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Director of Human Resources

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
San Francisco, California 94103
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

$86,106 to $165,384 (CL 29 - CL 30)
San Francisco, California
Are you interested in a position that supports the federal judiciary’s mission of ensuring equal justice under the law? Come join our talented and diverse team at the Court of Appeals!

About the Court

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is the largest federal appellate court in the country, hearing cases from nine western states and two territories, as well as various administrative agencies including the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Court’s mission is to provide an impartial forum for the just and prompt resolution of cases through the uniform and coherent application of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

The Court’s operational vision is to ensure the Court is accessible to all litigants through easy-to-understand procedures that maximize predictability and minimize burdens; each appeal receives the attention it warrants, without delay and at a reasonable cost; litigants and judges receive excellent service from expert staff who are responsive to their needs; litigants believe they got the process they were due, even when they don't get the result they wanted; and employees feel engaged and supported in a professional, positive work environment that fosters productivity and success.

About the Role

We’re looking for someone who enjoys charting their own course while incorporating input from above and below. This position is ideal for someone who is passionate about public service and wants to become an integral part of a dynamic institution.

Here are some important projects we will want you to tackle at the outset:

• Craft and carry out a court-wide communication plan that reinforces the mission and vision of the court, disseminates timely, relevant information to employees, and fosters a sense of community within and among court units.
• Spearhead a cross-unit effort to update and harmonize policies related to leave, work schedules, training, performance, promotion, and other matters.
• Devise a new game plan for recruitment that harnesses current technologies and trends to attract a diverse and high-performing applicant pool.
• Consult with and advise executives and managers on organizational structure, performance management, process improvements, and instituting change.
• Assess and fulfill the training and development needs of current and future employees.
• Partner with the Director of Workplace Relations to cultivate a healthy work environment.
• Engage employees in a collective effort to infuse the court’s culture with joy and excitement.


• Bachelor’s degree
• 8+ years of experience in human resources
• 3+ years of experience in a supervisory role
• Superior writing, speaking, listening, and presentation skills
• Advanced ability to think critically and strategically, and to develop and implement innovative programs and practices
• Demonstrated capacity to see the big picture and master the details, while deftly navigating between the two
• Exceptional emotional intelligence and track record of building strong relationships

• Knowledge of federal employment law and policy
• Experience working in a legal setting
• Experience in coaching and conflict resolution
• Expertise in project management
• Familiarity with modern Human Resources technology solutions

Position Details

Location: Position is based in the architectural landmark courthouse at Mission and7th Street in San Francisco, where court staff is headquartered. Occasional travel to divisional offices in Pasadena, Seattle, and Portland may be required.
Reports to: Clerk of Court
Collaborates with: Court executives and managers
Supervises: Small team of human resources generalists and specialists
Serves: About 500 employees, including judges and chambers staff as well as professional and administrative staff in the Court of Appeals, Office of the Circuit Executive, and Circuit Library. As needed, advises other HR professionals in the Circuit.

Rewards & Perks

Salary: $86,106 to $165,384 (CL 29/30), depending on qualifications and experience. Potential for promotion.
Time off: 10 paid holidays, 13 vacation days, and 13 sick leave days per year. After three years, vacation days accrue at a higher rate.

• Federal pension plan and optional employer-matching Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K).
• Choice of a variety of employer-subsidized federal health and life insurance plans. Optional dental, vision, and long-term care coverage.
• Flexible spending account to pay out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with tax-free dollars.
Other Perks: Telework opportunities; public transit subsidy; alternate work schedules; reasonable work hours; on-site gym and café.

How to Apply

Please submit a single PDF through the Career Portal that includes: 1) a cover letter directly addressing this position, and 2) an up-to-date resume. Only applications with a cover letter and resume will be considered. [link to Career Portal]

Next Steps
• Application review: November 18 through 29, 2019
• Tentative interview dates: weeks of December 2 and December 9, 2019. [Video conference interviews available].
• Anticipated start date: January 2020

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. Successful applicants are provisionally hired pending results of background investigation and fingerprinting. Positions with the U.S. Courts are at-will, excepted service appointments, and may be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Direct deposit of pay required.

Equal Opportunity Employer



Posted: 2019-10-31 Expires: 2019-11-30

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