New job Operations Clerk in Alpine, TX 79830

Operations Clerk

Company : U.S. District Court - Western Texas
Salary : $53,433 a year
Location : Alpine, TX 79830

Full Description

Position Overview


Operations Clerk – Job # USDC 21-11

Opening Date:

April 7, 2021

Closing Date:

Preference will be given to those candidates who apply by April 23, 2021 [open until filled]

Starting Salary:

up to $
53,433 / up to CL-25 (salary commensurate with experience)


Alpine, Texas (with frequent travel to Pecos, Texas)

The United States District Clerk's Office in Alpine is currently accepting applications for the position of Operations Clerk.


  • Provides frontline customer support by answering telephone inquiries and providing procedural information to internal users, attorneys, and the public.
  • Functions as the primary intake mail clerk.
  • Assists in jury administration and serve as the backup for those duties.
  • Receives and reviews incoming documents through either paper and/or electronic media. Determines conformity with appropriate rules, practices, and/or court requirements. Contacts district court personnel, attorneys, and others when case opening requirements are not met and answers queries on procedures and status of cases.
  • Processes funds received for filing and copy fees, appeal dees, and payments of criminal debt.
  • Ensures assignment of case numbers and randomly assigns cases to judges.
  • Makes summary entries of all documents and proceedings on the court docket, this includes, but is not limited to: pleadings, petitions, motions, complaints, minutes, and orders.
  • Assists in case management by ensuring all entries are appropriately linked for proper case management; prepares and transmits to appropriate parties such items as: notices, judgments, and orders and informs parties when judgments or appealable orders are entered on the docket.
  • Opens cases upon receipt of initiating documents, such as complaints, indictments, or petitions and closes cases upon receipt of terminating documents, such as judgments and closing orders.
  • Identifies emergency motions and documents that require special handling and refers them to appropriate personnel.
  • Contacts district court personnel, attorneys, and others when case opening requirements are not met and answers queries on procedures and status of cases.
  • Will serve as a back-up to the Courtroom Deputy
  • Travel will be required
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of clerical or administrative legal experience, preferably in a civil and/or criminal environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
  • Excellent customer service, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to process a high volume of paperwork, the ability to multi-task, and prioritize and manage own workload.
  • Proficient data entry skills.

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter (include job title/number listed above), detailed resume, salary history, e-mail address, and a daytime phone number to: > Court Info > Jobs > Current Employment Opportunities & Online Application.

The Court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or relocation. This position is subject to mandatory electronic direct deposit of salary payments. Please note the best qualified candidates will be tested to determine level of skill/knowledge and final candidates will undergo a credit, fingerprint, and background check.

  • All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or must be a lawful permanent resident (i.e., green card holder) and seeking U.S. citizenship.
  • If a similar position becomes vacant, within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the court agency may select a candidate without re-posting the job.
  • Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation is needed.
  • All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. Applicants are advised that false statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions or withdraw a job announcement, without notice.
  • Employees of the U.S. Courts serve under "Excepted Appointments" and are considered "at-will" employees (except for probation officers who may be removed for cause).
  • The selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period. During the probationary period, an employee may be dismissed without the right to appeal.
  • All employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees (available for review upon request).
  • Officer and Officer Assistant positions require pre-employment medical and drug testing. Candidates must be onboard before their 37th birthday.
  • Other conditions not listed above may be applicable.

The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Federal Judiciary, the Third Branch of the Federal Government, provides a generous benefit package which, in addition to salary, is an important component of total compensation.

Employer Contributions
Retirement Benefits
  • Retirement - Basic Benefit (FERS employees) varies by type of FERS employee
  • Thrift Savings Plan - Automatic Contribution 1% of Basic Pay for FERS employees
  • Thrift Savings Plan - Employee Matching up to an additional 4% of Basic Pay
  • Social Security 6.2% of earnings up to SS Wage Base

Health /Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance - Employer pays approximately 72% of FEHB premium
  • Life Insurance - FEGLI BASIC option only costs $.075 per every $1,000 of insurance

Wellness Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Federal Occupational Health - Health Units
  • WorkLife Program

Saving for Retirement
Defined Benefit Retirement Program:
  • Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
  • Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) *
  • CSRS is only available to employees who were covered under CSRS and subject to CSRS retirement deductions prior to January 1, 1987

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP):
  • TSP ROTH Account (after-tax)
  • TSP Regular Account (pre-tax)
  • TSP Catch Up (employees age 50 or older)
  • FERS employees matching
  • first 3% contributed, the agency matches dollar for dollar
  • next 2% contributed, the agency matches at 50 cent on the dollar

Social Security:
  • FERS employees are eligible to receive monthly benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Pre-Tax Flexible Benefit Accounts
  • Health Care Reimbursement Account
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • Parking Reimbursement Account
  • Transit subsidy

Other Benefits
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance Coverage for Spouse and Children
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reimbursement for Professional Liability Insurance
  • Disability Retirement*
  • Telework*
  • Full-time and part-time positions*
  • Flexible work hours*
  • Non-monetary awards*
  • Education and Training
  • Virtual Learning: Judiciary Online University
  • Classroom Training: Federal Judicial Center
  • Benefit and Retirement Webinars
  • Benefit and Retirement Counseling

Time Away
  • Annual Leave (up to 8 hours per pay period)
  • Sick Leave (4 hours per pay period)
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Leave Transfer Program

Federal Holidays
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's, Jr. Birthday
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

  • Please Note: benefit availability is based on eligibility

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