Employment

Current Openings

The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for a full-time Receptionist to work in our downtown Seattle office. Office hours for this position are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position offers an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and team-oriented environment.

 

Responsibilities. Primary responsibilities include: answering phone calls, greeting visitors, paging staff, relaying important messages and information; maintaining staff sign-out sheets; operating fax machines, scanners, copiers and other office equipment; handling mail and packages; assisting with correspondence and court documents, and providing administrative support for attorneys and staff. The Receptionist often represents the first impression our clients, visitors and public will have of our office.

 

Ideal Candidate.  The ideal candidate has strong customer service skills, proven dependability, excellent communication, and a desire to learn. We are looking for a motivated, cheerful and hard-working individual. Qualifications include the ability to work under pressure, use Word, Adobe Acrobat and Excel and follow directions. A high-school diploma or a GED is required. Only U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens actively seeking U.S. citizenship can work for the federal government. Additional preferred experience and skills include; skill in properly answering and directing office calls, work experience in a law office or court, and Spanish language fluency.

 

Salary and Benefits. This full-time position provides federal benefits such as health and life insurance, paid vacations and holidays, retirement benefits, Thrift Savings Plan and ORCA commuter pass. Starting salary range is $36,993 to $45,823 with the potential for advancement. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). Salary is based on qualifications, experience and education.  The position is contingent on the availability of federal funding and employment will be provisional pending the successful outcome of a background fingerprint check.

           

How to Apply. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume and two work references (including names, addresses and telephone numbers) to:

 

Michael Filipovic

Federal Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources

wawpersonnel@fd.org

 

Our office provides quality legal defense representation of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Further information about our office is available at http://waw.fd.org.  

 

NO TELEPHONE OR EMAIL INQUIRIES PLEASE.

The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for a full-time, Financial Administrative Assistant (FAA). The FAA will manage day-to-day accounting functions for the office. The Federal Public Defender provides quality defense representation of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The position will provide an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse, and rewarding environment. Further information about the office is available at http://waw.fd.org.

 

Duties. The FAA performs the accounting for the disbursement of appropriated funds. Responsibilities include maintaining, verifying and analyzing accounting records, preparing disbursements, obligations, and procurement documents, reconciling financial records, and ensuring adherence to federal and local financial practices and procedures while providing documentation for expenditures. Duties also include assisting staff with travel arrangements as needed.

 

Selection Criteria. The successful candidate must be a high-school graduate (or equivalent) and have a minimum of two years of accounting or bookkeeping experience and three years of general experience. Substantial experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat is also required. Knowledge of federal government accounting practices, procurement and internal controls protocols, legal terminology and court rules are preferred. Candidates must be detailed-oriented, have excellent people skills, organizational ability and superior oral and written communication skills. Professionalism and a commitment to our practice is expected.

 

Salary and Benefits. The position is full-time with federal benefits and a starting salary range of $56,051 to $81,283 commensurate with education and experience. Salary is paid biweekly and only by direct deposit. Only U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens actively seeking U.S. citizenship can work for the federal government. This position is contingent on the availability of federal funding and employment will be provisional pending the successful outcome of a background fingerprint check.

 

How to Apply. To qualify for consideration, submit a letter of interest, resume, and two work references (including names, addresses and telephone numbers) to  

 

Michael Filipovic

Federal Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources

wawpersonnel@fd.org

 

 

NO TELEPHONE OR EMAIL INQUIRIES PLEASE.

 

 

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer and values

diversity in the work place.