UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Position Title: Clerk of Court – Vacancy # A21-4
Location: Wichita, Topeka, or Kansas City, Kansas
Opening Date: April 1, 2021
Closes: June 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CST
Salary Range: JSP 16/1 – 17/1, $151,741 – 174,271 *Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and based upon Judicial Salary Plan (JSP) guidelines. Advanced in step placement up to JSP 17/10, $183,300 may be available for current or prior federal employees.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we value diversity in our workforce.
The United States District Court for the District of Kansas is seeking a dynamic, inspiring, and effective leader for the position of Clerk of Court. This is an executive-level management position, responsible for the non-judicial operational and administrative management of the Court. The Clerk of Court provides leadership and direction to the operations staff members of the Clerk’s Office, while driving initiatives like diversity, inclusion, innovation, public education, community outreach, and integrity in its mission to fairly administer justice.
The District of Kansas covers the entire State of Kansas, with courthouses in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas. The office serves ten U.S. District Judges (active and senior), and five Magistrate Judges. The Clerk of Court, a Court Unit Executive, serves under the direction of the Chief District Judge and is responsible for performing the statutory duties of the Office of the Clerk pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §751. The Clerk of Court consults with and makes recommendations to the judges on matters including court policy, rules and procedure, juror utilization, management of the Pro Se Staff Attorneys, and oversight of the Bench Bar fund.
The District of Kansas is a Shared Administrative Services district. The Clerk of Court and Chief U.S. Probation Officer collaborate and lead the Shared Administrative Services group, exercising oversight over budget development and implementation, financial operations, information technology development and implementation, statistical analysis and reporting, human resources, procurement, and space and facilities projects and maintenance.
The Clerk of Court collaborates with other districts and with the Administrative Office on a national level. The Clerk of Court further acts as liaison and works cooperatively with other federal and local government and law enforcement agencies, bar groups, media representatives and the public.
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree in public, business, or court administration (or other related field) from an accredited college or university.
- Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in an administrative, professional, or technical position that required thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of organization and human resources management.* Three (3) of the years must have been in a position with substantial management or supervisory responsibility, preferably within a trial court setting.**
- Proven leadership skills that include an adaptable, engaging, and constructive communication style.
- Proven problem-solving abilities that demonstrate an ability to gather and analyze relevant data and work collaboratively with others.
- Ability to adapt to and lead changes in requirements and direction received from the Court.
- A strong interest in and commitment to the principles underlying the United States judicial system.
- Excellent written communication skills.
* A postgraduate degree in public, business or judicial administration from such a college or university may be substituted for one year of the required general experience. A degree from an accredited law school may be considered as qualifying for two years of the required general experience.
The successful applicant will possess an advanced degree or Juris Doctorate. An applicant with practice experience demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with court practice and procedure and court administration, preferably gained while serving in an official capacity for a federal or state trial court, is preferred.
**The active practice of law in either the public or private sector is a preferred qualification and a candidate may substitute said active practice on a year-to-year basis for the management or administrative experience requirement.
- 13 days paid vacation for each of the first three years
- 20 days paid vacation after three years, 26 days after 15 years
- 13 days paid sick leave
- 10 paid holidays
- Choice of healthcare coverage, including dental & vision coverage
- Life insurance options
- Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System
- Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (tax deferred retirement savings plan)
- Participation in the Long Term Care Insurance plan
- Participation in the Flexible Benefits Program
- Free parking
- Free onsite fitness center
To apply for this position, please submit the following items combined into a single, pdf document:
1) a cover letter which describes your tenets of successful leadership and management,
2) a resume, and
*current District of Kansas employees do not need to submit the AO 78 application form.
- Complete applications should be submitted by email to: HR@ksd.uscourts.gov
- The Application for Employment form is available on the Court=s website under the Forms/Employment Please note that there are separate forms for PC and Mac users.
- PLEASE NOTE: The subject line of the e-mail must include both the position title (Clerk of Court) and the position number KC21-4.
*** THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER ***
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. This position is subject to ongoing mandatory favorable background checks, which may include criminal fingerprint checks and credit histories. As an officer of the court, the Clerk of Court is subject to filing financial disclosure reports by Title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, amended by the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, Pub. L. No. 101-194, 103 Stat. 1716, 5 U.S.C. app. §§ 101-111 (the Act). The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Due to the volume of applications received, the Court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States Government.