Operations Support Clerk Job in Honolulu, HI

Vacancy No. 2024-06 Department U.S. Courts
Salary $49,289.00 to $88,517.00 Grade 24 to 25
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/16/2024 Close Date 7/16/2024
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Honolulu, HI

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


The Operations Support Clerk is the initial contact for the general public, litigants, and the bar with the Clerk's Office. The Operations Support Clerk performs document intake, mail handling, filing, scanning, data entry, cashiering, and customer service functions within the Clerk's Office under the direction of the Operations Supervisor. The position interacts extensively with the public, chambers and court staff, attorneys, and representatives of government agencies on a daily basis.

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

This announcement is open until filled. Applicants will be provisionally hired subject to successful completion of a background investigation by law enforcement agencies, which includes an FBI fingerprint check.


  • Receive and review incoming paper and electronic case documents to determine conformity with appropriate rules, practices and court procedures. Examine all pleadings to determine the jurisdiction of the court and accept those that conform to federal and local rules of practice. Process documents and route them to the appropriate location.
  • Issue civil and criminal processes such as summonses, subpoenas, writs of garnishment and warrants. Certify court documents.
  • Provide frontline customer service, answer and route incoming calls and provide procedural information to litigants, the public, chambers, and clerk's office staff. Assist the public in use of computerized databases. Provide basic information to the public, bar and the court.
  • Inform customers of required fees. Receive payments and issue receipts. Secure funds in cash register and balance cash drawer at the end of the day.
  • Retrieve, sort, copy, scan, and process mail. Receive, file stamp, and route incoming documents. Respond to written correspondence, as needed.
  • Open Cases in the Case Management/ Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) upon receipt of initiating documents such as applications, complaints, information, or petitions. Assign case numbers and randomly assign judges to new cases.
  • Scan, create PDF files, enter data, and upload documents into the CM/ECF system, including pleadings, complaints, motions, minutes, orders, and proceedings as necessary to maintain accuracy and completeness of the electronic case file. Ensure data quality of internal and external filers.
  • Process new attorney CM/ECF registration forms by verifying an attorney's authority to practice before the court; and assigning a CM/ECF login and password. Assist with attorney bar admission.
  • Assist with duties related to the Central Violations Bureau (CVB); including preparing, distributing, and confirming the traffic calendar, rescheduling traffic court dates, and answering incoming CVB related phone calls.
  • Prepare and ship records to the Federal Records Center and retrieve records from centers when needed by the public, court staff, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and other agencies. Some lifting of boxes may be required.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

Are you interested in a position that supports the federal Judiciary's mission of ensuring equal access under the law? Do you thrive in a team environment? The Clerk's Office of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii is a career-oriented organization focused on providing exceptional service to the court, members of the legal community, and the general public. Whether launching or continuing a career in public service, the U.S. District Court is a great place to work with competitive salaries and benefits, a work schedule that promotes a work-life balance, access to a fitness center, and the opportunity to work with colleagues committed to fulfilling the important mission of administering justice in an efficient and effective manner. This position offers an excellent opportunity to advance a career in Federal court service. Currently we are seeking applicants for a full-time Operations Support Clerk position.

Other Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. All application information is subject to verification. Employees of the United States District Court serve under "Excepted Appointments" and are considered "At-Will" employees.

Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer for payroll direct deposit.


Starting salary depends on qualifications, experience, and court budget. This position is graded under the Court Personnel System.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicant must be a high school graduate and have a minimum of two years of general experience, defined as progressively responsible clerical, office or other work experience that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.

Applicant must also have one year of specialized experience, defined as progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures that demonstrate the ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws and involved the routine use of specialized terminology and automated software and equipment for word processing, data entry or report generation. Therefore, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, as well as other Windows-based applications is needed. Such specialized experience is commonly acquired when working in a law firm, legal counsel office, bank or credit firm, educational institution, social service organization, insurance company, real estate and title office, corporate headquarters or in a human resources/payroll operation.

Educational Substitutions - Education above the high school level may be substituted for required general experience on a year for year basis, but not for specialized experience, which requires hands-on work experience as defined above.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and/or direct work experience related to the processing of legal documents such as might be encountered in law firms, a court or related legal field, financial institutions, real estate offices or insurance companies.

Other Qualifications:
The Operations Support Clerk must be highly motivated, personable, dependable, adaptable, and able to remain calm under pressure. The successful candidate must communicate effectively (orally and in writing), function well both independently and in a team environment, and provide excellent customer service to a wide variety of people with tact and courtesy. Additionally, the qualified candidate must have strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple assignments while dealing with frequent interruptions, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality, demonstrating sound ethics and good judgment at all times. A professional demeanor and appearance appropriate for a court environment is required.


A high school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of two years of general experience one year of specialized experience.

Educational Substitutions - Education above the high school level may be substituted for required general experience on a year for year basis, but not for specialized experience, which requires hands-on work experience as defined above.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will also be selected through an interview process.

Required Documents

Please read the "How to Apply" section.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

The following documents will be required:

  1. Letter of interest;
  2. An updated resume;
  3. Listing of three professional references with current contact information; and
  4. A completed and signed AO-78 (Judicial Branch Federal Employment application), which is available from the Hawaii U.S. District Court website: https://www.hid.uscourts.gov/home under FORMS and "Miscellaneous," or on the Employment page.
You must submit all required documents to be considered for this opportunity. Non-submission of the required documentation or an incomplete application packet may disqualify an applicant from further consideration.

Please submit electronically via email all requested documents combined into ONE PDF to: careers@hid.uscourts.gov with the subject line: VA 24-06 Operations Support Clerk (your name).

Agency contact information

Human Resources


US District Court, District of Hawaii
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Rm. 2100
Honolulu, HI 96850
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Next steps

The U.S. District Court will only communicate with those individuals who will be invited for personal interviews and only applicants who are interviewed will receive a response regarding their application status. Interview and relocation expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii reserves the right to modify or withdraw this vacancy announcement, or to fill the position any time before the closing date, either of which may occur without prior written or other notice. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the court unit executive may choose to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.

Equal Focused Employer. The Court encourages applications from all qualified individuals and seeks a diverse pool of applicants in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, languages spoken, veteran's status, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstance. The court provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify Human Resources at 808-541-1441. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

We value diversity, are committed to equity and inclusion, and support a workplace in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.