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Executive Director - Judicial Nomination Commission

Job Title: Executive Director

Grade and Salary Range:  Excepted Service ES8 ($100,357 – $150,537)

Promotion Potential: No

Agency: Judicial Nomination Commission

Location: 515 5th St NW

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Opening/Closing Date: Open Until Filled



This position is located in the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (“Commission”). The seven-member Commission was established by the District of Columbia Self Government and Governmental Reorganization Act of December 24, 1973 (known as the “Home Rule Act”). Under authorities in this Act, the Commission has full jurisdiction over the process for the selection of candidates to be recommended to the President of the United States to fill judicial vacancies in the District of Columbia courts, specifically the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Commission also appoints the chief judges for both courts. The incumbent serves as an authoritative advisor within the area of assignment.


  • •    Keeps informed of and briefs the Chairperson of the Commission on all matters relating to the administrative management of the Office. Uses knowledge of the substantive nature of the mission and operating programs of the Commission to assess program operations and develop methods and practices to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

  • •    Provides opinions and advice to the Chairperson and Commissioners on critical issues and confidential matters.

  • •    Plans, organizes, promotes, directs, and implements the management and administration of the Commission, including executing and maintaining policies and procedures essential to the effective administration and coordination of the Commission's programs and objectives.

  • •    Performs strategic planning functions, conducts long and short-range surveys, management reviews, and analytical strategies to determine organizational and performance effectiveness and the adequacy of management systems, controls, and procedures.

  • •    Performs extensive research, writing, and/or liaison work on broad, critical program matters, to include keeping informed of best practices nationally on state judicial nominating commissions.

  • •    Develops, manages, and executes the Commission's annual operational and capital budget.

  • •    Works with the District of Columbia Council (“D.C. Council”), D.C. agencies, and Congress to develop the budget. Develops fiscal documentation, as required, to obtain supplemental funding. Prepares and presents statements, which are submitted for the record to the Executive Office of the Mayor, D.C. Council, and U.S. Congressional Budget Committees, justifying the Commission's budget request each fiscal year. Works with the Commission Chairperson to request enhancements to the Commission budget and supports the Commission Chairperson's testimony before the D.C. Council.

  • •    Testifies at hearings before the D.C. Council, as required.

  • •    Resolves conflicts and coordinates the work of the Commission with others, as necessary.

  • •    Serves as the Certification Officer for the Commission to develop and correct information recorded on certificates, vouchers, or supporting papers, including the legality of payment under the appropriation fund involved.
  • •    Ensures obligations are incurred in good faith, that payment is not contrary to any statutory provision, and that the District of Columbia receives value for such payment.

  • •    Compiles information and ensures the preparation of purchase orders, payment vouchers, property inventory, voucher schedule payments, vendor information forms, travel vouchers, contract advisements, and personnel reports, as appropriate, and as requested by the Office of Contracting and Procurement and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (“OCFO”).
  • •    Ensures the maintenance of all agency financial management systems files and journals on agency obligations and disbursements, both intra-district and general fund, as supported by OCFO.

  • •    Reviews all office requisitions and expenditures, and monitors agency expenditures to prevent any violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act.

  • •    Prepares and reviews policy papers for presentation to the Mayor, City Administrator, D.C. Council, and Congressional Committees, as required.
  • •    Develops and monitors internal reporting systems to ensure that all priorities and standards are met in a timely manner.

  • •    Prepares backup data and support materials for formal/informal presentations to the Chairperson, Commissioners, and other key stakeholders; and develops position papers, oral and written briefing documents, as required.
  • •    Serves as a liaison between the Department of Human Resources, payroll, and the Commission on all related personnel issues.

  • •    Ensures the preparation of correspondence, monthly activity and special reports.
  • •    Represents the Commission regarding Commission issues of joint concern with D.C. and Federal Government agencies, and various legal organizations. Maintains liaison with the Office of White House Counsel, Congressional and D.C. Council Committees, the Office of Budget and Planning, and the Executive Office of the Mayor, the D.C. Courts, and appropriate Committees and Members of Congress to provide and receive views on issues and legislation which affect the Commission.
  • •    Serves as the agency liaison with the local Bar Associations, professional groups, and others concerning judicial vacancies as they occur, as well as when candidates are recommended to fill them.

  • •    Designs, coordinates, and implements a broad range of outreach and educational activities on D.C.’s judicial nomination process, drawing on a cross-section of D.C. and legal community stakeholders.

  • •    Represents the Chairperson at meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops, as needed.
  • •    Provides official information to various private entities, the D.C. and Federal Government, and the general public.

  • •    Negotiates service contracts with attorneys, investigators, consultants, and other experts, as needed.
  • •    Develops contract specifications, and performs necessary review and certification as to the receipt of required services.

  • •    Prepares and gives briefings and speeches to various interested government, community, professional, international, and educational groups concerning the jurisdiction, role, and responsibilities of the Commission.

  • •    Reviews, analyzes, and coordinates the administrative handling of information and materials submitted for application to the filing of judicial vacancies.

  • •    Conducts, initiates, and monitors complex full background investigations of candidates applying for judicial vacancies.

  • •    Prepares application records to submit with the name of each recommended applicant to the President of the United States to fill judicial appointments.

  • •    Works with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (“OCTO”) to define and manage the Commission's information technology (IT) systems, technical requirements for new systems, enhancements to existing systems, as well as the IT procurement process.

  • •    Reviews supply requirements periodically, determining quantities and type of items to be ordered; orders supplies and contacts vendors for prices on supplies and equipment; and directs replacement of equipment or repairs and makes recommendations for purchase of information resources, i.e. computers and related peripherals, software and services.

  • •    Ensures administrative document files, directives, and catalogs are maintained.

  • •    Writes, designs, and authorizes the publication of the Commission's Annual Report, public information brochures, and press releases.
  • •    Supervises the Executive Assistant to the Commission.
  • •    Initiates personnel actions.
  • •    Performs other duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least three (3) years of post-graduate work experience is required.



A Juris Doctor or Master’s degree from an accredited law school or university and at least five (5) years of prior sustained, qualified experience in a field or position that provides wide exposure to a range of issues included in the scope of work required for this position is preferred. Familiarity with the District of Columbia law, rules, and regulations relevant to the Commission, and with the local legal community and the District of Columbia Courts is a plus.



  • Knowledge of the statutes, rules, and regulations governing the operation to effectively support the work of the Commission.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of advanced management and organizational principles and practices, along with a comprehensive knowledge of planning, programming, and budgeting.
  • Mastery of analytical and evaluative methods, plus an understanding of how assignments/projects are administered.
  • Knowledge to process purchase order requests and requisitions, and knowledge of the District Financial Management System (SOARS) as it relates to procurement, budget, and accounting.
  • Knowledge of time and leave regulations that apply to annual and sick leave in order to process time in PeopleSoft.
  • Interpersonal skills to deal effectively with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Skill in investigating, analyzing, and solving problems, and the ability to motivate and work with others.
  • Skill in applying sound judgment in the analysis of allegations and in deriving logical conclusions.
  • Ability to comprehend multi-faceted problems and to design appropriate and effective techniques for resolution.
  • Ability to prepare long and short-range plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.  Ability to identify problems, research, and analyze requirements.
  • Ability to identify IT-related needs and to use technology to meet program objectives and to communicate and work more effectively.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy.
  • Ability to plan and organize a high volume of work in a short time-frame to meet program priorities and objectives, and to work well under pressure. 
  • Ability to work independently, taking professional responsibility for all aspects of the position.



Works directly under the supervision of the Commission’s Chairperson. Plans work and resolves conflicts which arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary; and interpreting policy on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Keeps the Chairperson informed of unanticipated issues or controversies and recommends any needed course of action. Completed work is reviewed for accuracy, soundness of overall approach, conformance with controlling management policies, and sound judgment.



Guidelines include Commission policies and procedures. In addition, reference sources will include D.C. Laws 93-198, 91-358 and 98-598, DC Government regulations manuals and instruction on budgetary practices, procurement procedures, District Personnel Manual, D.C. Register, Mayor's Memoranda and Orders, D.C. Code, SOARS manual, and regulations of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission and the Legal Register. The employee uses judgment and discretion in determining intent, and in interpreting and revising existing policy and regulatory guidance for use by others within or outside the Commission.


District law requires that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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