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Job Details for Financial Administrator

Court Name/Organization: Illinois Central Federal Public Defender
Location: Peoria, IL
Opening and Closing Dates: 09/03/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: JSP 9 - JSP 12
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Position Description

The Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for the permanent position of Financial Administrator, stationed in the Peoria office. The Federal Public Defender's Office operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act 18 U.S.C. § 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel. 

The Financial Administrator provides assistance and advice to the Defender and Administrative Officer in the areas of procurement, financial, and budget matters. In furtherance of these duties, the Financial Administrator will:


To qualify for this position, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree and have at least three years of general experience plus two years of specialized experience. Education above the high school level may be substituted for some specialized experience. Specialized experience includes a comprehensive knowledge of financial management and accounting principles, practices, methods, and techniques; knowledge of operations in a legal environment; and the ability to identify and evaluate pertinent facts and regulations, policies, and precedents. The successful applicant will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have outstanding organizational skills.

Employees of the Federal Public Defender are members of the judicial branch of government and are considered "at will." Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or authorized to work in the United States. The successful candidate will be subject to a high security background investigation as a condition of employment and will be subject to periodic updates. Direct deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees.


This full-time position is in the excepted service and offers full federal benefits, including Federal Employees Retirement System, Thrift Savings Plan, health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and paid holidays. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience with a range from JSP (Judiciary Salary Plan) Grade 9, Step 1 to JSP Grade 12, Step 1 (currently $53,433 to $77,488 per annum). Otherwise-qualified candidates with less than the requisite specialized experience who are recent college graduates may be considered for a one- or two-year internship until the required years of general and specialized experience are completed. Starting salaries for these paid internships may begin at JSP Grade 5, Step 1 ($35,265) or JSP Grade 7, Step 1 ($43,683), depending on experience.

How To Apply

Qualified persons may apply by sending the following, in one PDF document, to:

  1. letter of interest
  2. current and detailed resume
  3. names and contact information for three work references who may be contacted
  4. completed AO78 application 

An email confirming receipt of the application materials will be sent to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will receive further communication. 

The Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Costs associated with interviewing and relocation will not be reimbursed. No telephone inquiries please.

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.