The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida is accepting applications for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant Intern in the Miami Office.  The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases.

Requirements:  The successful applicant must be a college graduate.  College graduate with a business degree preferred. Applicants must be United States Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.

Duties:  The Administrative Assistant Intern will provide a variety of administrative support services to the administrative staff and assist the Administrative Officer in the following manner: receive, screen, and refer or direct telephones calls; answer general inquiries and provide information according to available reference material;  assist with word processing tasks and assignments; assist in recording statistical data; operate office equipment and assist other staff members in use of machines; receive and route incoming mail, faxes, and deliveries; data entry; procure office supplies and equipment;  create spreadsheets in Excel; prepare and review vouchers for payment; assist with budget projection; monitors and controls expenses incurred in the operation and maintenance of the office; assists with the responsibility for complying with the internal controls procedures of the office; assists with coordination of construction projects and arranges office relocations, renovations, and repairs;  serve as back up for different personnel in administration; perform all other duties as assigned. The incumbent must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Selection Criteria: This position requires excellent proofreading and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail; computer literacy with a working knowledge of WordPerfect, MS Word, Excel and a financial accounting system: accurate typing and filing skills; excellent organizational and writing abilities; and a demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals and groups of varying backgrounds. Prior experience in an office environment is desirable but not mandatory. A test on Excel, writing skills, etc. will be given at time of interview.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position and federal salary and benefits apply.  The salary for this position will be based on experience and qualifications and the Judiciary Salary Plan range from Grade 5 Step 1, $38,481 to Grade 7, Step 10, $61,962.  This position is subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit) participation of net pay. *We may offer a salary beyond the minimum starting salary depending on qualifications, experience, and court funds.

How to Apply: No telephone calls please.  Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a resume outlining experience, and two references in ONE PDF format to:


Raisa Gonzalez
Human Resources Specialist
Federal Public Defender’s Office
150 West Flagler Street, Suite 1500
Miami, Florida 33130
Or via e-mail to:
[email protected]

Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds in the final appropriation.  Applications must be received by May 17, 2022.  All responses will remain confidential.

The Federal Public Defender is an Equal-Opportunity Employer

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