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Grand Jury Stenographer

Exam Type
Notice of Vacancy
District Attorney
Job Category
Law/Legal Services
Location Category
25 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
Posting Date
Closing Date
Salary Range
Starting $38.04/hour


Grand Jury Stenographer

Department & Location:      Erie County District Attorney, 25 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo 

Posting Dates:                        May 30, 2024 – June 10, 2024

Title of Position                     Grand Jury Stenographer*, CSEA Job Group XIV (1 position) 

Shift:                                      Regular part-time provisional, Monday-Friday (30 hours/week)

Starting  Salary:      $38.04/hour for new county employees;  For current CSEA Erie County employees – hourly step to step compensation Grades 1-5 & A-F 

• Contracted 3% cost of living increase in each of 2025, 2026 & 2027 

• All stenographic machine and supplies provided

*Please note that this position is a competitive civil service title and requires a future civil service examination.  Selection for permanent appointment(s) will be made from reachable candidate(s) on the eligible list according to the NYS Civil Service Rule of Three. 


  • Takes and transcribes all testimony heard by the Grand Jury utilizing a computer assisted transcribing system, proofing and finalization of transcripts, routing to appropriate bureau or local court office; 
  • Takes and transcribes statements of witnesses and confessions of defendants in matters to be presented to the Grand Jury; 
  • No audio recording/backup permitted
  • Prepares for the selection, induction and indoctrination of a new Grand Jury by the District Attorney; 
  • Maintains Grand Jury records, transcripts and the results of Grand Jury action, as well as statements and line-ups; 
  • Maintains a roster of full time reporters to cover all Grand Jury panels each month; 
  • Keeps current with various bureaus as to status of cases requested by departments within District Attorney's Office, local courts and judges' requests; 
  • Testifies on request, as to accuracy of transcripts in County and Supreme Court. 


Comprehensive knowledge of legal terminology and of the proper form, contents and processing of legal documents; comprehensive knowledge of courtroom procedures; ability to operate CAT (Computer Aided Transcription) equipment; ability to take and transcribe verbatim testimony of the greatest complexity at a rate of 225 syllables a minute; ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions; ability to get along with others; clerical aptitude; a high degree of accuracy; initiative and resourcefulness; industry and dependability; good hearing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


A.) Completion of an acceptable course in Court Reporting and two (2) years of experience in general verbatim reporting using CAT (Computer Aided Transcription) equipment; or: 

B.) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and three (3) years of experience in general verbatim reporting using CAT (Computer Aided Transcription) equipment; or:  

C.) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), and (B). 

NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full time experience requirement. 


If interested and meet the above qualifications, please forward resume to: 

                                                Kathleen Callan, Chief of Administration, 

                                                Erie County District Attorney, 25 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202 

This notice will be posted for the period May 30, 2024 through and including June 10, 2024.

Erie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workplace diversity.