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King County seeks a new Superior Court Clerk
March 8, 2023 | Chinami Arai
Salary: $181,764.72 – $229,628.16 Annually
Location: Seattle, WA
Job Type: Appointed
Department: KCSC – Superior Court
Job Number: 2023-18028
Division: Administration
Closing: 3/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Job Duties
Establish the Department’s long-term vision, implement organizational strategic planning and goal setting, and develop annual and multi-year work plans and strategies to accomplish an annual work plan.Ensure expedient public access to court records per applicable laws and court rules; protect the records that are sealed and confidential per statute, court rule, and court order;  provide customer services to the public who contact the department daily through a variety of means. Represent King County in statewide associations of county officials and county clerks to assist with developing proposed legislation and coordinate practices to provide statewide consistency. Interact with state-level department representatives and state and county-wide elected officials across the state on various issues related to clerk duties.  Represent the Department of Judicial Administration/County Clerk in meetings with elected and/or appointed officials and other levels of court and county entities.

Direct court-related programs working with internal King County departments and stakeholders.

Develop and maintain a quality workforce to meet the Department’s mission and goals.

Develop and administer policies and procedures to ensure work is done efficiently and complying with relevant rules.

Direct the department’s fiscal operations, including grant and program funds and the operating budget. Develop, submit, and monitor departmental budget requests, and establish and maintain fiscal controls that conform to County standards. Manage the King County Superior Court Trust Fund by receiving, investing, distributing funds, and collecting fees and fines.

Oversee maintenance and the continuing upgrade of an enterprise system that manages the electronic records of court cases.

Develop and manage case-flow models, calendaring/scheduling formats for legal case hearings, statistical reporting instruments, and provide data and statistical reports.  Analyze causes of case delays and develop improved case calendaring methods and forecasting trends related to case filings and disposition.  Participate in policy development related to case management, scheduling, and proposed legislation at Washington State and County levels.

Provide leadership and direction to division directors, program managers, and staff members to ensure an efficient organization’s continued development and management. Direct the selection and development of departmental employees. Set performance standards and conduct performance evaluations. Provide adequate training and cross-training opportunities. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated experience to simultaneously manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in managing diverse teams including motivating and developing employees, supporting professional development, coaching, and mentoring, setting clear expectations, and providing constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead development of and buy-in for a vision.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in building trusted partnerships with internal and external customers through establishing a track record of transparency, follow through, and resolving differences respectfully.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice and pursuing changes to policies and practices that address systemic racism and inequities.
  • Able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in judicial administration, public administration, or business
  • A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory and management experience
  • Three (3) years of experience in reporting to and interacting directly with elected officials, and experience in a customer services-based organization.
  • Experience with collective bargaining and labor agreements
  • Experience in developing and managing enterprise-wide, mission-critical technology systems is highly desired.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

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