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18 Aug 2021

Full-Time Attorney Advisor – Posted by San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

$89,894 to $146,158 (CL 29)*

San Francisco, CA

Do you possess excellent communication and critical thinking skills? Can you stay cool under pressure? Are you highly motivated and looking to work with a top-notch team? If you are interested in a position that supports the federal judiciary’s mission of ensuring equal justice under the law, come join our talented and diverse team at the Office of the Circuit Executive!

About the Office

The Office of the Circuit Executive (OCE) serves the 9th Judicial Circuit of United States. It is the largest federal circuit in the country, comprising nine western states and two territories. The Office serves the Court of Appeals as well as the District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Probation and Pretrial Offices, and Federal Public Defenders.

The OCE was created by statute to provide professional administrative staffing to circuit councils, which are composed primarily of judges engaged full-time in deciding cases. The OCE provides administrative support to the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and its various committees. It also provides direct services to all the judicial court units in the Circuit. All OCE responsibilities flow from directives of the Judicial Council or the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. The OCE is organized around the council’s core functions.

The OCE is committed to providing professional support to the judicial council and courts of the Ninth Circuit and ensuring the highest level of public trust in the administration of justice. This support includes identifying needs, conducting studies, proactively developing and implementing innovative policies, providing training, public information and human resources support, coordinating building and IT projects, and advising the council on procedural and ethical matters.

We aspire to create an environment of mutual respect and collaboration, and to cultivate a culture of acceptance and connectedness that honors the diverse backgrounds of the people who live in the Ninth Circuit.

About the Role

The Attorney Advisor reports to the Assistant Circuit Executive (ACE) for Operations, Policy, and Legal Affairs and assists the ACE in performing legal and administrative support to the Chief Circuit Judge, the Circuit Executive, as well as the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council and its various committees.

Representative Duties

  • Provide staff support to various Judicial Council Committees, which includes, among other things, organizing agenda and supporting material, making presentations on policy issues, assisting with the coordination of meetings, preparing agendas, serving as meeting secretary, preparing materials, and taking and distributing meeting minutes.
  • Organize biannual conferences for Judicial Committees.
  • Administer and assist in planning the agendas of educational meetings and training programs to implement judicial council policies.
  • Track legislation affecting the courts.
  • Prepare legal documents and executive correspondence for review and signature by the Circuit Executive or designee. Compose non-routine documents that require substantial legal research and analysis. Review legal documents submitted to the court for completeness and accuracy. Proofreads documents and checks citations before submission to executives.
  • Draft documents, procedural manuals, and correspondence. Participate in and provides follow-up on significant special projects, making recommendations, as appropriate.
  • Research and provide guidance to judges and judicial employees on issues of ethics and court administration.
  • Occasionally conduct research and investigate complaints of judicial misconduct in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §§ 351-364. Prepares draft disposition orders for the Chief Judge through the ACE.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree (or equivalent) from a law school that has been accredited by a recognized accrediting authority, and admission to practice before the highest court of a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession of the United States.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in policy, court procedure, and court rule analysis, or a related area. This experience must demonstrate the ability to gather, research, organize and analyze data/information and to prepare concise, readable reports. Previous state or federal court employment or internship experience helpful.
  • Advanced capability to:
  • Work with committees effectively by planning and scheduling work according to committee deadlines. Communicate effectively with judges, managers, executives, Administrative Office personnel, the bar, the public, and court staff.
  • Plan, manage, and coordinate meetings and programs.
  • Request and/or explain program information.
  • Synthesizing the results off legal research and conveying those results (orally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner.
  • Accurately performing complex work with minimal supervision.
  • Consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.

Total Rewards and Work-Life Balance

Salary*: Depending on qualifications and experience, $89,894 to $146,158 (CL 29)

Time off: 13 days of paid vacation for the first three years, increasing with tenure thereafter,

13 sick days accrued per year, 11 paid holidays.

Benefits: Employer subsidized health and life insurance plans. Dental, vision, flexible spending account, and long-term care plans available. Employer sponsored pension plan and supplemental retirement contribution plans with employer match.

Other Perks: Telework opportunities; eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; public transit subsidy; alternate work schedules; reasonable work hours; on-site gym and café.

How to Apply

Please submit a PDF application packet through the Career Portal that includes:

1) cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience performing the representative duties, and

2) current resume.

Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Next Steps

Priority given to applications received by August 30, 2021

Tentative interview dates:

  • Initial interviews: week of August 30, 2021. [Video conference interviews available],

Position open until filled.

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. Successful applicants are provisionally hired pending results of background investigation and fingerprinting. Positions with the U.S. Courts are at-will, excepted service appointments, and may be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Direct deposit of pay required.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, for any reason including, but not limited to, budgetary issues. Said modifications may occur without prior written or other notice.

Equity Focused Employer

We value diversity and are committed to equity and inclusion in our workplace. The OCE encourages applications from all qualified individuals and seeks a diverse pool of applicants in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstance.

How to Apply

Job Types: Full-Time.

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