Current Job Opportunity


May 19, 2014

Closing Date

June 25, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Trial Court Administrator

Job Location

Fifth Judicial Circuit, Tavares, Florida

Salary Range

$6,779.92 - $13,654.76 (Monthly)*

*The successful candidate will be hired at $7,999.17 monthly.

Job Description

The Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida is accepting applications for the position of Trial Court Administrator. Under the direction of the Chief Judge, the Trial Court Administrator is responsible for the administration of trial court operations, programs, and services including financial and budget services, strategic and operational and emergency planning, information technology and communications, human resources, media relations, facilities and capital projects. The Trial Court Administrator represents the interests of the Circuit before public and private agencies and the County Commissions, Clerks of Court and Sheriffs of all five counties, as well as the Office of the State Courts Administrator and others.


Position and Qualifications

The Trial Court Administrator develops and implements strategic plans and administrative policies for the judiciary, and represents the judiciary in dealing with the legislative and executive branches of state and county government. The Trial Court Administrator is selected by the chief judge subject to concurrence by a majority vote of the circuit and county judges of the circuit.

Among other responsibilities, the Trial Court Administrator:

  • Directs executive level staff in the areas of court operations, budget and accounting, technology, emergency management and human resources;
  • Oversees court programs and services, ensuring compliance with applicable procedures, policy, regulations and statutes;
  • Develops policies and procedures in consultation with senior management and general counsel to ensure efficient and economical organizational operations;
  • Collaborates with senior management to develop strategic plans and capital projects; oversees and coordinates implementation of plans to ensure adherence to organizational standards, policies and procedures;
  • Oversees budget requirements and fiscal activities to ensure proper accounting controls; reviews and approves expenditures; directs the preparation of the circuit's budget for state and county government appropriations; oversees contracts with public and private vendors;
  • Oversees staffing standards, recruitment, selection, training, counseling, disciplining and terminations; prepares periodic employee performance  evaluations;
  • Oversees and directs  information technology  to ensure provision of useful systems and to increase productivity; oversees web site development, maintenance and support; oversees long range and strategic planning for developing and implementing court technology initiatives, and maximizing judicial  resources;
  • Manages administrative matters such as preparing reports or correspondence, conducting special studies or research, developing and administering training, or providing for staff technical or professional  growth;
  • Liaisons with public and private agencies regarding organizational programs and services; participates in communications and media relations to promote the organization;
  • Attends and/or conducts staff, board, committee, task force and other professional meetings and conferences to exchange information; attends technical or professional seminars or conferences to improve professional skills.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with judges, state attorneys, public defenders, clerks, judicial commissions, committees, and conferences, other state and federal courts (including the Supreme Court), community organizations and councils, local municipality and county government, state agencies, sheriffs' offices and the public.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Education and Training Guidelines

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in court administration, public administration, business administration, management, or a related area, and five years of organizational leadership experience in court administration or government administration. NCSC (National Center for State Courts) certification may be considered to substitute for a portion of experience or degree in areas specified. A thorough understanding of the Florida Courts and the local and statewide political process will be advantageous.


Special Comments

  • This is a state funded position with comprehensive State Benefits available.
  • The annual salary is: $95,990.

How to Apply

Submit a current and complete State of Florida Employment Application, cover letter highlighting your special abilities, experiences and attributes, and resume with professional references to:


Office of the Trial Court Administrator

c/o Barbara Rodriguez, Human Resources Division

Post Office Box 7800

Tavares, Florida 32778


For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact: Barbara Rodriguez at 352-253-1607.


An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.


The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.


We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.


We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.


If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact Nicole Berg at 352-253-1604 through the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.