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Court Administrator

Apr 23, 2019
City of Edmonds
POSITION PURPOSE: Under the supervision and direction of the presiding judge, directs, administers and manages the development and oversight of the operations and services of the Court; manages programs, staff and general administrative functions of the court office including policies, procedures and annual Court budget; oversees jury utilization, probation department, case flow management, records management and equipment; researches and prepares detailed reports and statistical analysis; regularly monitors budget and carries out accounting-related tasks while applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. 
• Plans, directs, and coordinates the work of assigned staff.
• Assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects and programs; provides constructive feedback.
• Reviews and evaluates staff work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.
• Provides backup for clerks and probation duties as needed.
• Supervises, coaches, trains and motivates staff and coordinates and/or provides staff training and team building.
• Directs the employment and hiring process and employee relations.
• Manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the department and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary.
• Provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements and/or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.
• Develops, administers, maintains, and oversees the annual budget, outside funding, revenues and sustainable funding models for the Department, Capital Improvement Program and Capital Facilities Program.
• Makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
• Recommends efficiencies to keep costs within established financial guidelines and approves department expenditures and implements adjustments.
• Directs and manages the programs and services of the Court ensuring compliance with applicable procedures, policy, regulations and statutes.
• Develops policies and procedures in consultation with the presiding judge to ensure efficient and professional operations.   
• Collaborates with the presiding judge to develop strategic plans and projects and directs and oversees the implementation of plans to ensure adherence to Washington State’s judicial standards, regulations and statutes.
• Oversees and manages the use of the Washington State Judicial Information System (JIS) to increase productivity and efficiency.
• Directs and manages court website development and maintenance.
• Serves as a liaison to public and private agencies regarding judicial programs and services and manages communications and media relations related to the municipal court.
• Serves as the liaison officer communicating with Washington State auditors and representatives; establishes and maintains working relationships with judges, attorneys, public defenders, clerks, bank representatives, judicial commissions, other state agencies and the public.
• Directs Department operations to maintain effective and efficient programs.
• Assures compliance and accountability with federal, state, and local regulations, policies and procedures and develops action plans and metrics.
• Analyzes operational results and assures the effective allocation and utilization of resources.
• Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees.
• Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings.
• Maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment and incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively.
• Reviews defendant case records and assures accuracy of documents; oversees the maintenance, retention and disclosure of records and documents; reviews statistical and monthly caseload reports.
• Communicates with other City administrators, personnel and outside organizations to obtain legal interpretations and develop schedules; coordinates activities and programs, resolves issues and conflicts and exchanges information.
• Participates in continuing education and development in the court business areas identified by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) as core competencies.
• Participates in continuing education and development related to leadership and management. 
Required Knowledge of:
• The concepts of the rule of law and other court-developed processes, including the essential elements of due process of law in both civil and criminal cases.
• Legal terminology, codes and processes by which the law is developed.
• Concepts of equal protection, venue; various types of jurisdictions.
• Processes and procedures used in courts to resolve disputes, types of cases and knowledge of civil and criminal procedures and different burdens of proof.
• Structure, organization and inter-relationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions.
• Financial accounting GAAP and reporting procedures as required by statute.
• Effective oral and written communication principles and practices to include public relations and public speaking.
• Program/project management techniques and principles.
• Research methods, report preparation and presentation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications that include but are not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and statistical databases.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Principles of business letter writing.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration. 

Supervisory and training principles, best management practices, methods and techniques:
Required Skill in:
• Planning, organizing and managing the programs and services related to a municipal court.
• Understanding the purposes and responsibilities of the court system.
• Navigating and understanding the information sources within the Washington State Judicial Information System (JIS).
• Assisting court officials and others to understand their roles in the larger justice system and how they affect others and decisions made.
• Developing and administering program goals and objectives; implementing initiatives and recommendations in support of department and City goals.
• Responding to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the general public.
• Exercising initiative and independent judgment within legal statutes and City guidelines and assures efficient and accurate implementation of procedures and policies.
• Utilizing personal computer software programs and other relevant software affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets. 
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public. 
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them.
• Maintaining confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
• Applying program/project management techniques and principles.
• Preparing comprehensive narrative and statistical reports.
• Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs and schedules.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing, including public relations and public speaking.
• Supervising, leading, coaching and using best management practices to improve staff performance; delegating tasks and workload assignments.  
Education and Experience:
• Associates Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice or related field; and
• Five years’ total experience that must include an equivalent combination of the following:
      o Two years of Court Administration experience.
      o Two years of staff supervisory responsibility.
      o Three years of budgetary responsibility that includes budget preparation and management for a court, organizational department or division. 
Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may also be considered.   
Required Licenses or Certifications:
• Valid State of Washington Driver’s License
• Certification in the Court Management Program (CMP), offered through the National Association for Court Management, is preferred
• Other certifications and licenses may be required to be obtained within a specified period of time after hire
• Must be able to successfully complete and pass background check. 

• Experience working with Laserfiche
• Experience working in or transitioning to a paperless environment
• Demonstrated desire in learning and applying new technology
• Experience working in a union environment 
• Office and courtroom environment
• Constant interruptions
• Quickly changing priorities and demands. 
Physical Abilities:
• Hearing, speaking or otherwise communicating to exchange information in person and on the telephone.
• Operating a computer keyboard or other office equipment.
• Reading and understanding a variety of materials.
• Bending at the waist, kneeling, crouching, reaching above shoulders and horizontally or otherwise positioning oneself to accomplish tasks.
• Sitting or otherwise remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
• Lifting/carrying or otherwise moving or transporting up to 10lbs. 
• Contact with angry and/or dissatisfied customers. 
• Possible exposure to communicable diseases and illness from defendants and others in the courtroom and court office. 


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