New Circuit Executive Position For the U.S. Courts


Duty Station:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Salary Range:

JSP 16 ($133,389 - $165,300 depending upon qualifications)

Opening Date:

August 7, 2013

Closing Date:

September 6, 2013, or until filled

Anticipated Start Date:

September 30, 2013

Deputy Circuit Executive, Paul Benjamin Anderson, Jr., will succeed Greg Nussel as Circuit Executive for the U.S. Courts, Fifth Judicial Circuit effective September 4, 2013. At the direction of Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Carl E. Stewart, our office seeks to fill the position Mr. Anderson will soon vacate. 

To apply, please submit a letter of application, resume, and salary history in confidence to:

Paul Benjamin Anderson, Jr.
Office of the Circuit Executive
U.S. Courts, Fifth Judicial Circuit
600 Camp Street, Room 100
New Orleans, LA 70130

Position Overview
The Deputy Circuit Executive is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the Circuit Executive, exercising broad supervisory and administrative responsibility of the Office of the Circuit Executive, and acting for the Circuit Executive in his absence. Major responsibilities include assisting the Circuit Executive in the exercise of all duties outlined in 28 U.S.C. § 332(e).

Representative Duties

  • Manages the major functions of the Circuit Executive’s Office, including human resources, property control, special events and projects, security, budget and finance, judges' furniture and furnishings, training, meeting arrangements, and emergency preparedness.
    • Supervises a diverse group of professionals and upper-level managers.
    • Manages the Judiciary's circuit-wide space and facilities program in a three-state area including providing accommodations, architectural services, space planning, and interior design services, working closely with the General Services Administration.
    • Directs the information technology program and resources of the Court of Appeals and provides staff support circuit-wide in the courts' wide area network.
    • Monitors the preparation and administration of appropriated and non-appropriated budgets, certifies payment of court obligations, and serves as a contracting officer.
    • Oversees the planning and coordination of the Judicial Conference of the Fifth Circuit and other court-related events.
  • Supports all non-judicial activities of the Court of Appeals, the Council and its Committees, and the Chief Judge.
    • Conducts studies relating to the business of the courts within the circuit and prepares findings for the Court, Council, the Chief Judge, and other parties.
    • Provides full staff support and policy development to all activities of the Council and its Committees, including preparing the Council's meeting agenda and minutes.
  • Provides analytical services.
    • Researches and analyzes statutes, policies, and regulations governing a wide range of issues, including government fiscal and procurement law, canons of ethical behavior, human resources matters, and judiciary practices and procedures.
    • Prepares written memoranda, policies, reports, and manuals for wide distribution.

Applicants must possess a minimum of 10 years progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provided a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing an organization. At least five years’ experience must have been in a position of substantial management responsibility.

  • Undergraduate degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Graduate degree in administration, law, or other applicable field strongly preferred.
  • Training or senior-level experience in administration.
  • Substantial experience in court administration, preferably at the federal level.
  • Understanding of the infrastructure, organization, and system of governance in the federal court system.
  • Knowledge of information technology networks and their application in a decentralized court environment.
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills.
  • Polished written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Creativity and initiative.
  • Ability to undertake recurring overnight travel.
  • Commitment to the betterment of judicial administration in times of fiscal restraint.

Conditions of Employment
U.S. citizenship required, or must meet requirements under current law. Positions with the U.S. Courts are excepted service appointments, or "at will." The initial appointment is provisional and contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation. Direct deposit of pay required.

Although not civil service employees, federal court employees share in most of the federal fringe benefit programs, including paid leave, holidays, health insurance, life insurance, federal retirement, long-term care insurance, vision and dental insurance, and the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K plan).

Fifth Circuit Profile
The Fifth Circuit is composed of the States of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and represents the second largest circuit (both in case filings and authorized personnel) in the federal court system. The Circuit Executive’s office, created by statute in 1971, has authorized staffing of 29 positions of which 23 are encumbered.

The Court of Appeals, headquartered in New Orleans, has 17 authorized judgeships and 8 senior judges. Nine judicial districts comprise the Fifth Circuit and include 83 active district judges, 30 senior district judges, 28 bankruptcy judges, and 68 magistrate judges. Total authorized judges and judicial support staff number 3,919 circuit-wide.

Consult for an itemized listing of the Duties and Responsibilities Delegated to the Circuit Executive.

The Fifth Circuit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Funding is not available to support interviewee travel.