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Current Job Opportunity


February 22, 2019

Closing Date

April 19, 2019

Position Number


Position Title

Trial Court Administrator

Job Location

Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Sarasota, Florida

Salary Range

Monthly salary (non-negotiable): $10,000 ($120,000 annually)

Job Description

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Trial Court Administrator (TCA) to oversee all administrative matters of the court. The TCA reports directly to the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit but is responsible to all the judges in the circuit. The essential function of the position is to direct and manage operations, programs and services within the circuit. The TCA is responsible for staff supervision, strategic planning, developing and implementing policies and procedures, developing and administering budgets, managing court facilities, and other related administrative functions in support of the judiciary.

Examples of work performed:

In conjunction with the Chief Judge, directs all administrative functions of the Twelfth Circuit Court. The Trial Court Administrator is a leadership position in this circuit and, as such, develops and maintains relationships with various agencies and entities.

Directs court programs and services, ensuring compliance with applicable policies, procedures, regulations and statutes.

Supervises staff, including establishing staffing standards, organizing, selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining and terminating; prepares periodic employee evaluations.

Develops policies and procedures in consultation with senior management to ensure efficient and economical organizational operations; evaluates results to ensure compliance with regulations and to identify deficiencies.

Collaborates with senior management to develop strategic plans and capital projects; oversees and coordinates implementation of plans to ensure adherence to organizational standards, policy and procedures, and to make adjustments as needed.

Liaisons with other court-involved agencies, e.g., clerks of court, state attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs, county commissions, bar associations, etc.

Develops, presents and defends state and county budget requirements; oversees fiscal activity to ensure proper accounting controls and to review and approve expenditures.

Negotiates and binds the circuit in contracts and oral and written agreements.

Supervises information technology to ensure provision of useful systems and to increase productivity; oversees website development, maintenance and support.

Oversees facility management, including facility security, construction and/or reconstruction, and maintenance of facility.

Manages administrative matters, such as preparing complex reports or correspondence, conducting special studies or research, developing and administering training, or providing for staff technical or professional growth.

Liaisons with public and private agencies regarding organizational programs and services; supervises communication to promote the judicial branch and coordinates media relations.

Serves on various commissions or committees as appointed by the Chief Justice (state) or Chief Judge (local).

Attends and/or conducts staff, board, committee, task force and other professional meetings and conferences to exchange information; attends technical or professional seminars tor conferences to improve professional skills.

Education and Training Guidelines

Bachelor’s degree in public, business or judicial administration, law or a closely related field. A juris doctorate or master’s degree is preferred.

Five years of related supervisory experience, including extensive knowledge of the Florida State Courts System.

The Trial Court Administrator will also have the ability to effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization orally and in writing, analyze information, recommend appropriate actions, establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the circuit, including with state and local government agencies.

Special Comments

Application deadline: April 19, 2019

Position available: December 1, 2019

Finalists will be contacted to schedule an interview by May 3, 2019.

Interviews will take place the week of May 13, 2019.

In person interviews are preferred. Skype interviews may be available for out-of-state finalists.

*Candidates are encouraged to denote any potential scheduling conflicts in their application materials.

How to Apply

Email (preferred), fax or mail resume, cover letter and completed State of Florida Application at

Tiffany Hammill, Human Resources Manager
Court Administration
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application or selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.