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Job Title:  Assistant Director (Office of Defender Services)
Department:  Judicial Branch
Agency:  Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Job Announcement Number:  13-ODS-792314

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$169,436.00 to $174,000.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Monday, March 18, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts nationwide.  The AO is proud to serve and support the Judiciary in carrying out its constitutional mission to provide equal justice under law. 

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to open until filled.

The AO is seeking a highly capable, exceptional leader to serve as the Assistant Director for the Office of Defender Services.  The Assistant Director is the senior AO executive responsible for providing national leadership and support for the Federal appointed counsel program, covering Federal Public Defenders, community defenders, and private panel attorneys. 

This position is classified and paid under a broad-banded compensation system.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  AO employees are eligible for Federal and Judiciary benefits.  


It is designated as a confidential and policy-determining position under the Administrative Office Personnel Act, Section 3(a)(5)(B) and, as such, is an “at will” position not covered by the AO’s personnel regulations developed under the Act. 


  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required.
  • A one-year trial period may be required.
  • Some travel is required.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


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The mission of the Federal defender services program is to ensure that the right of counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, and other statutory mandates is enforced on behalf of those who cannot afford to retain counsel.  As the senior executive responsible for administration of the Judiciary’s appointed counsel system, the Assistant Director (AD) provides leadership and vision for this critical national program.  The incumbent directs the work of the Office of Defender Services (ODS), which is responsible for developing and implementing program policies; administering specialized training programs related to CJA representations; formulating and executing program budgets; overseeing program reviews; and designing, developing and implementing information technology programs and services to support defenders and their staffs.

The ideal candidate will have significant high-level experience providing the vision, guidance, and support required to administer the day-to-day operations and long-term needs of the Federal defender services program.  The duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Leads and oversees the work of the Office of Defender Services, its subordinate units, and employees;
  2. Serves as principal advisor to the AO Director and Deputy Director, other Judiciary officials, committees and subcommittees of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and advisory groups on all functions related to the Federal appointed counsel program; 
  3. Provides technical assistance, guidance, and training to Federal Public Defenders and their staffs, community defenders and private panel attorneys on the CJA and other matters related to providing criminal defense services to indigent clients;
  4. Coordinates with other government agencies—including the Federal Judicial Center, United States Sentencing Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and United States Marshals Service—on a variety of special initiatives;
  5. Oversees the development of automated case-tracking systems and other applications for use by Federal Public Defenders;
  6. Fosters and maintains productive relationships with AO executives and staff, Federal judges, Federal Public Defenders and their staffs, community defenders, and appointed counsel, as well as other court unit executives, officials in the executive and legislative branches, and private sector representatives;
  7. Works with AO executives and their staffs on strategic planning, agency operations, problem resolution and development of new and innovative programs to support the AO’s mission and the mission of the Federal defender program; and 
  8. Serves as an expert on matters relating to defender services in the Judiciary.


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Basic Requirements:   Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction.  In addition, at least three years (preferably five years) or post J.D. legal experience is required. 

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience (preferably at least three years) equivalent to the GS-15/JSP-15/CL31 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position.  Specialized experience is substantive work experience in legal settings, providing expert legal advice involving the interpretation of statutes, regulations, decisional law and opinions and/or drafting legal memoranda, opinions, legislative proposals or congressional testimony as it relates to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.

ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT: Applicants who meet the specialized experience requirements also will be assessed on the following Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. These qualifications must be evident in your resume.

Technical Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Demonstrated management skills involving both legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization.  Candidates should have an ability to work with legal and policy professionals to evaluate and develop program objectives, guidance and services;
  2. Excellent legal writing skills that demonstrate clear and concise analysis;
  3. Substantial high-level experience formulating and implementing policies dealing with complex legal issues; and  
  4. Significant experience designing and implementing strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization’s vision, mission and goals.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): These are important factors that should be demonstrated in the resume:

  1. Leading Change
  2. Leading People
  3. Results Driven
  4. Business Acumen
  5. Building Coalitions/Communication



Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed, along with your responses on the occupational questionnaire, to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your application package will be evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.


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The AO offers excellent benefits to its employees.  The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, DC, where this position is stationed, has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.  A description of the benefits available to AO employees may be viewed at:


  1. The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  2. The selectee of this position will be assigned to an official duty station in Washington, DC.  Pay will be set based on the locality area/official duty station assigned.  
  3. Relocation expenses will be provided only if specifically authorized by the Director of the AO.
  4. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  5. Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for non-citizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation.  Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at
  6. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  7. All new employees of the AO must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  8. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.  All information is subject to verification.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  1. Your Resume –  in any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications;
  2. Cover letter – a detailed cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications. Please include your country of citizenship in the cover letter or resume;
  3. Complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire; and 
  4. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) – If you are not an AO employee, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify your current Federal employment status.  

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 18, 2013.

You are encouraged to complete the application process online.  To begin the process, click on the Apply Online button of this screen to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status".  

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 792314. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Alternative Application Process

If you cannot apply online, please use the following step-by-step instructions:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Do not use a separate cover page.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Please refer to the “How to Apply” section.


Kymberli Camber
Phone: (210)301-6303
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Personnel Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC


Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications.  If qualified, the application package will be referred to the evaluating official for consideration.  You will be contacted if further information or interviews are required.

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