Personnel Administrator - Houston TX

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Texas (Houston)
Personnel Administrator

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER for the Southern District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of personnel administrator, to be stationed in the Houston, TX office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.


Requirements. Candidates must have five years of progressively responsible experience, with at least two years of experience in human resources and/or benefits management. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Personal computer skills, advancedword-processing skills; law office experience is preferred. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or Eligible to Work in the U.S. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI fingerprint check.


Duties. The Personnel Administrator assists the Administrative Officer and provides a full range of human resources generalist services to support office operations and federal defender staff. General duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Perform routine tasks required to administer benefits programs, such as health benefits, life and disability insurance, leaves of absence, workers’ compensation program, and retirement. Administer Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs and comply with reporting requirements. Assure that hiring and promotion practices comply with EEO guidelines and advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Process a variety of human resources and payroll actions such as appointments, promotions, and separations. Coordinate interviews, administer employment tests, and maintain recruiting and hiring statistics for the Fair Employment Practices Report. Maintain a comprehensive orientation program for all new employees on various administrative, personnel and procedural matters. Assist in training, researching, developing, and recommending human resources related procedures or policies for the office.


Selection Criteria. Candidates must possess good communication skills, initiative and capability of working in a high volume, fast paced office. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated work history of dependability, responsibility and the ability to be a team player.


Salary and Benefits. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the applicant, within a range from JSP-9, Step 1 to JSP-12, Step 1, currently yielding $63,091 to $91,493 per annum. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does include the same benefits as other federal government employees including participation in health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).


How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 22-08H) and a résumé to: Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, 440 Louisiana Street, Suite 1350, Houston, Texas 77002-1634, Attn: Administrative Officer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, determined on a case by case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Laura Dusthimer, Administrative Officer. Position announced May 25, 2022; deadline June 20, 2022. Subject to availability of funds. More than one position may be available. No phone calls, please.


The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.