Current Job Opportunity
February 1, 2014
Open Until Filled
Clerk – District Court
Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, Florida
The Clerk’s responsibilities are defined by article V, section 4(c) of the Florida Constitution, section 35.22 of Florida Statutes, and section 2.210(b) of Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.
The Clerk serves at the pleasure of the Court’s Judges and works under the Chief Judge’s supervision in the day-to-day management and operation of the Clerk’s office, pursuant to policies adopted by the Judges. The position of clerk requires oversight of the receipt and processing of documents, including the filing of pleadings, briefs, opinions, and related original documents in the court. The Clerk must organize and manage a staff of deputy clerks to accomplish this function. The Clerk also determines action on certain jurisdictional questions, and gives direction on the entry of court orders pertaining to various procedural motions and pleadings. The Clerk works to improve case management processes and other internal procedures through information technology. The Clerk works independently and will be required to provide reports to the Chief Judge and to the Court.
Operation and Management of The Office of Clerk:
- Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the operations of the Office of Clerk of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
- Recruit, select, supervise, train, manage and evaluate deputy clerks of court and other professionals. Ensure compliance with policy, procedures, laws and appellate rules for areas of responsibility. Perform and manage clerical function and interpret policy for staff as required.
- Promulgate policies and procedures for the efficient coordination, management and flow of all filings, pleadings, dockets, issuance of court orders and opinions including the determination of action needed on jurisdictional questions and issues.
- Monitor and prepare reports and compilation of statistics pertaining to the receipt, processing, documenting and filing of pleadings, briefs, opinions and related documents submitted to or originated by the Court.
- Interact with and provide information to Judges, other court personnel, trial clerks of courts within the Fourth District, members of the Florida Bar and their staff and the general public.
Information Technology Support:
- Provide strategic leadership to the Fourth District Court of Appeal and assist the Court in designing, testing, implementing, managing, maintaining and enhancing information technology operational needs.
- Supervise, train, manage and evaluate subordinates and direct tactical strategies concerning information technology.
- Manage the Court’s website content.
- Develop technology solutions for Court Communications, such as communications through social media and other web-based communications.
Education and Training Guidelines
- Juris Doctorate or other advanced degree in a field of management such as public administration.
- Five years or more of extensive experience in a senior management position in court management or court administration can substitute for a law degree or advanced degree in field of management.
- Extensive experience in supervising personnel.
- Membership in the Florida Bar is highly desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of web-based applications required.
- Knowledge of Windows Operating System and programs required.
- Knowledge of methods of legal research preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in conducting administrative studies and analysis of problems.
- Experience in legal writing including the drafting of orders preferred.
- Ability to organize, supervise, coordinate and manage the activities of staff engaged in a variety of appellate court administrative activities including information technology.
- Ability to express ideas on complex subjects clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- Ability to bring the benefits of technology, in broad disciplines, to solve issues and create an environment of collaboration and support for technology vision.
- Ability to establish priorities, produce deliverables under tight deadlines and work well with others.
- Ability to utilize social media to communicate with public, including communication and contact with outside groups on behalf of the Court.
- Ability to conduct Court business with integrity and confidentiality.
Finalists under consideration for this position will be subject to a satisfactory background check which includes, but is not limited to, criminal background check, credit history, fingerprinting, and references check
How to Apply
Submit a current State of Florida application, a resume with references, and a writing sample to:
Daniel DiGiacomo, Marshal
Fourth District Court of Appeal
1525 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Application packages by email or fax will not be accepted. State of Florida applications are available at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, or by accessing the web site: www.flcourts.org.
IF YOU NEED AN ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE APPLICATION/SELECTION PROCESS, PLEASE CALL (561) 242-2111 IN ADVANCE.
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