Clerk of Court

Washington, D.C
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time


The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Court also serves as the Clerk of Court for the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.
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The Clerk of Court reports directly to the presiding judge. This is a professional and highly visible position that has broad and overarching responsibilities. The Clerk of Court is responsible for leading and directing all of the administrative and operational areas of the Clerk's Office. Responsibilities include but are not limited to serving as the chief administrator of the court, overseeing all statutory duties and functions, providing analytical guidance and interpretations and resolving complex issues that have a significant impact on the daily functioning of the court.

Major Duties

As the primary court executive and chief administrator, the Clerk of Court is the expert and advises on the court's case management, financial management, space and facilities, human resource administration, information technology services, policy and procedural implementation, strategic planning executions, statistical analysis and public relations communications.

The Clerk of Court works very closely with the 11 Judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the three Judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, as well as the Department of Justice and members of the Intelligence Community. The Clerk of Court has regular interaction with other court unit executives and court staff, the Administrative Office the United States Courts, the Office of the Circuit Executive, and the Federal Judicial Center.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
16 - JS-16 (Equivalent to a GS-16).


Conditions of Employment

United States citizenship is required for consideration for this position.

Because of the access to highly classified materials and information, a TOP SECRET/SCI clearance is required for this position. Preference will be given to applicants with a current and active TOP SECRET/SCI clearance.

Employees of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are "At-Will" and can be terminated with or without cause by the court.

Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees .

Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan adopted by the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement.


General Administrative: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business that provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects in managing an organization.

Management Responsibility: At least three of the 10 years of experience must have been in a position of substantial management responsibility. Substantial management experience is high-level administrative experience that provided a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural and human aspects of managing an organization. Such experience typically includes financial management, space and facilities management, oversight of the information technology and human resources functions, and long and short-range planning.

Practice of Law: An attorney who has served as a judicial law clerk in a federal court may substitute said clerkship on a year-for-year basis for the management or administrative experience requirement.

Management experience in a federal or state court judicial or administrative office of courts is highly desired, as is experience working with classified information. Solid organizational, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills, as well as exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are strongly preferred. A proven record in leadership and accomplishment is desired. Experience in information technology and a working knowledge of the federal court system are also preferred.


Undergraduate: Education in a college or university of recognized standing may be substituted for a maximum of 3 years of the required general experience on the basis of one academic year of education equals 9 months of experience. A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing may be substituted for 3 years of the required general experience. Preferably such degree should have included courses in law, government, public, business, or judicial administration or related fields.

Postgraduate: A postgraduate degree in public, business or judicial administration from such a college or university may be substituted for one additional year of the required general experience.

Legal: A degree from an accredited law school may be considered as qualifying for two additional years of the required general experience.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants meeting all qualifications indicated above will be evaluated based upon the information provided in the resume and the writing sample.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Cover letter; AO-78, Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (can be downloaded from ); resume detailing all relevant education, experience, and skills; writing sample, not to exceed ten pages.

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.