$105,199-$170,800 (CL 30)*
San Francisco, CA, or an alternative duty station within the Ninth Circuit

*Actual salary based upon qualifications, experience, and duty station

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 Office of the Circuit Executive!

About the Office

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is a newly created position in the Office of Workplace Relations. The Office of Workplace Relations was established in January 2019 and was the first office of its kind in the federal judiciary. The Office of Workplace Relations leads the Ninth Circuit’s efforts in preventing and resolving workplace issues. The Office of Workplace Relations is part of the broader Office of the Circuit Executive (OCE).

The OCE serves the Ninth Judicial Circuit of United States. It is the largest federal circuit in the country, comprising nine western states and two territories. The Office serves the Court of Appeals as well as the District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Probation and Pretrial Offices, and Federal Public Defenders.

The OCE was created by statute to provide professional administrative staffing to circuit councils, which are composed primarily of judges engaged full-time in deciding cases. The OCE provides administrative support to the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and its various committees. It also provides direct services to all the judicial court units in the Circuit. All OCE responsibilities flow from directives of the Judicial Council or the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. The OCE is organized around the council’s core functions.

The OCE is committed to providing professional support to the judicial council and courts of the Ninth Circuit and ensuring the highest level of public trust in the administration of justice. This support includes identifying needs, conducting studies, proactively developing and implementing innovative policies, providing training, public information and human resources support, coordinating building and IT projects, and advising the council on procedural and ethical matters.

About the Role

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (DEIO) reports directly to the Director of Workplace Relations (Director). The DEIO collaborates with the Director on developing and implementing strategic initiatives and best practices with respect to DEI matters in the workplace. The DEIO provides expert guidance on DEI issues to judges, court unit executives (CUEs) and judiciary employees circuit-wide. The DEIO functions with a high degree of independence and discretion, with broad direction from the Director. Representative duties include:

  • Lead the Ninth Circuit’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for judicial employees, including strategic initiatives, communications, programming, training, and guidance.
  • Provide court units circuit-wide with sound advice, expert guidance, and recommendations on DEI matters, including explanations of best practices developed from evidence-based research, and coordination of internal and external resources.
  • Develop and direct in-depth training to judges, CUEs, supervisors, and judiciary personnel on DEI-related matters, including implicit bias, cultural competency, and allyship.
  • Serve as an expert on DEI and related issues for the circuit judicial council and applicable committees, and the court of appeals. Staff judicial council committees as assigned and conduct research, analyze alternatives, prepare appropriate recommendations, and identify courses of action on matters submitted to judicial council committees.
  • Work with HR Director to design, develop, and execute DEI-related training programs, including but not limited to, new employee orientation, in-service workshops on technical and professional development topics, and management/leadership training.
  • Collaborate with HR Director, judges, CUEs and supervisors to develop strategies and programs for the recruitment, integration, promotion, and retention of diverse staff. Ensure policies, rules, and procedures align with DEI best practices and evidence-based research.
  • Develop best practices guides for addressing DEI matters in the workplace.
  • Manage funds and formulate annual budget estimates for training activities and professional development opportunities. Evaluate and measure the unit’s overall training initiative and make recommendations which meet unit goals and objectives.
  • Develop and initiate employment surveys and track and analyze data and identify trends. Make recommendations to the chief circuit judge, circuit executive, CUEs and judicial council based on in-depth analysis.
  • Develop metrics to assess effectiveness of strategic goals, objectives, and priorities. Monitor and report progress toward those goals.
  • Assist CUEs in responding to and addressing accessibility concerns from external users.
  • Assist the DWR in representing the Ninth Circuit in defining national workplace policies and training and communication mechanisms and facilitate discussion with constituent groups to propose changes in policies.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Office of Workplace Relations to develop training or programming in response to EDR complaints.

Required Qualifications

  • This position calls for a minimum of five years of progressive experience and achievement as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer or similar position, with a minimum of two years of senior leadership experience in the diversity field.
  • Thorough knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion theory and best practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; Juris Doctor from an ABA-approved law school or Ph.D. preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with judges and staff in a court system employment environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in a variety of contexts and appropriately maintain confidentiality in complex situations that may involve internal or public scrutiny.
  • Extensive experience with implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives through to execution.
  • Skill in collaborative problem solving and consensus building.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • Skill in strategic planning for short- and long-term training programs.
  • Superior writing, speaking, listening and presentation skills.
  • Advanced ability to think critically and strategically, and to develop and implement innovative programs and practices.
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence and track record of building strong working relationships with colleagues in diverse roles.

Position Details

Location: Position is based in the architectural landmark courthouse at Mission and 7th Street in San Francisco, where court staff is headquartered, or an alternative duty station within the Ninth Circuit. Occasional travel within the Ninth Circuit may be required.

Rewards & Perks

Salary: $105,199-$170,800 (CL 30), depending on qualifications and experience and duty station.

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; eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 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.

Next Steps

Priority given to applications received by September 15, 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.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, for any reason including, but not limited to, budgetary issues. Said modifications may occur without prior written or other notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer