Trial Clerk

Washington D.C.
Apr 05, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time

76% or greater - This position requires extensive travel.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No



Special Rating Factors (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by the Position): Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and accomplishments are relevant.

  • the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with individuals or groups representing widely different backgrounds, interests and points of view;
  • a strong attention to detail;
  • ability to exercise discretion, mature judgment and independence; and
  • ability to be self-initiating, resourceful, and comfortable in traveling alone.
Qualified candidates must be willing to commit to a minimum two year tour of duty.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

To qualify for the full performance level (GS-7), applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lowest grade level, which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position.

To qualify for the position of Trial Clerk, applicants MUST submit proof that they have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND they meet at least one of the following criteria based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. To qualify based on class standing, applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. To qualify based on grade-point average, applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum.
3. Applicants may also qualify based on membership in a national scholastic honor society, which meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.


As a Federal employee, you will be eligible to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. For more information, go to:

In addition, you will be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. Visit:

Also, you will continue to earn both annual and sick leave. Visit:

Finally, new employees also may be covered under other U.S. Tax Court benefit policies. Our human resources office can provide additional information on these programs.

Other Conditions of Employment:

  • The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial employees.
  • Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are considered "AT WILL" employees.
  • Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Favorable suitability determination - Selection of this position is contingent on a favorable suitability determination and security background check, to include credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the conditions herein outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • If selected for this position, you are required to complete the I-9 form and provide appropriate identification.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.
  • The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.

Ratings will be based on an evaluation of applicant's experience as related to the duties of this position and the Special Rating Factors listed above. The resume/application package must provide detailed information showing the extent to which the Special Rating Factors are satisfied.

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

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Drug test required No

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