New York State is accepting applications on a continuous basis for Verbatim Reporter 1, for postings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and in Hauppauge, Hempstead, Albany, Peekskill, White Plains, Rochester and other municipalities. The starting salary is $53,130.
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
There is no application-processing fee, and New York State residence is not required.
Incumbents take verbatim records at hearings, formal meetings and conferences. They transcribe proceedings and minutes of meetings involving testimony and/or discussion on various topics. They also take the sworn testimony of doctors, specialists, psychiatrists, chiropractors and others, including descriptions of diagnosis and treatment.
Verbatim Reporter 1 positions exist in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Office of the State Comptroller and the Workers' Compensation Board.
All three entities have an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. The WCB will accept applications at any time. Applications will be rated on an as-needed basis.
Candidates must have completed a two-year course/degree in court reporting or verbatim reporting; or have two years of satisfactory experience in general verbatim reporting; or possess documentation confirming proficiency of at least 180 words per minute.
Examples of qualifying court-reporting experience include Supreme, Federal, county, city, grand jury and town justice; general court reporting (examination before trial), depositions, meetings and public hearings; real-time court reporting; computer-aided transcription (case catalyst); reporting and transcribing of medical testimony; and reporting and transcribing Workers' Compensation Board depositions.
Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience will be accepted on a prorated basis.
In general, all applications received up to six weeks before a scheduled test date will be processed for that test date. Applications received afterward will be retained for the next scheduled rating.
Some Verbatim Reporter 1 positions require a valid driver’s license.
There is no written test. Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will have their training and experience evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position.
Complete information on the positions and testing requirements can be found online at www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/public/cr.cfm. The exam application number is 20-879.
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