Chief Deputy of Administration

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 15 - 16
Salary Range: 
$158,200 - $195,000
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Closing Date: 
OPEN UNTIL FILLED with first consideration given to applications submitted by close of business September 29, 2023
Estimated Start Date: 
May 2024
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court for the Central District of California is the nation’s largest federal trial court, serving seven counties and a population of approximately 19.6 million people, more than 50 percent of the entire population of the State of California.  The District has three divisional offices located in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside, 28 authorized district judgeships, 9 senior judges, 24 magistrate judges, and 1 part-time magistrate judge in Santa Barbara. The position will become available in May 2024.

The Chief Deputy of Administration provides services for more than 500 employees, including judges, Chambers staff, Clerk’s Office staff, and Probation and Pretrial Services Office staff.  The Probation and Pretrial Services Office has shared administrative services with the District Court and alone has over 260 employees, including officers and administrative staff, across 11 office locations throughout the District.

The Chief Deputy of Administration is a member of the senior management team reporting directly to the Clerk of Court. The Chief Deputy of Administration advises the Clerk of Court on policy matters; is responsible for day to day management of the Court’s administrative functions, establishes and maintains relationships with other court units and governmental agencies; develops organizational goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines; with the assistance of fellow senior management and/or subordinate supervisory staff, effectuates the policies and priorities of the office as established by the Court and the Clerk; evaluates performance; establishes standards; and makes recommendations for improvement to existing policies and procedures.  The Chief Deputy of Administration also serves as one of the Court’s Certifying Officers.

The Chief Deputy of Administration provides primary oversight of the following areas:  human resources; space and facilities; financial services (including procurement); information technology; emergency preparedness and security; internal controls and audits; and training. The Chief Deputy of Administration manages the Attorney Admissions Fund and serves as lead staff to their Board.  The Chief Deputy of Administration supervises staff assigned to support the following judicial committees:  Space Committee, IT Committee; and Judicial Security Committee. The Chief Deputy of Administration is also responsible for providing financial statements to the senior management team. The Chief Deputy of Administration makes oral presentations and prepares comprehensive memoranda, reports, correspondence, and other written communications.  Limited travel will also be required.

Duties may require working during non-business hours.


Five years of progressively responsible administrative, supervisory, managerial or professional work in two or more of the business departments to be supervised is desired.  Experience managing and initiating information technology solutions for financial management, payroll processing, accounting, and facility project management is highly desirable. Previous experience or education in HR principles and practices a plus. Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills, organizational and problem-solving skills, strong leadership and management qualities, ability to lead with vison and integrity, and a desire to achieve and maintain a high level of professional excellence.  Managerial experience in a court environment is desirable, but not required.

Educational Requirements: 

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business or related field is desirable.

  • United States District Court employees are entitled to federal benefits such as:  a defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; eleven paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, and long-term care. 
  • Mandatory direct deposit.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees that utilize public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options.  Reimbursement for travel to in-person training and professional conferences may be available, funds permitting.
  • Federal court employees can pursue on-line certificate and degree programs in judicial administration through Michigan State University, partially subsidized, funds permitting.
  • Federal court employees are eligible to join, at their expense, the Federal Court Clerks Association, a national, professional court organization founded in 1922.
Information for Applicants: 

Must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident with authorization to work in the United States who is currently seeking U.S. citizenship or intending to become a U.S. citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check.  The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for employees.  The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website:


Applications should be submitted to Documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and the email should reference the vacancy number. Complete applications must include the following:

1. a cover letter;

2. a resume; and

3. an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed. Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.  Unfortunately, the Court is unable to reimburse applicants for any travel or parking costs.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer