$3,000 hiring bonus to join the Judicial Branch! The Judicial Branch is a state-funded Branch of Government that offers medical/dental/vision, $20,000 free basic life insurance, state-matched 156% retirement plan, 13 paid holidays, earned paid vacation and sick leave, tuition reimbursement and more.
The Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is currently accepting applications for a full-time Clerk of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Clerk performs highly responsible administrative and managerial work with responsibility for the oversight of all Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records. In addition, the Clerk contributes to managing the caseload of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as several additional duties for which the clerk is responsible by virtue of provisions in the Nebraska Constitution, statutes, or court rules. The day-to-day administrative duties of the Clerk include handling inquiries and procedural requests from attorneys throughout the state, managing the scheduling of cases, maintaining files in each case before the Court, receiving and disposing of fees related to those cases. The Clerk of the Supreme Court directs all activities of the divisions in the office in accepting, filing, preserving, and providing access to all records of the appellate courts. The Clerk establishes methods and systems for workloads, work assignments and reviews the work of subordinates. Researches and incorporates computer programs and other technological advances to enable the office to operate in an increasingly efficient manner. Develops procedures and projects that improve the efficiency of the office operations. Oversees the journalizing and record retention of all Supreme Court administrative matters including the passage and amendment of Supreme Court Rules.
Work involves public contact with attorneys, trial court staff, judges, the public, and agencies dealing with the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on cases or other administrative matters. Supervision is exercised over a staff in the Clerk’s Office. Work is performed under direction of the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Notifies the Supreme Court of changes in regulations or legislation impacting the work of the Supreme Court Clerk.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Accepts and files original actions, and judicial qualification matters. Also accepts appeals from the district courts, county courts, juvenile courts, Workers' Compensation Court, as well as other agencies as authorized by statute. Indexes and journalizes actions as reflected in the Courts' consultation minutes. Schedules appeals for oral arguments via monthly Calls and Proposed Calls of the Courts. Reviews and oversees release of opinions of the Courts. Coordinates the solicitation of volunteers, preparation of ballots and compilation of results regarding attorney members of Judicial Nominating Commissions pursuant to provisions of Nebraska statutes. Also makes recommendations to the Supreme Court regarding chairmanships. Keeps the records, handles filings, and motions, submits matters to the Courts for decision via the Call, motion synopsis, or assignment of other matters for reports. Enters dispositional entries and oversees the notification process of all the Courts' rulings. Handles and accounts for funds received in connection with the various functions of the Clerk's Office. Compiles monthly reports to Nebraska Retirement System regarding judges' retirement funds. Carries out statutory duties related to death penalty cases, judicial nominating panels and other special review panels as required by state statutes. Supervises the deputy clerk(s) and other staff with regard to office management and division of workload and is available to review and sign items prepared by personnel in the office. Frequently handles attorney inquiries, particularly those of a non-routine nature. Determines when matters need to be decided by the Court and arranges to present such matters to the Court. Develops technological alternatives for keeping the records of the court and compiling statistical reports. Works with the Reporter of Decisions, the deputy clerk(s), other staff, and Records Management on questions concerning the court records. Evaluates personnel performance and takes appropriate action on personnel matters in the Clerk's office. Acts as a liaison between the Court and several agencies, offices, or groups of people. This would include the public, lawyers, the press, the library, district courts, Bar Association, and other agencies. Works closely with the Chief Justice and Chief Judge on administrative matters in the Clerk's area of responsibility. Coordinates with the Reporter and the State Court Administrator on matters of mutual concern. Develops budget requests. Oversees office automation, e-filings and the SCCALES operating system, and other similar systems. Performs other related duties as required.
HIRING RATE: $94,523.81 to $136,898.94 per year; Initial Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Apply as soon as possible; applications will close when the position is filled.
The Judicial Branch values our employees as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We recruit, hire, train and promote in all job qualifications at all levels without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetics. The Judicial Branch complies with Veterans Preference Laws.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctorate.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Qualifications plus; MBA in business or public administration or a related field or work experiences with emphasis on business and/or technology; previous management and supervisory experience; extensive knowledge of the Court system; strong automation and technology background.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough understanding of methods of supervision, public relations, administrative analysis, and employee relations. Knowledge of the Nebraska judicial system, the organization of Nebraska state governments, rules promulgated by the Supreme Court, and the laws governing appeals. Knowledge of technology including ability to utilize sophisticated computer software programs and analyze needed hardware and programs. Preference will be given to applicants familiar with the appellate courts' SCCALES e-filing system, the judicial branch JUSTICE system and/or Excel and ACCESS software. Requires subject matter expertise with PDF software applications such as Adobe and Foxit. Ability to apply professional knowledge methods and techniques to management problems. Ability to implement decisions effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with personnel at all levels. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Must have the ability to create and organize processes and systems; prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects at once. A high degree of attention to detail is paramount for this position.