Director, Human Resources

Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The incumbent reports to the Deputy Executive Officer and serves as human resources adviser to the judges of the D.C. Courts of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court, Executive Officer, Clerks of the Courts, Division Heads and other operating officials. The Director of Human Resources exercises wide latitude of independent judgment and initiative in developing, executing, and directing the operations of a comprehensive human capital management program and systems.

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The Human Resources Director plans, develops, coordinates and administers the services, policies, and programs comprising an effective and full service human resources management program. The incumbent supervises and directs the following human resource functions: (1) Talent Acquisition and Placement, (2) Workforce Management, (3) Policy Development, (4) Employee Relations, (5) Payroll, (6) Management Analysis, (7) Human Resources Information Systems, and (8) Benefits Administration.

  • Serves as the principal technical and policy advisor to the judges of the D.C. Courts of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court, Executive Officer, Clerks of the Courts, Division Heads and other operating officials.
  • Creates and executes strategies and programs to enhance the recruitment and placement of a skilled and diverse workforce. Utilizes new technologies to attract, develop and retain a skilled, diverse and high achieving workforce.
  • Serves as a facilitator of strategic human resource planning, organizational change and transition management with the expectation of improved and efficient work processes and practices, cost savings, and collaboration between units. Functions in a manner that facilitates high level decision-making while emphasizing positive communications and program effectiveness.
  • Develops and communicates personnel policies and procedures, ensuring the alignment with the Courts' principles and core values as well as compliance with applicable District and Federal laws.
  • Leads Human Resource technology efforts by advocating and utilizing reliable, accountable, client-based and user-friendly Human Resources information systems. Provides strategic leadership for the development of data analytic capabilities to support continuous improvement.
  • Develops performance management systems that promote accountability, provide support and feedback, and recognize employee performance and achievement.
  • Provides overall direction in the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Division, including setting priorities to meet the overall Human Resources goals. Establishes the vision and direction for the full complement of core human resources programs, policies and services to support the D.C. Courts' mission.
  • Oversees the administration of benefit programs for Judicial Officers and employees of the DC Courts.

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 three (3) 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 human resources management, business or public administration, court management, or a related field; six (6) years of management experience in a business, public service agency, court or legal environment and at least three (3) years of experience as a senior level manager.

An advanced degree 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.

The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

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 three (3) 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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