The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa is accepting applications for a Chief Deputy Clerk. Currently, the court is comprised of two district judges, one senior judge, and two magistrate judges. The Northern District of Iowa is headquartered in Cedar Rapids and has a divisional office in Sioux City.
The Chief Deputy Clerk is a professional, managerial position responsible for the day to day administration and supervision of operations and various administrative functions of the Clerk of Court's office. The Chief Deputy reports directly to the Clerk of Court and assists the Clerk with supervision, planning, developing, and implementing office policies, procedures and programs, and managing the Court's operations. The court anticipates that the current Clerk of Court may retire within the next three years.
Assist in providing leadership, management, and supervision for the operations of the Clerk’s office. Assist in overseeing the business of the court, including the processing of cases, statistical reporting, case management, and serving as the custodian of official court records. Assume the duties of the Clerk of Court in his absence.
Assist with the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and modification of organizational policy and court rules. Participate and collaborate in the establishment and development of court-wide policies. Assist with developing and executing strategic and long-range plans of the Clerk’s office and the court. Interpret and apply the appropriate statutes, rules, and operating procedures, including the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures and local internal policies and controls.
Analyze the overall flow of cases within the court to ensure effective case management. Assist with managing the jury operations of the court and make recommendations to improve juror utilization.
Interact with the Administrative Office, Federal Judicial Center, other federal courts, court units, the bar, government agencies, judges and the public to resolve complex issues of practice and procedure.
Assist with the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and practices to secure staff and physical assets of the court unit, which may include oversight of: property management, training, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery activities, space and facilities needs, security, media and public relations; and, acquiring additional resources as needed.
Supervise preparation and submission of statistical reports relating to all cases filed, disposition of such cases, disposition of defendants in criminal cases, use of jurors, trials and pre-trials conducted, naturalization petitions and other reports required to reflect the workload of the court.
In conjunction with the Clerk and Management Team, establish and adjust long range goals, schedules, priorities and deadlines for completion of work assignments and coordinate work schedules among subordinate units.
Participate in and coordinate Management Team activities and chair meetings.
Work with the IT Director to determine present and future automation needs, anticipating trends in emerging technologies, and assist in developing long and short-term plans synthesizing Court needs with available technology and maximizing efficiency through improvements to existing automated systems.
Assist with development of the budget and financial plan.
Prepare comprehensive memoranda, reports, and correspondence; draft administrative orders, proposed procedures and local rules; complete complex projects and perform other duties as assigned by the Clerk.
Candidates wishing to apply must submit an application packet which includes:
A cover letter of interest that addresses qualifications and relevant experience;
A current resume including salary history;
A narrative statement that details management philosophy and personal leadership style;
Names and contact information for three professional references; and,
Form AO78, Application for Judicial Branch Employment, which may be obtained here.
Application documents should be emailed in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the volume of applications received, the court will only communicate with those applicants selected for an interview.
The U.S. District Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement sooner than the advertised closing date without written notice to the applicants. Incomplete applications, as well as those not submitted electronically, will not be considered.
Please visit www.iand.uscourts.gov for complete job description and instructions on how to apply.
Applicants must be a U.S Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university (preferably with a degree in public administration, business administration, social sciences, or a related field) is required. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of required general experience on the basis of one academic year of education equals nine (9) months of experience. A postgraduate degree may be substituted for one additional year of required general experience, and a law degree may be considered as qualifying for two additional years of required general experience.
In addition, the successful candidate must be a leader, motivator, highly organized, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Candidate must also have the ability to provide innovative solutions to workplace problems and employee relation issues, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, have expertise in dealing with others in person-to-person work relationships, and strong analytical and project management skills.
Prior federal judiciary experience is preferred.
Each candidate must also have a performance history that demonstrates strong organizational and problem solving skills, the ability to exercise sound judgment and a strong work ethic. In addition, a minimum of three years of general experience and three years of specialized experience is required as indicated below:
General Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible general administrative or professional experience in public service or business which provided an opportunity to study, practice and implement the basic theories, concepts, principles, and policies of sound and effective management.
Specialized Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a position with substantial senior management responsibilities, preferably in judicial administration or operations of a federal or state court.