• Assistant Deputy Court Administrator - Legal Counsel

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Court
    Boston Municipal Court
    Posting Date
    8/13/2019
    Starting
    USD $100,168.38/Yr.
    Current Maximum
    USD $148,064.47/Yr.
    ID
    2019-4581
  • NOTES

    This position is posted open until filled, preference will be given to those that apply during the first 14 days.  

    MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TRIAL COURT

    The Trial Court is committed to:

     

        

    • fair and impartial administration of justice;
    • protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
    • equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    • efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
    • prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals
    • utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

     

    DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT

    Given our unique responsibility to advance the fair administration of justice, the Boston Municipal Court Department is devoted to the rule of law through the conscientious and expeditious resolution of disputes, with a commitment to restoring the human spirit through correction, education, respect and compassion

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE:

     

    https://www.mass.gov/orgs/boston-municipal-court

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator/Legal Counsel provides specialized administrative oversight and legal support to the Boston Municipal Court Department (BMCD).  The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator assists the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator on legal matters, researches legal questions, writes memoranda, develops procedures and rules, analyzes legal and administrative issues, drafts regulations and proposed legislation, and develops and implements uniform case processing practices and programs related to effective case management and Trial Court best practices.

     

    SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

     

    The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator receives general direction from the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator of the Boston Municipal Court Department. 

    MAJOR DUTIES

    The position of Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel provides specialized administrative oversight and legal support to the Boston Municipal Court Department.  The role requires considerable independent judgment in making important decisions, sometimes with limited procedural and policy guidelines;

     

    Provides legal counsel to the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator;

     

    Interprets and applies court rules, standing orders, statutes, directives and policies related to matters within the BMCD;

     

    Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure on all BMC related matters, including technical issues related to the electronic case management system and related technology;

     

    Works with BMC personnel in the development of modifications to the electronic case management system and related technology that will support the effective integration of rules, uniform practices and procedures, statutes and case law;

     

    Prepares abstracts, memoranda, and administrative reports; draft rules, uniform practices, and proposed legislation; develops guidelines and procedures for the BMCD;

     

    Provides legal advice to judges and other court personnel on all law-related matters in the BMCD and conducts special research projects as necessary;

     

    Responds to inquiries and requests from judges, the public, attorneys, court employees, and others concerning legal aspects of the BMCD;

     

    Responds to requests for information from the media, legislature, judges, clerk/magistrates, probation officers, and other agency personnel;

     

    Serves as the liaison between the Boston Municipal Court Department and state agencies and community resources dealing with matters within the jurisdiction of the BMCD; and

     

       Performs other related duties as required..

     

    JOB COMPETENCIES

    All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to prove efficiency in the following areas:

     

    Ethics and Values

    Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court.

    Mission

    Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and the BMCD missions.

    Applied Knowledge

    Demonstrated experience using knowledge of court rules and law as they pertain to the BMCD.

    Problem Solving

    Accurately identifies legal and operational issues regarding administration in the BMCD and recommends and facilitates appropriate solutions.  Accurately assesses a variety of problems in the BMCD and develops feasible solutions.

    Customer Service

    Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.

    Collaboration

    Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.

    Commitment to Diversity

    Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

    Continuous Learning

    Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.

     

     

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS

    These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel:

     

              Law Degree from an accredited Law School;

     

              Admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

     

    Thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and applicable statutes, case law, court rules and procedures relating to the Boston Municipal Court Department;

     

    Seven years of legal experience with particular emphasis on matters within the jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court Department; court management experience is preferred;

     

    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, employees and government agencies employees;

     

    Excellent oral and written communication skills;

     

              Demonstrated ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments; and

     

              Demonstrated ability to identify problems and to develop feasible solutions.

     

     

    OTHER

    PLEASE NOTE: 

     

              Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check for all new hires.

     

     

    ENTRY LEVEL SALARY RANGE:  SM2

     

     

    HOW TO APPLY:  

     

    Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application at the following web address and a resume must be included:

     

    http://www.mass.gov/courts/jobs/index.html

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    Paper, faxed or emailed applications are no longer accepted for any Trial Court position.                        

     

     

                            AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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