Branch Manager Legal

Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of the Register of Wills/Probate Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court and reports to the Register of Wills. The Legal Branch Manager oversees the daily management and operations of the Legal Branch of the Probate Division providing oversight of work flow management to promote efficient, accurate and timely submissions to court. The Legal Branch Manager is responsible for managing an established program while analyzing, proposing, and implementing process improvement initiatives. This position supervises the clerical and professional staff (lawyers and specialists in small estate proceedings) within the Branch.

The Legal Branch Manager ensures that all legal writing prepared by the Branch meets the highest standards for clarity, legal and factual accuracy, and timeliness. The Branch Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the service to citizens provided by the Legal Branch is consistent, courteous, professional, and reflects the values of the DC Courts.

The incumbent should be enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.
  • United States Citizens only.
  • A citizen of the United States and graduation from an accredited university or college with a law degree plus a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar with no disciplinary proceedings within the past five (5) years.

    At least five (5) years of legal experience actively engaged in the practice of law with at least three (3) years of legal experience actively engaged in the practice of probate law in the District of Columbia or otherwise have broad experience in, or knowledge on the subject of the administration of the estates of deceased persons in the District of Columbia.

    At least three (3) years of experience managing employees in a public service, agency, court system or legal environment.

    Have excellent legal research, writing, and editing skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills needed to successfully interact with the public, the judiciary, and other court personnel.

    Graduation from the Courts’ Management Training Program may substitute for one (1) year of supervisory experience (You must provide documentation of your management training (i.e. copy of certificate) with your application.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

    To qualify based on education, upload copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

    To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:

    1. Resume
    2. Copy of Law School Diploma or Transcript
    3. Copy of D.C. Bar License
    4. List of three (3) professional references
    All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.



    Brief Description of Duties:

    • Oversees the operations of the Probate Legal Branch providing the management and supervision necessary to accomplish Probate Division goals and objectives.
    • Develops plans and strategies to accomplish division goals that deliver continuous improvement in strategic and tactical initiatives.
    • Develops and maintains branch policies and guidelines and monitors branch operations for compliance with division and court policies and procedures.
    • Reviews petitions and pleadings, and edits the recommendations on disposition and proposed orders for same, to ensure clarity of language, compliance with legal requirements and adherence to court policies.
    • Prepares legal memoranda for judges on complex and technical legal questions; handles day-to-day legal writing tasks as needed.
    • Represents the Probate Division in court as needed.
    • Provides analysis on pending and enacted legislation, rules and case law which may impact the division and recommends processes and procedures to address change.
    • Prepares and submits narrative and statistical reports and presentations on branch operations and performance.
    • Identifies and recommends allocation of resources (staff, funding, equipment, and facilities) required to support branch operations.
    • Manages the recruitment and appointment process for new hires to ensure fairness and compliance; implements management techniques to develop and maintain an engaged and satisfied workforce.
    • Assesses training needs and provides training to staff on legal issues. Proposes training and development opportunities for staff to ensure satisfactory work performance and excellent customer service.
    • Implements a collaborative performance management process by developing individual performance plans and evaluations; rewarding and coaching staff; documenting performance and addressing performance issues in a timely manner; issuing and reviewing personnel actions as warranted in accordance with court policy and division procedures and standards.

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