Court Operations Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on October 1, 2021
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King County District Court Profile
KCDC is the largest and most technologically advanced Court of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Washington. It currently processes approximately 200,000 matters per year with 25 elected judges and roughly 260 employees at 8 courthouse locations. The Court is a leader in many areas involving public safety and access to justice, including the use of problem-solving courts, jail-alternative programs, technology- and judge-managed probation services. Thirteen cities that contract with King County for court services provided by KCDC.
Position Summary
This high-profile Court Operations Director position works with elected judges under the supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Deputy CAO (DCAO), at the pleasure of a five-member Executive Committee of Judges. The Court Operations Director is expected to develop and maintain professional relationships and positive interactions within and outside King County government on behalf of the Court. In conjunction with the DCAO, the Court Operations Director is responsible for working directly with the Courthouse location managers to ensure successful court administration at that location.   The Court Operations Director must have proven leadership skills, particularly in the areas of stakeholder relationships, executive decision making, visioning and strategic planning, operations management, case flow and workflow management and accountability and court performance. 

Job Duties

The Court Operations Director is a strong, politically savvy and trustworthy leader who possesses a passion for justice and a commitment to the independence of the Judicial Branch. The Court Operations Director will communicate openly, honestly and collaboratively with a diverse group of judges, CAO, DCAO, leadership team, city partners, public and private bar and other key stakeholders.  The Court Operations Director will expertly use methods of continuous improvement on a systems-wide level in reviewing and monitoring calendaring, case flow and workflow management across all the courthouse locations; provide new ideas and innovation through change management processes that improve    the efficiency and delivery of effective court services; and ensure that both internal and external court services are delivered with the highest of customer service standards.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Executive leadership, decision making and performance measurement (public-sector preferred);
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong and successful strategic-partner relationships with internal and outside stakeholders in a political environment;
  • Strong strategic planning and vision skills;
  • Court operations experience with a background in calendaring, case flow and workflow management; and
  • Knowledge of and experience with accountability and court performance.
Bachelor's Degree (Master's preferred) in Judicial, Public, or Business Administration or related field, plus demonstrated experience as a senior executive in government or the private sector; or
An equivalent combination of education and demonstrated senior leadership experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform as the Court Operations Director.

Supplemental Information

  • Selection process:  Application materials will be screened for qualifications; the most competitive candidates will be invited for one or more panel interviews. Any employment offer will be contingent upon the results of a criminal background investigation and finger printing.
  • Additional materials required:  A resume and a cover letter or letter of interest summarizing how you meet the listed experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and move and/or lift up to 10 pounds. The vision abilities required to perform this position include close vision.
  • Working ConditionsWork is typically performed in an office environment with a moderate amount of noise (computers, printers, light traffic).   This role routinely uses standard office equipment. 
  • Work schedule: Regular, working a 40-hour workweek. 
  • Work location: Seattle, Washington - King County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104. 
King County District Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
If you have any questions regarding this position or application process, please contact Erika Yanak at 206-477-0320 or Please include “Court Operations Director” within the subject line.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.