$48,378-$84,049* Idaho Falls, ID

Position Overview

The Judicial Assistant (JA) is a permanent staff member in the Judge's chambers. The successful candidate will be professional, organized, proficient in writing and editing, have a pleasant and positive attitude and the ability to act as the institutional memory of a small office with a staff of law clerks that turns over annually, and will possess the initiative to ensure smooth-running operations in the Judge’s absence.

The JA will provide a variety of administrative, paralegal, and legal secretarial support services for Judge Nelson and his law clerks including: receiving and assisting visitors; answering and screening phone calls; preparing correspondence and reports; helping the Judge manage his involvement with various judicial committees and events; and maintaining office functionality, from ordering supplies to coordinating technical assistance.

The JA is also responsible for the administrative aspects of preparing the Judge for calendar. These include performing case checks for potential conflicts of interest, organizing calendar materials, acquiring and returning court records, managing critical deadlines, maintaining a database, preparing expense reports, making travel arrangements, filing, and submitting the Judge's annual financial disclosure

Required Qualifications

  • Associates degree
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required
  • Two years of secretarial or legal processing experience.
  • Must possess a strong legal, administrative or paralegal background. Excellent command of English grammar and spelling.
  • Excellent organization, communication and administrative skills. Computer proficiency with word processing, email, legal research and database maintenance.
  • Proficiency with making travel arrangements and submitting expense reports.
  • Ability to work collegially in a small working environment.
  • Integrity, character, and good judgment.

*Salary: Depending on qualifications and experience:

  • For grade JS 8: 2 years of general work experience, plus 3 years of specialized work experience (legal, paralegal or law office work)**
  • For grade JS 9: 1 additional year of specialized work experience.**
  • For grade JS 10: 2 additional years of specialized work experience.**
  • For grade JS 11: 3 additional years of specialized work experience.**

**A college degree may be substituted for general work experience; legal or paralegal

training may be substituted for up to 2 years of specialized work experience.

Total Rewards and Work-Life Balance

Salary*: Depending on qualifications and experience, $48,378 to $84,049 (JS-8 to JS-11)

Time off: 13 days of paid vacation for the first three years, increasing with tenure thereafter, 13 sick days accrued per year, 10 paid holidays.


  • Federal pension plan and optional employer-matching Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K).
  • Choice of a variety of employer-subsidized federal health and life insurance plans. Optional dental, vision, and long-term care coverage.
  • Flexible spending account to pay out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with tax-free dollars.

Other Perks: Eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; public transit subsidy; alternate work schedules; and reasonable work hours.

How to Apply and Required Documents

Please submit an application packet through the Court’s Career Portal that includes: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) 2 letters of recommendation or references. Applicants missing required documents will not be considered.

Next Steps

Initial application review: Friday, February 5, 2021 – Sunday, March 28, 2021

If selected for an interview, tentative interview dates include the weeks of April 19, 2021 and April 26, 2021.

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. Positions with the U.S. Courts are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court.

Employees will be hired provisionally pending the results of a background investigation and fingerprinting. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Direct deposit of pay required.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, for any reason including, but not limited to, budgetary issues. Said modifications may occur without prior written or other notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer.