Director of Information Technology

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 31
Salary Range: 
$126,794 - $183,500
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Closing Date: 
Open until filled with preference given to applications received by November 26, 2023
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The Information Technology department of the United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the Central District of California is currently seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Information Technology. As the Director of Information Technology, you will play a pivotal role in leading the Court's technological initiatives and ensuring smooth operations across all aspects of our information systems.


  • Leadership and Management: A leader who excels in guiding and inspiring teams. Strong leadership skills will be essential in overseeing major IT initiatives, setting strategic goals, and driving innovation within the Court.
  • Technical Expertise: A well-versed IT professional who brings a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of information technology. Expertise in evaluating and implementing cutting-edge solutions that align with the Court's needs and goals.
  • Team Supervision and Development: Responsible for the supervision, mentoring, training, and administrative oversight of our dedicated IT staff members. Ability to foster a collaborative and supportive work environment ensuring the team’s professional growth and success.
  • Reporting and Collaboration: Reporting directly to the Chief Deputy of Administration, serve as a vital link between our IT department and senior management. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to enable effective collaboration with key stakeholders and ensure the alignment of technology initiatives with Court objectives.
  • District-wide Scope: The Central District of California encompasses three divisions, four courthouse locations, seven satellite offices, and a team of over 800 staff members. Flexibility and willingness to travel within or outside the district, attend meetings, conferences, or training, and visit divisional offices as needed are essential for success in this role.
Representative Responsibilities: 
  • Team Leadership and Performance Management: Directly supervise and hold accountable IT staff, ensuring high-quality work and providing day-to-day guidance and coaching. Monitor performance, set development goals, and recommend training opportunities for each team member.
  • IT Resource Integration and Policy Development: Provide managerial and technical oversight for the integration of IT technology resources within the District Court. Develop policies, conduct systems analysis, deliver end-user training, and oversee operational maintenance. Drive research and development efforts for innovative IT solutions.
  • Strategic IT Planning: Develop and recommend short and long-term improvement plans for information technology within the Clerk’s Office, Judicial staff, and the Probation and Pretrial Services staff. Advise leadership on IT needs, objectives, and capabilities, including anticipating future requirements and potential challenges. Coordinate with leadership to propose changes that enhance overall organizational capabilities and productivity.
  • Network and Application Support: Support and maintain the Wide Area Network (WAN), Local Area Network (LAN), Internet/Intranet, and national applications used by the Administrative Office. Coordinate help desk services and troubleshooting support for all court IT systems.
  • Budget Management: Develop budget justifications for IT equipment, upgrades, cyclical replacements, and day-to-day operations. Monitor and approve expenditures related to IT operations. Analyze and monitor the court's automation budget to ensure proper funding for information technology priorities.
  • Custom System Development: Develop specific system features to meet local needs, which may involve adapting national systems or creating new systems and programs for the court. Oversee routine testing of equipment, adapt software and documentation, and establish IT systems operating procedures.
  • Database Security and Continuity: Ensure the safety, security, reliability, and integrity of databases, including user access, off-site storage, and security procedures. Responsible for maintaining information operations continuity in the event of an emergency.
  • Collaboration and Strategic Alignment: Recommend and coordinate proposed changes to information technology with the management team to enhance the organization's overall capabilities and productivity. Coordinate with the Administrative Office of the Courts to implement national IT strategies. Interface with IT Committee members to provide guidance on judicial IT strategies.
  • IT Staff Recruitment and Selection: Oversee the recruitment and selection process of IT staff members, ensuring the selection of qualified professionals who align with the organization's IT goals and values.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Perform any other duties as assigned.
  • Specialized experience including progressive responsibilities, administrative, technical, professional, supervisory, or managerial experience.
  • Possess a sound knowledge of current information technology concepts, principles, and theories.
  • Strong problem solver who is results oriented with the ability to analyze, isolate, and resolve issues promptly.
  • Candidate must have an exceptional customer service attitude.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively and tactfully (orally and in writing) with people of diverse backgrounds, including judges, law enforcement personnel, court personnel, attorneys, offenders/defendants, and the general public, to provide information while complying with regulations, rules, and procedures and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Possess a comprehensive working knowledge of project management processes, methods, and techniques, as applied to information technology applications and support.
  • Candidate must exhibit professionalism, leadership, and vision when directing the planning, coordination, and integration of all IT functions.
  • Possess the skill set to effectively explain technical concepts to personnel with all levels of IT knowledge.
  • The successful candidate will consistently exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity, and display, at all times and to all persons, a courteous, professional, and cooperative attitude.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Experience leading a diverse group of IT professionals.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology, federal court processes and functions of the court.
  • Experience working in a court or with high level personnel.
  • Experience managing a substantial sized budget.
  • Experience working with outside contractors, vendors, and agencies.

If you are a results-oriented IT professional with a passion for leadership and a strong technical background, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity to join our team. When you join our organization, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the seamless delivery of IT services in one of the largest and most prestigious court districts in the United States. We are seeking a skilled and dedicated individual who can fulfill the responsibilities outlined above and make a meaningful impact on the court's technological landscape within the Central District of California. Take the next step in your career and be a part of our mission to provide efficient and effective IT services.

  • 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; ten paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who utilize public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
  • Federal court employees are eligible to join, the Federal Court Clerks Association, a national professional court organization founded in 1922.
Information for Applicants: 


  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. 
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.
  • The United States District Court 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