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Current Career Opportunities
All positions listed below will be open until filled (priority consideration given to applications received before the date listed).
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Docket Clerk (Oakland) (.pdf, 120 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for Docket Clerk in the Oakland Divisional Office. Docket Clerks perform various functions and are responsible for docketing, maintaining and processing case information, and managing the progression of cases to final disposition, in accordance with approved internal controls, procedures, and rules. Docket Clerks at this level are fully proficient at managing the progression of cases to final disposition. They are responsible for noticing, managing the progression of cases, maintaining official case records, monitoring the completion of required procedural steps, reviewing filed documents to determine conformity and taking appropriate action, ensuring that all orders are automated entries are appropriately and accurately docketed, and making summary entries on the docket of all documents and proceedings. (Priority consideration given to applicants who apply by January 6, 2023).
Information Technology Technician I (.pdf, 106 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting application for the Information Technology Technician. The incumbent will be a member of the IT department and works under the general direction of the Director of IT and the IT Supervisor. They will primarily provide AV and courtroom technology support, as well as provide backup technical/IT helpdesk support for end users within the Northern District of California courthouses. The incumbent provides IT support to the court staff and works with major national systems and those developed or customized for local use.
Courtroom Deputy Clerk and Relief Courtroom Deputy Clerk (.pdf, 117 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting application for a Courtroom Deputy Clerk and a Relief Courtroom Deputy Clerk. The courtroom deputy clerk and a relief courtroom deputy clerk provides administrative support in and out of the courtroom to judges. This position calls for accuracy, diplomacy, and sensitivity in dealing with judges, attorneys, members of government agencies, and the general public. Successful courtroom deputy clerk and a relief courtroom deputy clerk works with meticulous attention to detail, creates systems to organize and prioritize tasks, and communicates with calm and confidence.
Scanning Technician TEMPORARY (San Francisco) (.pdf, 140 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for an entry level operational court support position located in the District Court Clerk's Office. The Scanning Technician will work primarily with the docketing unit and the jury department, scanning and uploading paper court filings from litigants and documents from prospective jurors. The incumbent provides procedural information and customer service, and ensures incoming documents conform to federal and local rules. The incumbent also provides office support and assistance for the administrative functions of the office. Open Until Filled (priority consideration given to applicants who apply by 02/10/2023).
Judicial Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi (.pdf, 82 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for a judicial law clerk for Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi in San Jose, California. Principal duties include extensive legal research and writing on a full range of civil issues arising in federal court. The position begins June 12, 2023, and continues until August 31, 2024, unless extended. Closing May 1, 2023 or until filled.
Official Court Reporters (San Francisco / Oakland) (.pdf, 115 KB)|
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for 4 Official Court Reporters in San Francisco and Oakland Divisional Offices. Court Reporters possess the following qualifications: Attending and recording verbatim proceedings held before United States district and magistrate judges, and transcribing those proceedings via Eclipse software upon request. Reading back the court record as required. Creating audio recordings (in addition to shorthand notes) of pleas, arraignments and proceedings in connection with the sentencing of criminal defendants. Transcribing digital audio records. Uploading shorthand notes, audio recordings, transcripts, reports and other documents. Working as part of a team of reporters for the judges of the court. Adhering to all requirements of the Court Reporter Management Plan for the District and the Guide to Judiciary Policy. Open Until Filled.
Applicants are requested to complete this Contract Court Reporter Application.
Solicitation for Court Reporting Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (.pdf, 439 KB)|
This is a solicitation for proposals to enter into a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for contracting court reporting services for the United States District Court - Northern District of California. The Court intends to award BPAs to one or more court reporters found to meet the court’s qualifications.
The Court reserves the right not to make any awards as a result of this solicitation. Award of a BPA does not guarantee that the contractor will receive orders for any particular aggregate dollar value, or in fact that any orders at all, for court reporting services.
Contractors responding to this solicitation should carefully review the Statement of Work, the minimum qualifications required, the court’s maximum transcript fee rates (non-negotiable including real-time feeds), and the BPA Terms and Conditions, all of which will be incorporated into any Blanket Purchase Agreement awarded under this solicitation.
Contractors wishing to be considered for this BPA must complete and return this Contract Court Reporter Application. Note, for each prospective contract court reporter, a minimum of 3 references must be identified for whom the reporter has performed work within 3-year period.
The solicitation will be open until the court has determined it has awarded enough BPAs to cover our reporting needs.
Any questions should be addressed in writing via email to the contracting officer, Helene_McVanner@cand.uscourts.gov.
Chief Probation Officer (San Francisco) (.pdf, 98 KB)|
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Chief Probation Officer. This position will report directly to the Chief Judge and will oversee approximately 70 employees, including probation officers and administrative and clerical staff in the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose venues and the Santa Rosa satellite office, serving 15 counties.