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Unified Judicial System, State Court Administrator's Office

Unified Judicial System, State Court Administrator's Office

Job ID: 20124
Agency: Unified Judicial System, State Court Administrator's Office
Location: Pierre
Salary: $80,972.64 - $85,023.36/annually, depending on experience
Closing date: Open Until Filled

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The Mission of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System is to provide Justice for All!

Our employees are our most valuable resource and crucial to accomplishing our mission. We seek talented and motivated individuals to be the face of the court system and help ensure that the Court and all the people that come before it receives the highest level of service. Our dedicated staff work to enhance community safety and ensure victim’s rights while treating all individuals with dignity and respect.

The Unified Judicial System offers a comprehensive benefits package consisting of 10-12 paid holidays every year, extensive sick and vacation leave, paid family leave, military training leave, health and flexible benefits, regular working hours, continuing education opportunities, retirement benefits, a great working environment, and more.

Position Purpose:
To provide administrative legal advice for the Unified Judicial System (UJS) employees, Judges, projects, and programs by providing oversight for business practices; providing guidelines for program management; developing operational policies and procedures; and facilitating actions of committees and taskforces to improve court operations and enhance access to justice and public trust.

Duties may include:

  • supervising and managing the Rural Attorney Recruitment program to ensure program goals and objectives are realized;
  • supervising and managing the child support referee program to ensure child support decisions are received with prescribed timeframes;
  • staffing various UJS committees to represent UJS interests and providing legal guidance;
  • performing various legal research and advisory projects to give legal opinions and advice that are accurate and timely and in the best interest of the UJS; and
  • performing other work as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and possession of a juris doctorate. Licensed to practice law in South Dakota or successful completion of the first South Dakota bar examination following employment with the SCAO. Experience working in the courts in the legal profession such as a trial court attorney, family law attorney, or a related field is preferred but not necessary.

Successful completion of a criminal background investigation is required for employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • family law and the law in general;
  • methods of legal research and analysis;
  • laws and procedures regarding development of legislation and lobbying.

Skill in:

  • legal writing;
  • organizational management;
  • time management.

Ability to:

  • communicate effectively with various personalities both orally and in writing;;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people;
  • convey ideas and future directions clearly;
  • conduct legal research, analyze results, and write pertinent legal recommendations;
  • interpret and apply the law and UJS policies to various situations;
  • understand computer system capabilities at a professional level.

The State of South Dakota, Unified Judicial System does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The Unified Judicial System as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

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Apply at:
Unified Judicial System
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: 605.773.4867
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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