The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director and Chief of the Office of Staff Counsel.
The Executive Director and Chief of the Office of Staff Counsel position is an executive position for a licensed and qualified attorney that is appointed by the Chief Judge with the approval of the Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 715. The Executive Director and Chief of the Office of Staff Counsel supervises the Office of Staff Counsel, a unit of the Court that employs approximately 40 attorneys and support personnel. The primary responsibility of the Executive Director and Chief is to ensure the high quality of all substantive work performed by the legal and support staff employed by the Office of Staff Counsel. In addition, the Executive Director and Chief has administrative responsibility for all aspects of the Office’s operations, including, but not limited to, human resources management, recruitment and training, budget preparation and fiscal oversight, procurement management, statistical reporting, and records management.
The salary range is $137,449-$171,444, depending on experience and qualifications.
ABOUT THE OFFICE OF STAFF COUNSEL
The Office of Staff Counsel is the Court’s central legal staff. Its attorneys and support staff assist in the disposition of appeals through the preparation of legal memoranda and proposed opinions and orders in cases in which a party is proceeding without an attorney and in fully counseled cases decided by the Court without oral argument. The types of cases typically assigned to the Office of Staff Counsel include (1) all pro se appeals, including collateral attacks on criminal convictions by state and federal prisoners and civil rights suits under both 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens; (2) direct criminal appeals; (3) civil appeals of decisions by district courts and federal agencies that reflect the full range of issues presented in federal proceedings, including such matters as employment discrimination; contract disputes; immigration matters; tax and bankruptcy issues; and the award or denial of Social Security disability and Black Lung benefits; (4) substantive and procedural motions in civil and criminal appeals, including requests for bail; to dismiss appeals; for stays; for certificates of appealability in appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241, 2254, and 2255; for appointment of counsel; to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis; and to file successive post-conviction relief motions; and (5) other legal research matters assigned by the Chief Judge.
Applicants must have (1) a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school; (2) membership in good standing in the bar of a state or the bar of a territorial or federal court of general jurisdiction;
(3) expertise in federal appellate, civil, and criminal procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence; and an informed understanding of the processes of constitutional and statutory analysis; and (4) at least ten years of post Juris Doctor legal experience, including a minimum of three years of federal court experience and five years of executive management responsibility.
Qualified applicants also will possess excellent academic credentials; superior analytic, research and writing skills; outstanding written and oral communication abilities; strong interpersonal skills; a demonstrated ability to manage professional staff; an appreciation for the authority of federal judges; and the ability to work effectively and comfortably with senior Court staff.