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Legal Assistant or Clerical Assistant 17-07 - San Antonio, Texas

Legal Assistant or Clerical Assistant
Job Location: 
San Antonio, Texas
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Federal Public Defenderfor the Western District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of legal assistant or clerical assistant, to be stationed in the San Antonio office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.

Requirements: 

Legal Assistant

To qualify for entry-level legal assistant, a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least two years of general experience and one year of specialized experience.  Some higher education may be substituted for experience. Personal-computer skills, advanced word-process­ing skills in Microsoft Word, and Spanish-language fluency are required. Law-office experience is preferred.

Clerical Assistant

To qualify for entry-level clerical assistant, a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least one year of general experience. Some higher education may be substituted for experience. Personal-computer skills, advanced word-process­ing skills, and Spanish-language fluency are required. Law-office experience is preferred. 

Duties: 

Legal Assistant

Primary duties of the legal assistant include heavy word-processing, record keeping, filing, photocopying, routing mail, answering and routing telephone and intercom calls, running documents to the courthouse, and other duties as assigned. The full Position Qualifications Statements and Position Description is available for inspection in this office.

Clerical Assistant

Primary duties of the clerical assistant include answering and routing telephone and intercom calls, taking and delivering messages, receiving visitors, photo­copying, word processing, maintaining file room, running documents to the courthouse, and other duties as assigned. The full Position Qualifications Statement and Position Description is available for inspection in this office.

Selection Criteria: 
These positions are in the excepted service and do not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Employment subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check. The positions offer federal government employee benefits, including participation in health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).
Salary and Benefits: 
Legal Assistant The starting salary for the position will be fixed commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range from JSP-6, Step 1, to JSP-8, Step 1, and currently yields $36,611 to $45,056 per year. Clerical Assistant The starting salary for the clerical assistant position will be fixed commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range from JSP-4, Step 1, to JSP-7, Step 1, and currently yields $29,356 to $40,684 per year.
How to apply: 

Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 17-07) and résumé to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 727 E. César E. Chávez Boulevard, Suite B-207, San Antonio, Texas 78206-1278. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Personnel Administrator Victoria B. Longoria at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Positions announced June 8, 2017 subject to availability of funds; open until filled.