Chief Deputy Clerk (Type II)

Washington, D.C
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is accepting applications for the full-time, permanent position of Chief Deputy Clerk (Type II).

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The Chief Deputy Clerk is a senior-level management position that reports directly to the Clerk of the Panel. In the absence of the Clerk, the incumbent assumes the functions and responsibilities of the Clerk. The Chief Deputy is directly responsible for the supervision and management of the Clerk's office, including such areas as intake, data processing, records management, budgeting, purchasing/procurement, quality assurance and personnel. The Chief Deputy works closely with the management team and all staff.

The Panel is a statutory national court under federal jurisdiction and is governed principally by 28 U.S.C. § 1407. It was created by Congress in 1968. The statute provides that the Panel shall consist of seven Article III judges appointed by the Chief Justice, each of whom must reside in a different Circuit. The statute gives the Panel the authority to "centralize" related actions pending in different districts by ordering the transfer of all such actions into a single district for pretrial management. The Panel is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Representative Duties
The Chief Deputy Clerk will exercise such administrative powers and perform such duties as may be delegated by the Clerk of the Panel and the Panel Executive, including but not limited to the following:
  • Manage and assign staff responsible for the processing of multidistrict litigations;
  • Manage and oversee case management and case filing;
  • Work closely with the Clerk of the Panel, Panel Executive, managers and other staff to develop, implement, and refine Panel Rules of Procedure, office policies, procedures, and programs to enhance productivity;
  • Assist with development and implementation of policies for property management and procurement of goods and services;
  • Advise attorneys on procedural matters related to the filing of motions and pleadings;
  • Interact with district courts throughout the nation to advise on Panel procedures and the efficient and orderly transfer of cases between district courts;
  • Assist with development, administration, execution and monitoring of the budget and spending plan;
  • Conduct specialized studies as directed. Prepare comprehensive memoranda, reports, correspondence, administrative orders, etc.;
  • Analyze the overall flow of multidistrict litigation filings to ensure efficiency and conduct periodic internal management and fiscal reviews;
  • Select or recommend selection of subordinate supervisors. Recommend personnel action concerning subordinates, and evaluate their performance;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Preferred Experience
  • Desired attributes include familiarity with Panel practice.
  • Prior managerial experience in the federal judiciary, including operational knowledge of the courts and CM/ECF/information technology.
  • Strong analytical, written and oral communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including a working knowledge of networks.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Experience and tenure in leading teams and evaluating work processes and organizational impact.

  • Qualifications

    Qualifications Requirements
    To be qualified for appointment, a full-time, two-year commitment is required.

    Candidates must meet the following standards:

    Applicants must have 3 years of general experience and, in addition, must have 3 years of specialized experience, preferably with substantial management responsibility.

    General: Progressively responsible administrative, professional, technical or other responsible work which provided an opportunity to gain (a) a general knowledge of management practices and administrative processes, (b) skill in dealing with others in person-to-person work relationships and (c) the ability to exercise mature judgment.

    Specialized: Progressively responsible experience in administrative, supervisory, managerial, or professional work, which provided an opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, policies, and theories of management and court administration. Note: One year of the required specialized experience must have been at, or equivalent to, the next lower grade in the federal service.


    Educational/Experience Equivalents
    A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing is required. A graduate degree in law, public, business, or court administration or other applicable field is preferred. A postgraduate degree in law, or public, business or judicial administration from such a college or university may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to three years of the required general experience.

    Additional information

    Pay System and Benefits
    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation falls within the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. Panel employees are "Excepted Service Appointments". Excepted Service Appointments are "At-Will" and can be terminated with or without cause by the Panel at any time. Federal Government Civil Service classifications or regulations do not apply. This position is classified under the Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP). Panel employees are subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

    Full-time employees are eligible for a full range of benefits such as paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement benefits that include a defined contribution program and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). TSP is a 401(k) equivalent program that includes matching contributions. Additional benefits include health and life insurance, disability and long-term care insurance, dental and vision insurance, a Flexible Benefits Program which includes medical and dependent care reimbursement, and transit subsidy program. Appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.

    Background Check
    An incumbent will be considered provisional pending successful completion of a ten-year full-field OPM background investigation. Every five years, thereafter, the position requires an updated investigation. Employees must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which is available upon request.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Please see the "Next steps" section.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Please read the "How To Apply" section.

    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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