
Location: Miami, Florida,
Salary Range: $81,690 - $93,944 (Levels 1-4)
Opening Date: November 3, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled
*Candidates who previously applied to recruitment number 2017-CLK-05 will be considered for this recruitment and do not need to reapply.

Position Overview
Official court reporters record each session of the Court and every other proceeding designated by rule or order of the Court or by a district court judge, magistrate judge, or land commissioner. All proceedings are reported using electronic machine shorthand equipment and electronic storage media capable of translation and printing by computer assisted transcription equipment. Electronic sound recording equipment may be used to augment this primary source of reporting cases. Court reporters are generally required to travel occasionally within the district. Court reporters are guided by and responsible for following the policies and administrative procedures contained in the Court Reporter Management Plan for the Southern District of Florida.

(For Court Reporters Hired on or after October 11, 2009)
Salary Range                       Qualification Required                 Salary Range                      Real Time Certified
Level 1                                4 years + NSRA Registry             $81,690                             LVL 3 - $89,860
Level 2                                4 years + Cert Merit or 10 years  $85,774                             LVL 4 - $93,944
Level 3                                4 years + Cert Merit & 10 years   $89,860                             LVL 4 - $93,944

Real time reporting and a Certificate of Merit are highly desired. Must have at least four years of prime court reporting experience in the free-lance field of service in other courts or a combination thereof. Must have qualified by testing for listing on the registry of professional reporters of the National Court Reporter Association (NCRA) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination All Official Court Reporters employed in this Court are required to utilize Computer Aided Transcription (C.A.T).

Salary level is determined accordingly:
Level 1: starting salary
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 real time certification and merit certification
Merit certification-Registered merit reporter certificate from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
Real time certification -Successful completion of a certified real time examination by NCRA or equivalent exam.

Note: In addition to the starting salary for court reporters set by the Judicial Conference, an official court reporter is entitled to transcript fees from any party who has contracted with the court reporter for transcript services. The recommendation of the Court is a prerequisite for any increase or combination of increases above the current starting salary.

Desirable Characteristics
Successful candidate should be a self-starter, mature, highly organized, possess tact, good judgment, poise, initiative (the average reporter produces more than 12,000 pages per year), and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Must work harmoniously with others in a team-based organization, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Organizational Relationship
This position is assigned to the Clerk's Office and reports to the Chief Deputy•Administration or other designee of the Clerk’s Office.

Background Investigation
This is a Sensitive position within the Judiciary. The selected candidate will be subject to a technical fingerprint check through the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division database as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered provisional until the background check is completed. This is not applicable to current Southern District of Florida employees.

How to Apply
The court will screen all applications and the best qualified applicants will be invited for personal interviews.
Qualified applicants should submit the following documents electronically in PDF (preferred), or Word format noting Announcement Number 2018-CLK-2 in the subject line to:
• Cover letter
• AO 78 – Federal Judiciary Branch Application for Employment
• Court Reporter Addendum form
• Copies of court reporter certifications
• Resume detailing years of court reporting experience, dates of employment, salary history, certificates obtained.
• Resume should include your personal email address and salary history

Please do not cut and paste your resume into your email. If all required documents are not received; your application will not be considered.
The court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify human resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.
For more information on working for the federal courts, please visit
United States District Court – Human Resources
400 North Miami Avenue, Room 08S47, Miami, FL 33128-7717
General Information: (305) 523-5980
District Court Website:
The Federal Courthouse has been designated a non-smoking area.

Applicants must be a United States Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.