Judicial Conference Secretariat Officer

Washington, D.C
Mar 17, 2023
Mar 24, 2023
Full Time

The Director of the Administrative Office (AO) serves as the Secretary of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Judiciary's policy-making body, and is an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference. The Judicial Conference Secretariat Office assists the Director by coordinating support to the Judicial Conference and its Executive Committee, and coordinating the activities of senior AO professional staff who dedicate all or a substantial portion of their time to the work of Judicial Conference committees.

The Judicial Conference Secretariat (JCS) Officer:
  • Provides expert legal advice and professional staff support to the AO Director, AO Deputy Director, judges, and other judiciary officials and staff regarding policies and decisions of the Judicial Conference and its committees.
  • Analyzes and presents interpretations of statutes, regulations, decisional law, and opinions.
  • Coordinates staff support to all Judicial Conference committees to include reviewing and clearing agendas, agenda materials, and reports; ensuring collaboration and coordination on issues across multiple committees; and providing procedural guidance and advice.
  • Provides support to the Judicial Conference including planning and coordinating biannual sessions, agendas, calendars, and briefing material; drafting the preliminary report and Report of Conference Proceedings; and monitoring the implementation of Judicial Conference actions.
  • Provides primary staff support to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference to include preparing agendas and materials and drafting memoranda of actions following each meeting.
  • Assists the Chief Justice of the United States and AO Director with Judicial Conference and special court appointments; collects, prepares, and maintains materials and records related to the committee appointments process and appointments to special panels or boards.
  • Manages and provides overall coordination for the AO advisory group process and maintains records relating to service on the councils and various groups included in the process.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens / . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/ .
  • All new AO employees are required to identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience which shows competence in the qualifications as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which includes interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Bar Membership : Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Post J.D. Experience : Subsequent to graduation from law school, applicants must have at least four years of experience (ten years preferred) working as an attorney. At least three years of this experience must be working as an attorney for an agency or other unit of the federal government, with service in a federal court or other entity in the federal Judiciary preferred. Service as a judicial law clerk to an Article III judge or other judicial officer of the federal Judiciary satisfies this preference.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience (preferably 4 years or more) equivalent to the GS-15/JSP-15/CL 31 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience for this position is define as follows;
    • Senior level experience in a legal capacity with responsibility for providing executive leadership to a large and diverse organization which clearly demonstrates ability to manage people and resources. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated legal and analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, sound judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.
    • Demonstrated experience working as an attorney at a senior level providing legal advice on complex and sensitive issues to high-level executives and officials in a government agency or other entity.
    Additional Assessment : Applicants who meet the specialized experience requirements also will be assessed on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications : A supplemental narrative must be uploaded and attached to your application addressing each MTQ listed below.
    • Expert knowledge of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of the Federal Government. Experience with and knowledge of relevant Federal laws, procedural and administrative rules and regulations, and canons of statutory construction.
    • Expert experience dealing with diverse members of the legal and governmental community, including the bench, bar, academic community, bar associations, Department of Justice, and other legal and government agencies, Members of Congress and Congressional staff, media, and public.
    • Excellent skills in oral and written presentation of complicated legal matters. This includes expert knowledge of and experience in a wide breadth of laws, statutes, policies, and proceedings with excellent negotiation and communication skills to ensure all information is clear and effectively ensures the desired outcome; and the ability to express, orally and in writing, complex legal issues in clear and succinct language so that the concepts are easily understood by both lawyers and non-lawyers.
    • Expert experience conducting and overseeing legal research and the preparation of legal documents; and preparing responses in the form of letters and memoranda for use by AO leaders and staff, judges, and other court employees (i.e., particular points of law; background information and legal references as a basis for advising on plans and policies; and compilation of legal issues and legislative history in connection with pending legislation).
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) : Applicants currently serving in an AOES position or under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to submit a narrative response for the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). A narrative response as part of the application package for each of the following ECQs is MANDATORY for all other applicants. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management. Building Coalitions / Communication: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.


    Applicants must possess a law degree, (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education .

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.