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Administrative Director


Columbus, OH, USA


Administrative Director (180003PZ) 

Job Duties


 The Supreme Court of Ohio seeks an experienced, innovative, and visionary leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to serve as the Administrative Director. The Administrative Director is a position created under the Ohio Constitution and is the senior non-elected officer of the Court who assists the Chief Justice, the six Justices of the Court, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and the judges of the state in developing and communicating the long-term vision, values and direction of the Court, and the judicial branch of Ohio government. The Administrative Director is an unclassified position with the State of Ohio and serves at the pleasure of the Court. This position is located in Columbus, Ohio.



The position is appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio pursuant to Ohio Constitution, Article IV, § 5 to assist the Court and the Chief Justice in the exercise of their authorities.  The person appointed to this position serves at the pleasure of the Court. The Supreme Court of Ohio employs approximately 250 employees on-site in Columbus, Ohio.



The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned as determined by the Court or the Chief Justice.


Serves as the chief administrative officer of the Court and oversees all day-to-day administrative functions of the Court.


Provides leadership and supervision to the following divisions / areas of the Court:

  • Administrative: Chief Legal Counsel, Court Security, Fiscal Resources, Human Resources, Law Library and Public Information;
  • Attorney Services: Attorney Services and Bar Admissions;
  • Clerk's Division: Clerk's Office and Office of the Reporter;
  • Court Services;
  • Facilities Management;
  • Information Technology;
  • Judicial and Educational Services: Judicial Services and the Ohio Judicial College; and
  • Legal Resources.

Develops and maintains constructive relationships with the General Assembly, monitors and reports on legislative matters of interest to the Court and the judicial branch, and represents the Court as directed.


Develops and maintains constructive relationships with other government officials, agencies, and departments, and represents the interests of the Court as directed.

Identifies emerging issues and assigns staff support for special projects, initiatives, task forces, as well as the Court’s boards and commissions.  Develops relationships with outside organizations and entities including the bar and local courts and judges throughout the state of Ohio and the nation. 


Identifies areas for improvement in process, procedure, and services to ensure the Court is fulfilling its mission and vision of providing exceptional service to the people of Ohio and leadership to the judicial branch of government.


Identifies, recommends, and implements administrative and policy solutions to improve the operations of each division, cross-divisional operations, and the Court as a whole. 


Exercises such other duties, responsibilities and authorities as directed by the Court and Chief Justice.





  • A bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree are required.  A master’s degree in public administration and/or a law degree are strongly preferred.

  • Must possess a minimum of eight years of court leadership experience in a senior level position.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as this position interacts daily with the chief justice, justices of the Court, judicial officers and court managers, and public officials at the state and national level. 

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain constructive relationships while possessing a strong sense of integrity and justice with a commitment to teamwork.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with court administration, executive leadership, legal processes, and judicial education.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of public sector budgeting and fiscal management, and human resources and personnel management.

  • Ability to manage and oversee the work of a diverse staff and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, judges, public officials, members of the bar, and other stakeholders while advocating for the court system.

  • Extensive knowledge regarding management functions, needs, policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to the Ohio judicial system or a comparable local or state judicial system.  Knowledge regarding the general rules and regulations of a judicial system, the operation of local and state court systems, and principles and practices of modern court management are necessary.

  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail and dedication to providing the Court with the highest level of service and ethics. 

  • Experience in managing legislative relations.

  • Must be unaffiliated with political agendas and not engage in political activity at any level.

  • Requires occasional in-state travel and sporadic out-of-state travel. A valid driver’s license is required.

  • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is required.




The Court seeks to recruit and retain talented individuals with a commitment to public service.






About the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Ohio is located in the exquisite Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, a restored 15 story historical building located along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. The staff of over 250 includes legal professionals as well as those involved with administration, facilities, security, finance, public information, information technology, education, and library services.


The Court is responsible for providing oversight to the judicial branch including developing rules of practice, administering the bar examination, and providing education to those involved with the justice system such as judges, court personnel, probation officers, guardians ad litem, and attorneys.


In addition the Court also coordinates the compensation and benefits of over 700 members of the statewide judiciary and the budgets for Courts of Appeals. Under current Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the Court has increased its services to the courts by developing programs and technology to improve efficiencies, communications, and services affecting the citizens of Ohio. Additional information can be found at:


Salary and Benefits


The Supreme Court of Ohio offers a generous compensation package which includes salaries reviewed annually for market adjustments; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan (OPERS); tuition reimbursement; flex time; and paid vacation, personal and sick time earned in the first month of employment. The anticipated starting salary, which is commensurate with experience is $140,000. 


Application Process

Formal consideration of interested applicants responding to this announcement will begin September 28, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at and attach all of the following:

  1. Complete application online
  2. Complete the supplemental questions online
  3. Upload a cover letter addressed to: Chair, Administrative Director Search Committee
  4. Upload a resume or CV
  5. Upload three (3) professional references


Out of state applicants may apply; however, The Supreme Court of Ohio does not reimburse travel or relocation expenses.



 Background Check Information

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

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