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Posted January 24, 2023

Administrative Director, Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio


Full Time (On-site)

Feb. 9, 2023

Job Overview

The Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio is created under the Ohio Constitution as the chief administrative officer overseeing the day-to-day administrative functions of the Court.

Ohio has a home rule tradition, which is preserved in the state constitution. Ohio is a non-unified court system. Judges are separately elected, as are
the clerks of general jurisdiction, the courts of common pleas. Some clerks of municipal courts may be elected depending on the jurisdiction. The
Supreme Court exercises superintending authority through the Rules of Superintendence.

This is an unclassified position with the State of Ohio and serves at the pleasure of the Court.


  • The Administrative Director provides leadership and supervision to the following divisions/areas of the Court: Attorney Services, Bar Admissions, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Clerk of the Court, Court Security, Court Services, Facilities Management, Fiscal Resources, Human Resources, Information Technology, Judicial Services and the Ohio Judicial College, Law Library, Legal Resources, Office of the Reporter, and Public Information.
  • The Administrative Director identifies emerging issues and assigns staff to special projects, initiatives, and task forces, as well as the Court’s boards and commissions. He or she identifies areas for improvement in process, procedure, and services to ensure the Court is fulfilling its mission and vision of providing exceptional public service to the people of Ohio.
  • Further, the Administrative Director identifies, recommends, and implements administrative and policy solutions to improve the operations of each division, cross-divisional operations, and the Court as a whole.
  • The Administrative Director develops and maintains constructive relationships with other government officials, agencies, and departments, as well as outside organizations and entities, including the bar and local courts and judges throughout the state of Ohio and the nation.


  • A successful applicant must possess 8 years or more of court management experience in a senior-level position, a bachelor’s degree, and an advanced degree. A master’s in public administration or law degree is preferred.
  • The successful candidate for this position will be a dynamic leader who is able to build and maintain relationships, possesses a strong sense of integrity and justice with a commitment to teamwork and collaboration.
  • The successful applicant must have extensive knowledge and experience with court administration, executive leadership, legal processes, duties associated with civil and criminal litigation, and judicial education. The applicant must possess the 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. A prime candidate must have an extensive knowledge regarding management functions, general rules and regulations of a judicial system, the operation of local and state court systems, and principles and practices of modern court policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to the Ohio judicial system or a comparable local or state judicial system.
  • The successful candidate must have experience managing legislative relations, a demonstrated knowledge of public sector budgeting/fiscal management, and human resources/personnel management.
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, and dedication to providing the Court with the highest level of service and ethics are required.
  • The candidate must be unaffiliated with political agendas and may not engage in political activity at any level.
  • The position requires intermittent in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel.

Work Environment

We are 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.


We offer a generous compensation package which includes salaries reviewed annually for market adjustments; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14 percent 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.

About the Organization

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

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, candidates must apply at or deliver an application by Feb. 9, 2023, to the Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 S. Front St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug-free, weapons and violence-free work environment.

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