Executive Legal Management, Professional Legal Management
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which serves more than 22 million people in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, seeks a dedicated and experienced administrator to be the Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Court supports the judges of the Court of Appeals by overseeing and leading the Court’s extensive administrative and operational functions. The Clerk also assists in resolving complex and sensitive issues having a significant impact on the day-to-day functioning of the Court. The Clerk reports directly to the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and communicates regularly with Circuit Judges and Clerk’s office staff; other court executive units; the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; the Federal Judicial Center; bar associations; and the media. Travel and public speaking are part of the work of the Clerk.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ main courthouse is in Philadelphia, with satellite Chambers in courthouses in Wilmington, Del.; Newark, N.J.; Trenton, N.J.; Scranton, PA; Erie, PA; and Pittsburgh, PA. The Circuit has 14 authorized Circuit Judges, 8 Senior Circuit Judges, and approximately 43 Clerk’s office staff.
The Clerk of the Court of Appeals is a statutory position, appointment to which is by the Court. The responsibilities of the position, under the supervision of the Court, include but are not limited to the following:
*Conduct of the business of the Court, including case management, manual and electronic records maintenance, statistical reporting, special studies, and opinion publication and circulation.
*Management of a 43-person Clerk’s Office staff, including hiring, supervision, training, and promotion of employees.
*Establishment and continuing maintenance of relationships with the district courts of the Circuit and with the practicing bar and governmental agencies having business before the Court.
*Working with members of the bar and the public to improve the delivery of Court services.
*As delegated by the Court, under local rules, disposition of motions filed in cases before the Court.
*Interpretation of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Rules of the Court and explanation of same to counsel, as well as implementation thereof. *As requested, consultation with and recommendation to the Court on all matters affecting the orderly and expeditious directing of the Court's business including, but not limited to, consultation regarding federal statutes and regulations and Administrative Office directives, policies and procedures.
*Participation in the process of planning the annual Court budget and forecasting personnel needs.
Minimum Qualifications: To be qualified for appointment as Clerk of Court, a candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or the private sector that provides the candidate with a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects of managing an organization. At least 3 of the 10 years must have been in a position that required substantial management responsibility. The candidate should have demonstrated skill in leading, motivating, and overseeing a diverse workforce and experience with the provision of court services, preferably at the federal level. The candidate should have a proactive, positive approach to managing change and a creative, innovative approach to planning and problem solving in an institutional setting. Minimum education is a B.A. or B.S., and a postgraduate degree from an accredited college or university or J.D. from an accredited law school is desirable. The postgraduate degree must be in public, business, or judicial administration and may be substituted for one additional year of the required general experience. A law degree may be considered as qualifying for two additional years of the required general experience, and the active practice of law in either the public or private sector in a position that had administrative or management responsibilities may substitute for required management experience on a year-for-year basis.
Required Experience: The candidate must be experienced in managing multiple complex tasks with competing deadlines, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a wide range of persons. The candidate must be fluent in the use of technology and must be knowledgeable with the operation and maintenance of a court-based electronic case filing system.