Director (Civil Division)

Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Director of the Civil Division serves at the pleasure of the Executive Officer and works under the general supervision of the Clerk of the Court for the Superior Court. The incumbent operates with full administrative and technical authority for directing the day-to-day operations of the Division, including administration, case management, courtroom support, and quality control.

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The position has general latitude to make policy management, budget management, and people management decisions for the Division within established and prescribed parameters

  • Manages overall operations of the Division by defining clear lines of protocol, authority, responsibility and accountability for all Division staff
  • Directly responsible for timely accomplishment of the strategies and objectives of the division to meet division management action plan (MAP) objectives and court strategic plan goals
  • Assesses efficacy of operations; identifies needs and initiates enhancements while keeping the Clerk of the Court informed
  • Tracks performance and prepares, submits and presents narrative and statistical reports of the division's activities to the Chief Judge, Executive Officer, Clerk of the Court, Judicial Officers and Performance Standards Committee
  • Prepares annual budget requests for the Division to request resources and ensures procurement of office logistics
  • Reviews and maintains current business processes, standard operating procedures, forms and other written materials for conformity with existing rules and guidelines
  • Reviews, analyzes and interprets pertinent District of Columbia Codes, United States Codes, decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and all applicable Federal Rules
  • Performs all responsibilities of a Division Director including staff supervision, performance management and participation in leadership trainings and meetings
  • Collaborates with judges, court executives and managers, attorneys, justice partner agencies, other government and non-profit agencies, and members of the public in an on-going effort to improve operations and identify and resolve problems
  • Ensures the fair, expeditious and efficient administration of justice to Division customers

The incumbent should be an 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Conferences and trainings

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background check is required.
  • This position is an Excepted Service appointment (at will).

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
4. List of professional references
5. Responses to the Court Executive Service Core Qualifications (CESCQ)

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in business or public administration, court management, criminal justice, human resources management, or related field; six (6) years of experience leading, developing, planning, and/or evaluating programs and at least three (3) years of experience managing and supervising people in a public service agency, court system or legal environment.

An advanced degree in the above subjects or related fields is preferred.

To qualify you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level leadership and management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Court Executive Service Core Qualifications (CESCQ) listed below and the duties associated with this position. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS/JS-15 grade level in the federal/DC Court service or its equivalent in the public/private sector. Candidates experience must have been at a high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the professional and executive, as well as program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined under the five CESCQ. Failure to meet the basic qualifications and address the CESCQ factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

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 is required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


To qualify based on education, upload a 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.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the basic qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or diploma)
4. List of professional references
5. Responses to the Court Executive Service Core Qualifications (CESCQ)

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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