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Date

July 17, 2014

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number

10601

Position Title

Court Reporter II

Job Location

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$4,370.40 - $8,801.99 (Monthly*)

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist judges and magistrates with the timely disposition of cases through case management, case monitoring and program implementation.  The position is responsible for providing information to litigants and trial court staff, reviewing filings and making referrals to community-based services, managing and preparing cases for court hearings and briefing judges, attending hearing and other trial court proceedings, maintaining record/filing system, training and assisting new departmental personnel, scheduling hearings, and performing related administrative support functions.  The position is responsible for collecting and reporting on case/program data and maintaining databases as needed.  The position works under general supervision of a court manager developing work methods and sequences.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Working under the supervision of the Court Reporting Manager
  • Recording court proceedings by utilizing specialized equipment (i.e. stenograph machines, laptops, recorders)
  • Reading back segments of court proceedings using various methods of court reporting technologies including stenographic notes, real-time translation via computer, or voice writing technology
  • Transcribes and edits stenographic, real-time and voice writing notes to transcript form in compliance with applicable standards, regulations and statutes
  • Proofreading transcripts and researching information as necessary to ensure accuracy of information
  • Archives paper notes and dockets; maintains, updates and edits personal dictionary, and maintains accurate logs of each day’s proceedings
  • Assisting with training of other departmental personnel  as needed
  • Traveling to five courthouses located in Palm Beach County: Criminal Justice Complex, Main Judicial Complex, North County Courthouse, South County Courthouse or West County Courthouse

Education and Training Guidelines

  • Associate’s degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in computer operations, medical/legal terminology, court reporting, paralegal or a closely related field
  • Four years of related experience
  • Registered Professional Reporter or higher (i.e. Certified Real Time Reporter, Florida Professional Reporter)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the Florida State Courts system
  • Knowledge of legal, medical, scientific and technological terminology
  • Knowledge of transcript formatting rules
  • Knowledge of court reporting methods including (but not limited to) shorthand, stenography, computer-aided transcription, real-time court reporting, audio tape recording and digital audio recording
  • Ability to handle machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items
  • Ability to type accurately and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel and outside agencies, legal professionals, litigants, and the general public

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Work involves lifting of a minimum of 20 pounds, listening, reading, standing, talking, walking, and a significant amount of typing and sitting
  • Hear and distinguish words of various tones and volume
  • Eye, ear and hand coordination  

Competencies

Data Responsibility:  Coordinates or determines time, place, or sequence of operations or activities based on analysis of data and executes determinations or reports on events.

 
People Responsibility: Persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.
 
Assets Responsibility:  Requires responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.
 
Mathematical Requirements:  Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.
 
Communications Requirements:  Reads professional publications; composes complex reports and manuals; speaks formally to groups outside the organization.
 
Complexity of Work:  Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules, with constant problem solving; requires continuous close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressures.
 
Impact of Decisions:  The impact of errors is extremely serious – affects work unit and affects other units or citizens.
 
Equipment Usage:  Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets.
 
Safety of Others:  Requires responsibility for safety and health of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety or health.

 

Special Comments

This full-time position is based on a 40-hour work week. The starting salary for this position is $52,444.80. This position will be stationed in the Main Judicial Complex. 

 In addition to the base salary, this position offers:

  • Significant cost sharing on State of Florida medical benefits
  • Eligibility for a wide range of State benefits, including but not limited to: life insurance, dental care, disability coverage
  • Retirement plan and deferred compensation options
  • Vacation and Sick Leave accruals
  • Court Holidays 

 

How to Apply

Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically.

Interested parties should forward three (3) completed application packages to:

Germaine English
Chief of Personnel Services
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Court Administration
205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor –
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Each completed package shall include a copy of each of the following:

·     Cover Letter

·     Resume

·     Copy of Registered Professional Reporter Certification (if attained)

·     State of Florida application form, available at the following link: 

www.floridasupremecourt.org/employment/application_writeable.pdf

Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview.  Continued employment for the selected candidate will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center )1-877-562-7287).  Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace.  All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.