The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington (FPD) is accepting applications for a Term Receptionist to work in our downtown Seattle office. The position is full time (40 hours per week) with a 12-month term appointment. Extension beyond a 12 month term is unlikely; however, if an extension is offered, it will depend solely on the needs of the office and budget constraints. This position offers an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and team-oriented law office environment.


Our Role and Mission.


The FPD provides legal representation to persons charged with committing federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney.


We aspire to create an environment of mutual respect and collaboration, and to cultivate a culture of openness and connectedness that honors the diverse backgrounds of the people we represent. We work together to uphold every person’s right to be presumed innocent and to receive a fair sentence if convicted. We provide a vigorous defense at trial and, if our client is convicted, at sentencing and on appeal. We advocate for humane sentences by developing mitigation evidence and presenting judges with fully developed views of our clients and their lives, not merely their charges.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


We value diversity and a commitment to equity and inclusion, and we believe better representation occurs when members of the defense team have diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek a receptionist who shares our office’s commitment to providing the best possible representation to our clients. We embrace the unique contributions that you can bring to the FPD because of your background, social identity(s), and lived experiences.


The FPD encourages applications from all qualified individuals and seeks a diverse pool of applicants in terms of race, ethnicity, nation of origin, culture, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, education, opinions, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstance. We are interested in your talent, intelligence, dedication, persistence, and desire to see all people treated fairly and respectfully, no matter the allegation or circumstance. We especially encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), people who have been affected by mass incarceration, and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.


Selection Criteria.  The candidate selected has strong customer service skills, proven dependability, excellent communication, and a desire to learn. We are looking for a motivated 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. 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.


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.


Salary and Benefits. This full-time temporary 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 $38,632 to $47,854 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.


Qualifications: To qualify, an applicant must meet US citizenship or immigration status requirements. See


Applications:  Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and two work references (including their names, addresses and telephone numbers). Submit applications by email only to:


                                                                                                                                                                                                             Michael Filipovic

Federal Public Defender

Attn. Human Resources



Sunday, May 23, 2021