This is a highly responsible administrative position serving as the principal assistant to the State Court Administrator. The Deputy State Court Administrator exercises considerable independent judgment in the interpretation and application of laws, rules, and procedures in connection with various aspects of the court administration process. The position is directly responsible to the State Court Administrator.
Advises and assists the State Court Administration in performing her or his duties.
Supervises the State Court Administrator’s office in the absence of the State Court Administrator.
Exercises general supervision over the judiciary budget as directed by the State Court Administrator.
Serves as a liaison with key staff representatives of various committees in the state legislature and with staff at the Legislative Services Agency.
Analyzes legislation affecting the state judicial system and assists in determining the fiscal impact of legislation on the judicial branch.
Assists in drafting revisions to the Iowa Court Rules and the Iowa Code as requested by the State Court Administrator.
Serves as a liaison with the district court administrators and clerks of district court in all judicial districts.
Prepares fiscal and administrative memoranda and reports as requested by the State Court Administrator.
Testifies before various legislative committees concerning legislation affecting the judicial branch, as directed by the State Court Administrator.
Responds to requests for information about the Iowa courts from state agencies and other state and federal courts.
Assists the State Court Administrator and Director of Finance in the development of the Judicial Branch’s annual budget request to be submitted to the Iowa Legislature.
Assists the Judicial Qualifications Commission in the preparation and conduct of meetings and preparation of correspondence after and between quarterly meetings, while complying with court rules on confidentiality.
Assists in the management of the Business Specialty Court by overseeing the assignment of business court judges to cases in a manner that maintains equitable caseload assignments.
Oversees courthouse security efforts in coordination with the Judicial Branch’s Director of State Judicial Facilities.
Oversees the work of State Court Administration managers whose projects are supported by state and/or federal grant funds and serves as the judicial branch’s lead contact person for federal grant management systems (e.g., Just Grants).
Oversee the work of the Director of Language Access Services.
Oversees the work of other State Court Administration managers as directed by the State Court Administrator.
Serves on or oversees judicial branch and interagency advisory committees and task forces as directed by the State Court Administrator.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of court administration, court procedures, legal terminology, and the organization and responsibilities of the court system. Substantial knowledge of the legislative process. Ability to plan and supervise the activities of subordinate state court administration managers and staff in a manner that fosters excellent performance and positive morale. Ability to formulate and express ideas on complex subjects clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, for a wide range of audiences. Ability to exercise initiative, imagination, and sound judgment in recommending policies and making decisions. Ability to foster and maintain the trust and confidence of colleagues, staff, judges, legislators, and leaders and staff of other agencies. Ability to perform a wide variety of duties competently and ethically while under the pressure of deadlines.
Application available at: www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/career-opportunities/
Application materials must be received by Monday, November 22, 2021.
Requires graduation from an accredited four year college and at least three years of supervisory experience in court or public administration. Strongly prefer a candidate with a law degree (J.D.) or an advanced degree in court administration, public administration, business administration, criminal justice, or a related field. Prefer candidates who have completed the Court Executive Development Program through the Institute for Court Management and candidates with substantial knowledge of the Iowa court system.
Must be available and able to travel within the state as requested by the State Court Administrator.
Final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Judicial Branch mission:
The Iowa Judicial Branch dedicates itself to providing independent and accessible forums for fair and prompt resolution of disputes, administering justice under law equally to all persons.