Overview

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

The Judicial Services Office (JSO) provides support, services, and programs to address the needs and concerns of federal judges-Article III (court of appeals, district, and Court of International Trade), territorial district court, Court of Federal Claims, bankruptcy, and magistrate-and their staffs.

Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s website at http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/.

JSO serves as a liaison, consultant, advocate, and resource on matters that affect judges within the Administrative Office (AO) and with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), executive and legislative branches of the federal government, the public, and others.

The incumbent will serve as an attorney advisor in the Judicial Programs Division and will perform complex legal and policy research and analysis and provide attorney oversight of various programs for the Division. The ideal candidate will have a high-level knowledge of federal judicial administration and programs and strong legal writing skills. Additionally, the candidate must possess outstanding diplomacy, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and communication skills. The candidate must have experience working independently with minimal supervision as well working collaboratively with supervisors, colleagues, and external stakeholders.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Serving as an expert in administrative and Judicial Conference policy matters involving Article III, bankruptcy, magistrate, territorial district court, and Court of Federal Claims judges.
  2. Providing information, advice, and assistance to federal judges, chambers staff, court executives, court staff, and the public on a variety of legal, policy, and administrative matters impacting all federal judges.
  3. Providing attorney support for the New Chief Circuit, District, and Bankruptcy Judge Orientation Programs, Chief Judge Follow Up Programs, and the Judicial Nominee Orientation Programs.
  4. Managing and implementing the Judicial Conference’s intercircuit assignments, bankruptcy and magistrate judge recall, and temporary law clerk programs.
  5. Developing and updating publications and resources on www.uscourts.gov, the judiciary’s internet site, and the JNET, the judiciary’s intranet site.
  6. Performing bankruptcy and magistrate judgeship resource surveys, including the analysis of requests for temporary, new, and ongoing bankruptcy judge positions and new position and cyclical utilization reviews of magistrate judge positions.
  7. Serving as subject matter expert on chambers use of technology, including the Case Management Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF) and its Next Generation (NextGen)
  8. Developing, leading, and participating in orientation programs and briefings for judges and chambers staff on new and existing technology initiatives, including CM/ECF and NextGen.
  9. Working on other substantive and administrative activities related to the duties listed above.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Post J.D. Experience: Applicants must also possess at least three years of post J.D. experience.

Specialized Experience: Subsequent to graduation from law school, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience (preferably four or more) which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience for this position is demonstrated experience in federal judicial administration and programs, interpreting and analyzing complex legal and policy issues, as well overseeing the production of guidance and resource materials.

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