Information Systems Manager
Company: US District Court
Location: Cedar Rapids
Posted on: February 14, 2020
The Clerk's Office of the United States District Court for the
Northern District of Iowa is seeking applications for a full-time,
permanent Information Systems Manager. The Information Systems
Manager reports directly to the Chief Deputy and the Clerk of
Court. The Information Systems Manager provides leadership to a
team of professionals and is the project manager for the court's
automated information systems and technologies.
The Information Systems Manager oversees long and short-term
planning; research and development; systems analysis and
integration; IT policy setting; IT budgeting; automation training;
and operational maintenance/support. Technologies supported include
the following areas: local and wide area networks; Internet and
Intranet services; telecommunications and video conferencing;
courtroom technology; jury management systems; electronic case
management systems; property management system; and numerous
PC-based automation applications.
The Northern District of Iowa is a Federal District Court with
offices and courthouses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Sioux City, Iowa.
This position will require periodic travel between courthouses. The
Clerk's Office currently consists of 23 employees and provides
administrative support for five Judges and their staff. The court
embraces state of the art technology in electronic case management
and courtroom presentation equipment.
While duties may vary, it is anticipated that the duties will
include the following:
- Manages a team of technical professionals by assigning and
approving work, establishing performance goals and standards,
setting deadlines, evaluating performance, and recommending
personnel actions. Assists with the selection of candidates for
vacant IT positions and recommends disciplinary actions and
promotions for IT staff. Oversees the daily operation of the
department to include analyzing workflow, establishing priorities,
and setting deadlines. Conducts regular IT staff meetings and
communicates operational status and relevant information to
- Evaluates the organization's technology needs. Develops and
implements both short-term and long-range automation improvement
plans by considering the court unit's needs, objectives, and
capabilities and anticipating future requirements. Performs quality
checks and approves the efficiency and effectiveness of all systems
and programs prior to implementation. Creates flow charts and forms
that are well designed, clear, and easy to understand. Formulates,
recommends, implements, and enforces appropriate policies,
procedures, and standards. Develops solutions to problems and
procedures for accomplishing objectives.
- Manages courtroom technology and telecommunications
capabilities. Maintains oversight of the quality of web development
and management to ensure users' needs are consistently met. Manages
remote and mobile information systems. Maintains oversight of the
court unit's automation equipment and property inventory.
- Provides technical advice and recommendations to assist CUEs in
defining information technology needs and objectives. Develops
specific system features to satisfy unique, local needs of the
court. Makes adaptations to national systems and/or participates in
the planning for, and the acquisition of, specific systems for the
court unit. Develops cost benefit analysis for various information
technology projects. Meets established deadlines and
- Ensures the effectiveness of security systems for hardware,
software, networks, data, physical property, and equipment. Manages
the IT Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and ensures annual
testing and plan updates. Develops and implements short-term and
long-range automation plans in such areas as automation security,
disaster prevention and recovery.
- Plans, manages and controls IT budgets, expenditures, and
property and equipment procurement activities in consultation with
management. Assesses and replaces court's hardware to meet users'
- Meets regularly with supervisors, judges, CUEs, other court
units, and vendors to determine IT needs, recommends viable
solutions, and maintains collaborative relationships. Reports
regularly to judges, court unit executives, supervisors and other
court units on the status and priorities of ongoing IT activities,
including anticipation of future requirements.
- Develops presentations, data, and technical briefings on IT
related topics. Establishes and ensures effective training in
system use and capabilities. Remains current regarding emerging
technologies and how they interface with systems. Ensures IT staff
are properly trained to effectively complete their respective
- Oversees the planning, procurement, installation, maintenance,
and operation of the following business critical systems ensuring
the work of the court is not adversely affected: electronic case
management systems; jury/e-Juror systems; local network file
servers; property management systems; financial management systems;
electronic leave tracking systems; CJA systems; courtroom
technology systems; telecommunications systems; Intranet and
Internet systems; and Storage Area Network (SAN) systems.
- Ensures adherence to national IT policies and requirements.
Complies with the Guide to Judiciary Policy, the Human Resources
Manual, applicable Administrative Office policies and procedures
and internal controls guidelines.
- Addresses other duties as assigned.
Applicants must be a United States Citizen or eligible to work in
the United States. High School Diploma or GED is required.
Preferred Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college
or university in information technology or a field closely related
to the subject matter of the position is preferred.
To qualify for the CL-29, the candidate must possess a minimum of
two years of specialized experience, including at least one-year
equivalent to work at the CL-28.
To qualify for the CL-30, the candidate must possess a minimum of
two years of specialized experience, including at least one-year
equivalent to work at the CL-29 level.
Specialized Experience: The candidate must meet the qualification
standards applicable to positions for the highest level of work
effectively supervised. Specialized experience includes
progressively responsible administrative, technical, professional,
supervisory or managerial experience that provided an opportunity
to gain skill in developing the interpersonal work relationships
needed to lead a team of employees; the ability to exercise mature
judgment; and knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, and
theories of management and the ability to understand the managerial
policies applicable to the judiciary unit involved.
Preferred Experience: Prior supervisory or management experience is
preferred. Candidates should, at a minimum, be able to discuss
management and staff development philosophies.
The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
is critical. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills
and must be able to effectively communicate with technical support
staff and non-technical users. The candidate must be able to
maintain complete and highly accurate records and files.
Excellent organization skills, the ability to respond to requests
on short notice, and the ability to manage multiple tasks and
stringent deadlines are essential.
The candidate must exercise good judgment, flexibility, and
The benefits include participation in the Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS) and Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar
to a 401K plan with employer matching contributions, Federal
Employees Health Benefits, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance,
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Programs, Flexible Benefits
Program, Long Term Care insurance, 10 paid holidays provided
annually, paid vacation and sick leave.
Please visit http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits for
All court employees are in the excepted service and are required to
adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is
provided to each employee.
All employees of the court (except Law Enforcement Officers) are
considered "at will" employees and may be terminated with or
The applicant selected for this position will be required to submit
to and successfully complete a full background investigation which
includes fingerprinting, criminal record checks, and a credit
check. Every five years thereafter, he/she will be subject to an
updated background investigation similar to the initial one. The
Information Systems Manager position is a highly-sensitive position
within the federal judiciary. Therefore, the selected will be hired
provisionally pending a successful completion of the investigation.
Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
This position is subject to mandatory electronic direct deposit of
The court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
The court is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes
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