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Student Contractor

The United States Pretrial Services Office for the Northern District of Illinois is currently accepting applications for the full-time temporary position(s) of Student Contractor. This position will be filled as permitted by budgetary constraints. This appointment will not exceed a year and one day.  Although, the office, at its discretion, may extend the temporary appointment. The Pretrial Services Student Contractor provides support to the office at the headquarter location in Chicago. More than one position may be filled by this posting


  •                   Assist officers conduct investigations and verify background information concerning persons charged with a federal offense when they are arrested or summoned to court.
  •                    Assist in the operation of on-site substance abuse testing program. Record results of drug testing into PACTS and notify pretrial services officers. Maintain drug testing equipment, including oversight of supplies. Maintain all laboratory logs.
  •                   Maintain contact with pretrial services officers to ensure all clients required to undergo urinalysis are tested.
  •                    Provide administrative assistance to the Location Monitoring Officers.
  •                    Assist Officers with administrative duties such as scanning, shredding, copying, filing, conduct database searches, chronological entries, etc.
  •                    Assist in performing receptionist duties by greeting visitors/defendants in person and/or on the telephone directing them to the appropriate staff member. Process outgoing mail/receiving mail and routing to the appropriate staff member.
  •                   Perform other duties as assigned.


  •                    Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  •                    Applicant must be currently enrolled or completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in social work, criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or a related field of study. Proof of enrollment or completion of degree must be provided.
  •                    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  •                    Skill in using personal computers and software applications, specifically Windows 10, scanners, copy machines, data entry, MS Office 365, and Outlook.
  •                    Flexibility in adapting workplace changes.
  •                    Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  •                    Ability to work in a team setting.
  •                    Ability to meet required deadlines, maintain tracking systems related to cases.
  •                    Ability to maintain concentration despite interruptions.
  •                    Ability to type.
  •                    Good knowledge of office procedures, practices, and processes.
  •                    Extensive knowledge of proper grammar usage and the ability to edit efficiently.
  •                    General knowledge of the criminal justice system and legal terminology.
  •                    Fluency in Spanish is helpful, but not required.


Employees of the United States Pretrial Services Office are not subject to the regulations of the Civil Service Commission. They are, however, federal employees of the Judicial Branch and are entitled to most of the same benefits as other federal government employees.

*       Up to 13 days paid vacation per year for the first three (3) years of employment, thereafter, 20 to 26 days per year, dependent upon the length of federal service
*       A minimum of ten (10) paid holidays per year. Mandatory participation in the federal retirement system and social security program.
*       Optional participation in the federal health insurance program of your choice. Optional vision and dental programs are offered as well
*       Optional participation in the flexible spending program for health and childcare
*       Optional participation in commuter parking reimbursement program
*       Optional participation in a group life insurance program
*       Retirement - Basic Benefit (FERS employees) varies by type of FERS employee
*       Thrift Savings Plan - Automatic Contribution 1% of Basic Pay for FERS employee and employee matching up to an additional 4% of Basic Pay

When computing leave accrual and retirement benefits, time in service with other federal agencies, as well as time for prior military service, is taken into consideration

The application packet consists of:

·        Resume (two page maximum)
·        Cover letter
·        AO78 “Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment” found at

Please email the entire packet as one attachment in PDF format with “Position 19-08” in the subject line to:

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

The U.S. Pretrial Services Office is not authorized to reimburse candidates for interview or relocation expenses. Applicants interviewed will be given a written assessment exercise. School transcripts may be requested as part of the final selection process. Due to the volume of applications received, U.S. Pretrial Services will only communicate with those qualified individuals who will be interviewed.


Pretrial Services requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct which is available upon request. The applicant will be subject to a criminal background record check and consumer credit check before an employment offer is made. The courthouse is a smoke-free environment. Direct Deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees. The U.S. Pretrial Services Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw this announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date without prior notice.