Chief (Attorney Advisor)

Washington, D.C
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Judicial Services Office (JSO) serves as a liaison, consultant, advocate, and resource for federal judges and handles matters arising within the Administrative Office (AO) and with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), executive and legislative branches of the federal government, the public, and others.

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The Chief, Judicial Services Office (JSO), provides oversight, supervision, coordination, and support for judges and chambers staff. The ideal candidate will have high-level knowledge and skills to serve as the subject matter expert and agency's primary source for providing support and assistance regarding policies and activities that impact all areas of the judicial services to include but not limited to:
  • Providing oversight and leadership to office staff in support of programs related to appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges and chambers staff.
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of JSO, including supervising the division chiefs, and managing the budget, policy, and other resource requirements.
  • Accomplishing work through delegation, mentoring, and coaching staff, aligning duties with staff strengths, and supporting a team environment that fosters respect.
  • Establishing priorities, identifying solutions, developing short and long-range program and project milestones and timelines, and ensuring deadlines are met and services align with mission requirements.
  • Serving as principal management staff support to the Judicial Conference Committees on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, Administration on the Magistrate Judges System, Intercircuit Assignments, International Judicial Relations, and support for relevant advisory and working groups.
  • Providing high level customer service and support with responsibility for identifying and resolving issues, participating in the development and delivery of a full range of customer services that address changes in requirements, exploring ways to enhance the level of services and support provided, and staying abreast of customers' current and long-range mission requirements.
  • Preparing and presenting, orally and in writing, briefings and documents related to judges' programs to judges, committees, senior leadership, and others.
  • Serving as an expert on matters relating to judges and chambers, including working on or leading the efforts of various committees, working groups, and other ad hoc teams, and advising on proposed or pending legislation impacting these programs.
  • Coordinating with other government agencies on program and initiatives related to judges' programs.
  • Attending and participating in meetings conducted by and on behalf of the Associate Director.
  • Working on AO intra-agency operations, planning, initiatives, communication, cooperation, strategic planning, and providing reports in support of the AO's mission to support judges and chambers staff.

  • Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    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 Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that 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 United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . 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 a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must 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.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include 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 : Applicants must also possess at least five years of post J.D. experience.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15/JSP-15/CL 31/PB 2F level which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience overseeing and coordinating judicial, legislative, or executive support nationwide with significant experience managing program related budgetary, personnel, and procurement and with a record of effectively collaborating across functional lines and with internal and external stakeholders.

    Desired, but not required: Experience with (or providing) judicial support.

    Additional Assessment: Applicants who meet the specialized experience requirements also will be assessed on the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). A narrative response for each Executive Core Qualification is Mandatory. A space will be provided in the online assessment questionnaire. Exception: Applicants currently serving 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) .Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): A narrative response for each of the following qualifications is mandatory.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at .

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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