Washington, DC Full Time 4 days ago

Duties

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Provides verbatim reporting of judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Provides accurate and timely transcripts of court proceedings that constitute official court records
  • Safeguards verbatim files, Rich Tech Format (RTF) files, Secure Digital (SD) cards, voice writer and backup audio files of the proceedings, properly identifying records by date, judge, case title and location
  • Uploads the Daily Worksheet and RTF file to the Web Transcript Tracking System (WTTS) and other routine paperwork to the Division Director as requested
  • Works with all of the judges of the District of Columbia Courts and supporting staff in a competent and professional manner
  • Has available adequate and serviceable equipment for the efficient performance of duties without interruption to the Court's schedules, to include remote court reporting
  • Complies with all rules as contained in the Rules of Superior Court and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals relating to and dealing with court reporting and the timely production of transcripts and additional directives as may be required by the Division
  • Conducts verbatim reporting at a minimum of 225 words per minute and must possess an excellent command of the English language

The DC Courts have employed many measures to keep employees and court users as safe as possible, including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, health screening questionnaire, enhanced air circulation, and intensified cleaning services. We encouraged employees to get vaccinated for their safety and the safety of their family, friends, colleagues, and others with whom they have contact. We also provided opportunities for employees to receive the vaccine. Such voluntary vaccination efforts have made significant progress in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, and yet the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant has caused a rapid increase in infection transmission rates in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, particularly among the unvaccinated.

Vaccinations, being readily available, provide the best protection from infection with COVID-19, and the requirement of vaccinations is consistent with maintaining a safe and secure workplace. Therefore, effective immediately and throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency period, all DC Courts employees, interns, volunteers, and on-site contractors, who have received a vaccination as required by the COVID-19 vaccination protocols, must provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources on the first day of employment. You may seek an exemption from providing a proof of vaccination on the grounds of a specific medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief. All employees who have not received the required number of vaccination doses, regardless of the reason or whether the employee has sought or been granted an exemption, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis in order to report to work in person or remotely.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation / Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
  • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certificate
  • List of three (3) professional references

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GRADE 11: High school diploma and graduation from a National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) accredited court reporting program, plus five (5) years of court reporting experience. Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification is required. Salary: $78,817- $101,304

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GRADE 12: High school diploma and graduation from a National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) accredited court reporting program, plus six (6) years of court reporting experience. Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification is required. Salary: $93,699-$120,658

A Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification and/or Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification is preferred.

Ability to conduct verbatim reporting at a minimum rate of 225 words per minute is required.

Candidates must furnish their own equipment and software to be able to provide realtime reporting to the judiciary and to produce their own transcripts. Candidates must also be able to lift materials of up to forty (40) pounds.


Documentation of education must be submitted with your application or your application will not be considered.


The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.


Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts is required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

Education

To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.


  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    This is not a federal position.

    The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs: Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

    Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

    http://www.opm.gov/Insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp

    The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

    Annual Leave: New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave biweekly. After three years of service this increases to six (6) hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight (8) hours biweekly. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

    Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four (4) hours of sick leave biweekly. This leave can be accrued without limit.

    In addition to the federal health plans, the DC Courts offer employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month. There are 26 pay periods in the year.

    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 You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

Open until fill applications will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager until May 12, 2023 or until the positions have been filled.



You may preview questions for this vacancy.

  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    This is not a federal position.

    The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs: Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

    Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

    http://www.opm.gov/Insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp

    The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

    Annual Leave: New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave biweekly. After three years of service this increases to six (6) hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight (8) hours biweekly. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

    Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four (4) hours of sick leave biweekly. This leave can be accrued without limit.

    In addition to the federal health plans, the DC Courts offer employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month. There are 26 pay periods in the year.

    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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    • Resume
    • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    • Documentation / Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
    • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certificate
    • List of three (3) professional references

    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.

  • How to Apply

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Afterward, click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


    Agency contact information

    C. Adams

    Phone

    202-879-4223

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    jobs@dcsc.gov

    Address

    District of Columbia Courts
    Moultrie Building
    500 Indiana Avenue, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    United States

    Next steps

    Once your completed application is received, the qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. All applicants will be notified of the final outcome.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation / Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
  • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certificate
  • List of three (3) professional references

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

United States Citizens or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency or authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States. While the DC Courts has a telework policy, eligibility is determined by the respective division where the position is situated within the agency.

  • Company:
    US District of Columbia Courts
  • Job Type:
  • Posting Date:
    15th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    15th Jun 2022
  • Location:
  • Est. Salary:
    $78,817-120,658 / YEAR
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