Court Reporter #2020-07
Official Court Reporter
United States District Court
Western District of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Opening Date: November 20, 2020
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Salary Range: $81,817 - $94,089 (CR 1 – CR 4)
Starting salary commensurate with qualifications/certifications
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia seeks an Official Court Reporter. The Western District consists of 9 judicial officers and staff located in seven divisional offices (Abingdon, Big Stone Gap, Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg and Roanoke). The District has four active district judges, two senior district judges, and three full-time magistrate judges. Official Court Reporters must comply with the requirements of the Judicial Conference of the United States and The Court Reporter's Manual published by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The position is located in the Charlottesville division. Travel, including overnight, within and outside the district is required.
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• Performs court reporting services for any judicial proceeding as may be required, recording and transcribing verbatim testimony of courtroom proceedings and reading back any or all portions.
• As requested or ordered, provides transcripts within the time frames and cost requirements of the Judicial Conference. Responsible for determining that billings and formats comply with the Judicial Conference requirements.
• Maintains accurate, legible records which are subject to audits. Completes
record-keeping forms, documenting information contained in reports, and maintains and safeguards records until their disposition, according to statutory requirements and Judicial Conference policy.
Must have at least four years of prime court reporting experience in a court, or in the freelance field of service, or a combination thereof, and have qualified by testing for listing on the Registry of Professional Reporters (RPR) of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination. Proficient provision of Realtime reporting required. Knowledge of and experience in Computer Aided Transcription (CAT) is required. Must possess and provide all necessary personal equipment and software, including telephone and internet service, computer, printer and supplies. Merit certification (RMR) and/or Realtime certification (CRR) strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate is a self-directed, highly organized individual who maintains a professional demeanor and appearance at all times; is responsible and tactful; demonstrates initiative and the ability to exercise good judgment; is able to work harmoniously with a variety of individuals; possesses excellent communication skills; is able to produce transcripts within strict time limitations; and understands the importance of confidentiality.
NOTE: In addition to the starting salary, an official court reporter is entitled to transcript fees from any party who has contracted with the official court reporter for transcript services.
For federal benefits information, visit http://www.uscourts.gov/Careers/BeneFitForLife.aspx.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be a U.S. citizen or meet the citizenship requirements for employment in the Judiciary. Visit the Court's website at http://www.uscourts.gov/Careers/CareerCitizenshipRequirements.aspx for additional information on citizenship requirement. Selectees are subject to a background investigation, including fingerprinting, and subsequent favorable suitability determination. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) for payment of salary. The Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees, which is available for review on the Court's web site at http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/CodesOfConduct.aspx.
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. Participation in the interview process will be at the applicant's own expense and relocation expenses will not be provided.
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.