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 Des Moines Area Community College, Court Reporting Instructor Position:

(closes April 14, 2024)


POSITION: Official Court Reporter
LOCATION: Des Moines, IA
OPENING DATE: Wednesday, March 13
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
CLASSIFICATION LEVEL/SALARY RANGE: $93,421-$107,435 (starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications)

POSITION SUMMARY The United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa is seeking an Official Court Reporter in Des Moines. Official Court Reporters are responsible for recording court proceedings in court and in chambers, for producing requested transcripts, and for filing required copies of transcripts with the Clerk of Court.

• Attend and record verbatim court sessions for both civil and criminal proceedings; read back portions of court record as required.
• Provide transcripts within the time and cost limitations set by the Judicial Conference; electronically file with the Clerk of Court all transcripts prepared. Fees for transcripts sold to private parties are established by Judicial Conference and are retained by the Official Court Reporter.
• Provide transcripts to the Court upon request without charge.
• Provide realtime feed to the Court without charge.
• Perform administrative duties as required, such as billing for transcripts, financial and other recordkeeping, preparation and filing of required Administrative Office reports, and responding to official correspondence and telephone calls.
• Maintain and safeguard records until they are disposed of according to statutory requirement and Judicial Conference policy.
• Adhere to requirements of the Guide to Judiciary Policy, Volume 6, as well as the court’s local Court Reporting Management Plan.
• Travel to other divisional offices in Council Bluffs and Davenport.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Required Qualifications

• Must possess a minimum of four years of prime court reporting experience in a court, the freelance field, captioning, or a combination thereof.

• Must have passed the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or an equivalent qualifying examination.
• Must have realtime court reporting proficiency.
The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational skills and communication skills to permit the production of transcripts within strict time limitations, work well under pressure, and be willing to work as part of a team of court reporters under the direction of the court reporter supervisor and Clerk of Court in fulfilling the needs of all judicial officers of the court. The Candidate must possess tact, judgment, poise, initiative, and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Preferred Qualifications
Special consideration will be extended to:
• Reporters who hold a Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) certification; and
• Reporters who hold a Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) or Federal Certified Realtime Reporter (FCRR) certification.


CR Level 1: $93,421 (minimum qualifications)

CR Level 2: $98,092 (requires Merit Certification)

CR Level 3: $102,764 (requires Realtime Certification)

CR Level 4: $107,435 (requires Realtime and Merit Certification)

Merit Certification: Registered Merit Reporter certification from NCRA

Realtime Certification: Realtime certification from NCRA or USCRA

The successful candidate will be required to maintain personal equipment and ensure it is compatible with court equipment. Official Court Reporters are responsible for purchasing office supplies; equipment including steno machines; computer hardware and software; postage and delivery charges. Official Court Reporters must provide wiring and data communications connections needed to provide realtime services to parties requesting realtime services.


Benefits include eleven paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Participation is optional for the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, Flexible Benefits Program, and Federal Judiciary Long Term Care Insurance Program.

Employees must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available for review upon request. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment. Employees of the United States District Court are at will and can be terminated with or without cause at any time.


The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify human resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa does not reimburse for expenses associated with interviews or relocation.


Candidates must submit: (1) a cover letter which addresses qualifications, skills, and experience necessary to perform the duties, (2) a resume, (3) copies of professional certificates and (4) a list of three professional references. Applications submitted without all items will not be considered. Email all documents as a single pdf to: Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified.

The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace.



Minimum Competency:

COURT REPORTING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM – Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) or Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) required. Associates degree plus two-years work experience with court reporting, freelancing, captioning or CART. Knowledge of courtroom procedures, ethics, legal terminology, and medical terminology is required. Must have 4,000 hours documented work experience in court reporting, captioning, or freelancing. Must demonstrate oral English proficiency for classroom instruction. Must also pass drug screening and background investigation.  Classes may be taught in person, online, or a hybrid.

Contact or (563-940-1102) for  additional information.

Posted March 28, 2023


Freelance Reporters Needed for Established Firm – Omaha, Nebraska Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters -

Starting Bonus/Relocation Assistance:
RPR=$5,000; CRR=$10,000

Service area: Nebraska and Iowa.
Immediate openings for experienced, full-time freelance reporters.
Very busy private firm. Reporters paid WEEKLY on all billed work.
Friendly and professional environment, with full-time staff doing
production, billing, delivery and collections. Anticipated income range
upon request (with 6-figure potential).
Inquiries to or 402-556-5000.

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