The Supreme Court of Ohio seeks an experienced, innovative, and visionary leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to serve as the Administrative Director, the senior non-elected official of the Court. The Administrative Director works closely with the Chief Justice and six Justices, and the judges of the state, in developing and communicating the long-term vision, values and direction of the Court and the judicial branch of Ohio government. This position is located in Columbus, Ohio.
OVERVIEW: The Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio is a position created under the Ohio Constitution. The Administrative Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the Court and oversees all of the day-to-day administrative functions of the Court. The Administrative Director is an unclassified position with the State of Ohio and serves at the pleasure of the Court.
Ohio has a non-unified court system. Judges are separately elected, as are the clerks of the general jurisdiction courts, the courts of common pleas. Additionally, some clerks of the municipal courts may be elected depending on the jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court exercises superintending authority through the Rules of Superintendence. Ohio has a strong Home-rule tradition, which is preserved by the state constitution.
BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Administrative Director provides leadership and supervision to the following divisions/areas of the Court: Attorney Services, Bar Admissions, Chief Legal Counsel, Clerk’s Office, Court Security, Court Services, Facilities Management, Fiscal Resources, Human Resources, Information Technology, Judicial Services, Law Library, Legal Resources, Office of the Reporter, Ohio Judicial College, and Public Information.
The Administrative Director develops and maintains constructive relationships with the General Assembly, monitors and reports on legislative matters of interest to the Court and the judicial branch, and represents the Court as directed.
Additionally, the Administrative Director develops and maintains constructive relationships with other government officials, agencies, and departments, as well as outside organizations and entities, including the bar and local courts and judges throughout the state of Ohio and the nation.
The Administrative Director identifies emerging issues and assigns staff support for special projects, initiatives, and task forces, as well as the Court’s boards and commissions. He or she identifies areas for improvement in process, procedure, and services to ensure the Court is fulfilling its mission and vision of providing exceptional service to the people of Ohio and leadership to the judicial branch of government.
Furthermore, the Administrative Director identifies, recommends, and implements administrative and policy solutions to improve the operations of each division, cross-divisional operations, and the Court as a whole.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The Supreme Court of Ohio offers a generous cocmpensation package that includes health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14-percent employer contribution to the state retirement plan (OPERS); tuition reimbursement; flex time; and paid vacation, personal and sick time earned in the first month of employment. The anticipated starting salary, which will be commensurate with experience, is $140,000.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Formal consideration of applicants responding to this announcement will begin September 28, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. To be considered for this opening, candidates must apply online and attach all of the following:
1. Complete application online 2. Complete the supplemental questions online 3. Upload a cover letter addressed to: Chair, Administrative Director Search Committee 4. Upload a resume or CV 5. Upload three (3) professional references
In response to your application, this system will send you a confirmation email.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug-free, and a weapons and violence-free, work environment.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as this position interacts daily with the Chief Justice and Justices of the Court, as well as other judicial officers and public officials at the state and national levels. A successful candidate for this position will be a dynamic leader who is able to build and maintain relationships while possessing a strong sense of integrity and justice with a commitment to teamwork.
The successful applicant must have extensive knowledge and experience with: court administration, executive leadership, legal processes and duties associated with civil and criminal litigation, and judicial education. The applicant also must possess the ability to manage and oversee the work of a diverse staff and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, judges, public officials, members of the bar, and other stakeholders while advocating for the court system.
The successful candidate must have experience managing legislative relations and a demonstrated knowledge of public sector budgeting/fiscal management and human resources/personnel management.
A prime candidate must have an extensive knowledge regarding management functions, needs, policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to the Ohio judicial system or a comparable local or state judicial system. Additionally, extensive knowledge about the general rules and regulations of a judicial system, the operation of local and state court systems, and principles and practices of modern court management and budgeting is necessary.
A successful applicant also must possess 8 years of prior court management experience in a senior-level position, a bachelor’s degree, and an advanced degree, master’s in public administration or law degree is preferred.
Self-motivation and strong attention to detail are required, in addition to a dedication to providing the Court with the highest level of service and ethics. The candidate must be unaffiliated with political agendas and not engage in political activity at any level.
The position requires occasional in-state travel and sporadic out-of-state travel.
About Supreme Court of Ohio
The Supreme Court of Ohio is the highest court in the U.S. state of Ohio, with final authority over interpretations of Ohio law and the Ohio Constitution. The court has seven members, a chief justice and six associate justices, each serving six-year terms.