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Opportunity Title: Chief Deputy Clerk of Court
Location: Denver
Department: United States Court of Appeals - 10th Circuit
Posted Date: 09/30/2019
Closing Date: 10/28/2019
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the United States Court of Appeals - 10th Circuit**

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit seeks an experienced attorney and court professional to serve as Chief Deputy Clerk of Court. The territorial jurisdiction of the Tenth Circuit includes the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming, and the portions of Yellowstone National Park that extend into Montana and Idaho. The Tenth Circuit Clerk’s Office, which employs twenty-eight staff members, is located in the Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver, Colorado.  The salary range for this position is $134,629 - $176,900 per year.

Definition of Work:

The Chief Deputy Clerk is a senior-level, second-in-command, management position reporting directly to the Clerk of Court. The Chief Deputy assists the Clerk in managing all aspects of Clerk’s Office operations including case and records management; financial management; administering the court’s oral argument calendar; issuing the court’s decisions; personnel and performance management; courtroom operations; strategic and organizational planning; development and implementation of office procedures; and customer service. The Chief Deputy Clerk also participates in and helps oversee the legal work of the Clerk’s Office, which includes complex motions work, appellate jurisdiction review, and case management work; preparing legal analysis and recommendations regarding permissive interlocutory appeals; and assisting the court with complex procedural matters. 


The Chief Deputy Clerk assists the Clerk in managing the day-to-day operations of the Clerk’s Office; participates in and oversees the complex case management and legal work of the Clerk’s Office; advises judges and chambers staff regarding complex procedural matters; develops, implements, and refines policies, programs, and procedures; advises the Clerk concerning policy matters affecting office operations; monitors operations and analyzes effectiveness of office practices, suggesting improvements where necessary; assists the Clerk as the representative of the court to the media, district courts, federal agencies, lawyers, litigants, and the public at large; effectuates the Clerk’s Office performance management plan by ensuring all employees receive annual substantive performance appraisals and real-time feedback as appropriate; participates in the recruitment, selection, training, promotion, discipline, evaluation, and compensation of employees; manages Clerk’s Office projects and oversees implementation of new programs and technologies; works with the Clerk to develop organizational goals and objectives; assists the Clerk in establishing and implementing policy; works with the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office in the development and implementation of programs.

Reports To:

Clerk of Court

Minimum Education/Professional Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Six years post-graduate legal work experience
  • At least three years progressively responsible experience in court administration, management, staff supervision/leadership, and/or as an attorney working for a court. 
  • Admission to practice law before the highest court of a state, territory, commonwealth or possession of the United States (law license may be inactive)
  • Strong academic background, including superior legal research, analytical, writing, and editing skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate legal, complex case management and/or management experience in a federal court setting
  • Substantial professional experience as a practicing attorney, a federal judicial law clerk, and/or a state appellate court law clerk

How to Apply:

Submit the following materials as a single PDF attachment to Reference 19C10 in the subject line. Do not send documents in MS Word or as multiple attachments, applicants should combine all attachments into a single PDF. Applications which do not include all of the required material will not be considered.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Self-written composition of 500 words or less describing your ideal working environment and what kind of leader you would be in that environment
  • Application for Judicial Employment (


Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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