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Courtroom Operations Trainer

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 27/28
Salary Range: 
$58,478 - $113,924
Location: 
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Closing Date: 
Open until filled
Number of Positions: 
One
Vacancy Number: 
20-11 (Repost)
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the Central District of California is recruiting for the position of Courtroom Operations Trainer. This position reports directly to the District Judge Courtroom Deputy Supervisor.  The Courtroom Operations Trainer provides training to employees hired as a district judge courtroom deputy, magistrate judge courtroom deputy, courtroom deputy/case administrator, generalist clerk, post-indictment arraignment clerk or CVB clerk.

Representative Responsibilities: 
  • Formulates short and long-range training plans.  Determines resources required to achieve training goals and objectives. 
  • Develops structured training modules including preparation of training materials, weekly lesson plans, and criteria for measuring trainee progress.
  • Conducts classroom and courtroom training.  Training will include in-court and out-of-court functions, time management, use of CM/ECF, Pacer, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, PEERS, and other applications, as well as interpersonal communication skills.    
  • Oversees the training of newly hired courtroom deputies and recommends additional training as necessary.
  • Confers with the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor to evaluate training needs and schedule training with assigned courtroom deputies, post-indictment arraignment clerk or CVB clerk upon completion of foundational training with the Courtroom Operations Trainer.
  • Prepares and administers weekly training evaluations.  Meets regularly with the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor to provide updates on trainees’ progress. 
  • Recommends additional training of courtroom deputies as necessary.
  • Enlists the support and participation of court personnel to ensure that training goals are effectively met.
  • Provides continuing education for incumbent court clerks.
  • Assists with the administration of desk audits including the review of case management reports and calendars as necessary for performance evaluations.
  • Provides CM/ECF training including CM/ECF Conflict Checking Reports to Judges and Chambers Staff.
  • Reviews operating practices, and procedures annually or as directed by the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor, and programs to assure efficiency and effectiveness of courtroom deputy operations.  Collaborates with the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor on the review of CRD procedures. 
  • Assists with the drafting and revising of procedures and manuals.
  • Participates in interviewing for courtroom deputy, courtroom deputy/case administrator, generalist clerk, post-indictment arraignment clerk or CVB clerks.
  • Provides relief coverage when necessary.
  • Schedules and assigns courtroom deputy coverage in absence of the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor, including managing the electronic courtroom deputies calendar, ensuring that the court’s needs are met.
  • Processes bills of costs.
  • Works closely with the Courtroom Deputy Supervisor and Deputies in Charge to successfully accomplish court’s goals.
  • Some travel to the divisional offices is required.
  • Performs other Clerk’s Office duties as assigned.
Skills/Qualifications: 
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Possess four (4) years of courtroom deputy work experience which demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. 
  • Possess technical competencies which include adult learning theory, needs assessment techniques, and appropriate use of a variety of training methods.
  • Knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures of the Court, and of the federal and local rules. 
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and processes and familiarity with courtroom deputy procedures is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with all levels of management.
  • Possess strong organizational, analytical, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Present a professional demeanor and appearance appropriate for a court environment.
  • Solid computer skills; familiarity with the case management/electronic case filing (CM/ECF) system, Pacer, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, PEERS, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and patience is essential. 
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, work with limited supervision, and demonstrate initiative.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A college degree or paralegal certificate.
  • District Judge and Magistrate Judge courtroom experience at a federal district court.
Physical Requirements: 

Work is primarily performed in an office setting.

Benefits: 
  • United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office employees are entitled to federal benefits such as:  a defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who use public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
Information for Applicants: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. 
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website:  www.cacd.uscourts.gov.

HOW TO APPLY:

For priority consideration, application packets should be submitted by email to apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov. Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 20-11 (Repost). Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume;
  3. an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov to download the job application).
  4. Applicants must submit a narrative statement addressing each factor listed below or the application will be rejected.  Each factor should be addressed separately and include a description of the demonstrated experience that is directly related to the duties, responsibilities, and supplemental factors for this position.
  1. Describe your progressive responsible clerical or administrative experience which demonstrates your knowledge of legal procedure and/or legal pleadings.
  2. Describe your abilities and work experiences to professionally represent the court verbally and in writing.
  3. Describe your work-related experience in managing multiple priorities and a high volume of work.
  4. What significant contributions have you made to your current or most recent employer in the past twelve months? 

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed.  Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.  Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer