District Court Administrator

State of Iowa   •  

Council Bluffs, IA

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 38 days ago

Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Judicial Branch. Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

Serving the people of Iowa, the Iowa Judicial Branch is dedicated to our mission... "The Iowa Judicial Branch dedicates itself to providing independent and accessible forums for the fair and prompt resolution of disputes, administering justice under law equally to all persons." To learn more about the Iowa Judicial Branch and our career opportunities please visit our career page located at www.iowacourts.gov or copy this link into an internet browser www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/career-opportunities/

The Iowa Judicial Branch is looking to fill a District Court Administrator to assist the state. District Court Administrator is in the Pottawattamie County Courthouse, Council Bluffs, Iowa. The District Court Administrator is administratively responsible for operations, programs, policies and personnel in the judicial district.

Under direction of the Chief District Judge, this position is responsible for performing administrative duties enumerated in the Iowa Code and as assigned by the court or directed by the State Court Administrator. This leadership role ensures the judicial district achieves its goals and carries out its constitutional and statutory duties while operating Iowa's unified court system efficiently and effectively.


Leadership and Management:

  • Coordinate with the chief district judge, state court administrator, judicial administrative committee and judicial policymakers on the formulation and implementation of standards, priorities, goals, and objectives for the judicial branch
  • Examine and recommend improvements in the methods, procedures and administrative systems used by the courts and clerks of courts
  • Oversees and supervises case assignment, case flow management, and jury management programs
  • Collects statistical and other data on the operation of the courts and produce reports on the work of the judicial branch
  • Manages a staff engaged in overall court administration and may be designated by chief judge to assist in the management of clerks of court, judicial specialists, court reporters, juvenile court officers and specialists
  • Evaluates caseload statistics and makes recommendations to the chief judge for reallocating judicial resources to improve court efficiency
  • Serves on local and state-wide committees, task forces, and commissions as directed by the chief justice or state court administrator
  • Manages large and complex projects from conception to completion
  • Demonstrates a willingness to innovate and embrace change


  • Prepares, monitors and meets the judicial district annual budget
  • Recommends, establishes and implements uniform rules and policies governing recordkeeping, fiscal management and other business practices
  • Administers and coordinates the use of funds appropriated to the judicial district to support various initiatives
  • Technology:
  • Utilizes and considers on-going enhancements of the electronic data management system (EDMS)
  • Continues the modernization of court technology by recognizing the development, maintenance and support needs of robust enterprise-level systems
  • Capitalizes on innovations in information technology to promote continuous improvement of the administrative operations of judicial district court administration and leverages new and enhanced best practices.
  • Human Resources & Management:
  • Administers uniform personnel policy and procedures
  • In collaboration with the State Court Administrator's human resources division, provides general consultation to management and employees onmanagement principles, employee relations and labor relations
  • Assists the human resource division with attraction, recruitment, evaluation and selection of qualified candidates
  • Ensures proper alignment of human resources to support efficient court operations and administration across the judicial district
  • Maintains adherence to labor agreements and participates in investigations and grievances
  • Works in coordination with the State Court Administrator's facilities leadership and county government to provide a safe and productive work place
  • Considers workplace enhancements to encourage employee training, development and retention
  • Manages performance expectations and conducts routine staff meetings and annual evaluations for direct reports
  • Education and Training:
  • Participates and leads various programs, conference session development and initiatives related to training and development, career advancement, and succession planning
  • Coordinates with State Court Administrator's judicial education division on identifying training needs for judicial district employees

Advocacy & Public Relations:

  • Represent the judicial branch with integrity
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with the Iowa Legislature, the executive branch, the bar, private agencies, other public governmental organizations, Congress, community groups and the news media
  • Participates in interviews with news media as directed
  • Treats co-workers, direct reports, court users/participants, and members of the public, courteously and impartially regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, or socio-economic status.

Judicial Branch Position Number: D4 13032-001Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university, in business, management, public administration or related area of study is required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience in a highly responsible administrative capacity with a court, government agency or in business management, two years of which should have included the supervision and management of others is required.
  • Advanced degree in court administration, public administration. Business administration, or law is preferred.



$90K - $129K