United States Courts
$44,562.00 to $79,617.00
Open & closing dates
$44,562 to $79,617 per year
Based on human resources policies, qualifications, experience, applicant's current salary, or federal pay grade, and preferred skills.
Pay scale & grade
CL 26 - 27
1 vacancy in the following locations:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
This position is in the Clerk's Office of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. The technical writer researches, writes, reviews, edits, and updates manuals, guides, processes, procedures, policies, and forms used by the Court. The incumbent is responsible for researching, preparing, and publishing written materials that interpret and explain complex policies, programs, and functions in a manner that is clear and easy to comprehend and implement. In addition, the technical writer assists the clerk, chief deputy clerk, and their administrative assistant, with various tasks including event planning, emergency preparedness, and record management.
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Representative Duties Develops, writes, and revises policies, processes, procedures, guides, manuals, forms, and other documents in support of administrative, operational, and judicial areas of the court, and for use by judges, court staff, the bar, and the public.
Responsible for a wide variety of projects assigned by all departments within the clerk's office and, as requested, the shared services department.
Devotes significant thought, research, time, and effort to all projects.
Uses good judgement in selecting appropriate formats for projects and meets deadlines successfully.
In consultation with the clerk and chief deputy clerk, develops and maintains conventions for written presentation of court policies, procedures, correspondence, and minutes.
Works independently as well as with direction. Invests time working with appropriate personnel to learn the information necessary to produce effective results.
Under the direction of the clerk and chief deputy clerk, conducts research, analyzes data, and writes reports.
Takes notes during management-level meetings, court committee meetings, and Judicial Council meetings, and prepares official minutes of those meetings.
Proofs and edits all official clerk's office correspondence.
Works closely with subject-matter experts, locally or nationally, to document processes, create end-user documentation, web content for the court's internal and external websites, technical manuals, training manuals, and presentation content. Ensures all applicable documents, guides, manuals, and forms are posted to the appropriate websites and are kept up-to-date.
Assists the clerk and chief deputy clerk's administrative assistant with various tasks, including but not limited to, event planning, emergency preparedness, and record management.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Job family (Series)
1083 Technical Writing And Editing
Conditions of Employment
Experience: Prospective candidates should have two years of general experience and at least two years of specialized experience that includes progressively responsible experience related to the functional and technical aspects of process and procedure documentation and report writing and development of instructional or technical materials.
Additionally, prospective candidates should have computer experience; strong keyboard skills; and knowledge of specialized terminology, database systems, and software applications. Candidates should also have a demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws. Such experience is commonly encountered in law firms, legal counsel offices, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquarters or personnel/payroll operations. Prior experience in writing policies and procedures and legal or court experience is preferred.
A bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, or a related field is required.
The applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in a personal interview at their own expense. The United States District Court will not be responsible for expenses associated with traveling for interviews or for relocating the successful candidate. References will not be required until an applicant is considered a finalist. Final candidates are subject to a background security check. All application information is subject to verification. Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including fingerprint and criminal record checks. An applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
Employees of the United States District Court are not included in the government's Civil Service classification, but are under an excepted appointment and therefore serve at will. All judiciary employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among staff. In particular, members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The clerk of court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement at any time or to withdraw it without prior notice.
Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll direct deposit.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Background checks and security clearance
Cover letter, Resume, and AO 78 Application
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Qualified applicants must submit an application package in PDF format including:
A cover letter.
A detailed resume that includes full educational background, continuing education, legal training, facilitation/presentation skills, second language/sign language proficiencies, military service, community service/civic involvement, work with under-represented populations, and internships.
A complete AO 78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment. The form AO 78 is available on the court's website at: http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/public/employment-opportunities/
All documents must be submitted in PDF format to: USDCHR@ned.uscourts.gov
Incomplete application packages, those not received in PDF format, and applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Agency contact information
United States District Court, District of Nebraska
111 S 18th Plaza
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The applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in a personal interview at their own expense.
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