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Job Details for Pretrial Services Operations Assistant

Court Name/Organization: California Northern Pretrial Services
Location: San Francisco, CA
Opening and Closing Dates: 10/07/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: CL 23
Salary: $42,627 - $69,274
Announcement Number: 2021-5
Position Description

The U.S. Pretrial Services Agency for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for a Pretrial Services Operations Assistant. This position is located in the San Francisco office. This position may be full or part-time, and will be a year and a day, but can be extended if budget allows. This position has promotion potential to the CL 25 without further competition.
The Pretrial Services Operations Assistant oversees, organizes, and administers the day-to-day support operations of the Pretrial Services front office and performs a variety of administrative duties as assigned depending on the requirements of the particular office.   
The U.S. Pretrial Services Agency, the bail investigation agency for the U.S. District Court, assists the court with reducing unnecessary pretrial detention by providing timely, objective, and verified background information on defendants charged in federal court. The information provided to the court is used in setting reasonable, least restrictive bail conditions. A recommendation is made for detention or release with or without special conditions intended to reasonably assure community safety and appearance at future court proceedings. Defendants are supervised from the time of their release until sentencing or self-surrender to serve a prison term. 
The Northern District of California covers 15 counties, primarily along the northern coast of California, from the Oregon border to southern Monterey County.  Its headquarters is located in San Francisco, with division offices in San Jose and Oakland, and a satellite office in Eureka/McKinleyville. The district serves 31 judicial officers. Travel inside and outside of the District is periodically required. 

Representative Duties  

Under the guidance and direction of the Supervisory Pretrial Services Officer or other designated personnel, the incumbent will perform the following duties:  


Educational Requirement: Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent. Two years or sixty units of college credits preferred.    

General Experience: Progressively responsible clerical, office or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.  

Specialized Experience: Progressively responsible clerical or administrative work experience that shows the ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws. Proficiency at proofreading, paying attention to detail, and producing accurate and quality work on time with the ability to involve the routine use of specialized terminology and automated software and equipment for word processing, data entry or report generation. Such experience is commonly encountered in law firms, legal counsel offices, educational institutions, federal and state courts, social service organizations, or human resources/payroll operations.   

Educational Substitutions: Education above the high school level may be substituted for required general experience based on one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) equals one-year of general experience. Education may not be substituted for specialized experience because the court support positions require hands-on experience to be credited as specialized experience.  

Court Preferred Qualifications and Experience  


Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments (not competitive civil service).   

Federal benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Optional benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, disability and life insurance, long-term care coverage, flexible spending accounts, retirement benefits, and a tax-deferred savings plan with employer matching contributions. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay. 


Conditions of Employment 
U.S. Citizenship or eligibility to work permanently in the U.S. is required. Successfully pass a background screening, which includes a criminal record check and interviews with personal and professional references. All employees of the United States Pretrial Services Agency are required to adhere to the Judicial Code of Conduct. 
The candidate selected for this position must comply with all COVID-19 vaccination directives from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California at the time of hire and throughout their employment. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action.

How To Apply

Submit an application packet that includes:   

  1. A letter of interest detailing their knowledge, skills and experience that is relevant to the field of pretrial services, investigations, counseling and case management. 
  2. Resume (include current salary; grade/step if federal employee).  
  3. Official academic transcripts. 
  4. A completed Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (Form AO 78

By Email:   

All documents must be attached as one PDF document. The subject line should state “Application 2021-5.  

Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Plan adopted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The U.S. Pretrial Services Agency reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.