Court Administrator


Court Administrator

Elkhart Circuit and Superior Courts

Elkhart County, Indiana

The Court Administrator (CA) is the chief administrative officer of the Elkhart Circuit and Superior Courts, general jurisdiction trial courts consisting of seven judges, three magistrates and a IV-D Commissioner. All court staff are employees at will, and the CA serves at the pleasure of the Judges.

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About the Court

· The Court serves Elkhart County population of approximately 205,000 residents.

· The Courts conduct proceedings in two court buildings in Elkhart and Goshen and at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility.

· The budget for all Courts in 2020 is nearly $3.5 million

About the position

Under the general direction of the Judges, the CA is responsible for the management and administration of non-judicial functions of the court. Administrative functions include court operations, budget, personnel, jury management, court reporting, technology and information systems, media-services, court interpreting and facilities management.

The CA is expected to provide innovative and creative leadership to formulate and execute non-judicial policy and evaluate its effectiveness. The CA is responsible for solving complex problems in a collaborative manner. The CA must develop and maintain cooperative relationships with officials at the Indiana Office of Court Services, Elkhart County executive branch and fiscal body leaders, as well as other elected officials and appointed department heads in Elkhart county government.

Examples of essential duties include, but are not limited to:

v Directs all administrative functions of the Court, including court operations, fiscal, budgetary, personnel, payroll, accounting, recordkeeping and courtroom staffing.

v Provides general direction to and supervision of the employees of the court and administers personnel policies. Hires, disciplines and terminates non-judicial employees of the Court at the direction of the Judges.

v Manages, prepares, maintains and distributes comprehensive financial and statistical records and reports related to budget, personnel, caseload allocation and juror utilization.

v Reviews, certifies and signs payroll and claims for payment for supplies, services and capital expenses within each court budget, assuring proper accounting and financial controls.

v Meets with the Judges regarding matters related to the operations of the Courts.

v Makes recommendations to the Judges on budget priorities. Directs the preparation, presentation and implementation of the Court budgets, including accounting, payroll and forecasting. Employs sound budget and fiscal management practices to ensure that annual expenditures are within the Court’s budget.

v Plans and implements administrative operational programs and policies for the Court, including organizational policies and procedures, personnel plans, jury management, Information Technology and automated systems, and administrative record-keeping.

v Develops, recommends and implements the Court’s safety and security plan in cooperation with state and local officials.

v Prepares, submits and administers grants to assist the court in securing supplemental resources for certified foreign-language interpreters, improving access to the courts, and for court improvement projects.

v Frequent interaction with departmental directors, staff attorneys and others at Indiana Office of Court Services related to Caseload Allocation Plans, local rules, financial and statistical reporting, committees and related administrative matters.

v Facilitates revisions, posting for public comment and submission of proposed local rules, interacting with judges, the local bar, the clerk’s Office and the Indiana Office of Court Services. Maintains full set of local rules.

v At the invitation of the Indiana Supreme Court and its agencies, serves on various state-wide committees related to court personnel, court security, records management, E-filing. May also serve as faculty for statewide court employee training programs.

v Serves as Public Information Officer for the Court, drafting press releases; coordinates media relations in high profile cases.

v Performs other duties as directed by the Court.

Qualifications and competencies

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in public, judicial or business administration; criminal justice; accounting; or a related social science; and three years of substantial management experience, preferably in court, judicial or legal administration.

A Juris Doctor, Master’s Degree or National Center for State Courts (NCSC) ICM Fellow is preferred. NCSC ICM Fellow may be substituted for three years of management experience.

The selected applicant must possess highly developed skills and expertise in organizational leadership, management of complex organizations, supervision, and communication. He/she must have the ability to demonstrate leadership in the administration of the courts through respect, integrity, innovation, flexibility, accountability, and excellence.

CA must be able to frequently and extensively interact with judges and be comfortable with and confident about integrating, employing, and responding to numerous streams of information and sometimes conflicting demands. This individual must be capable of formulating and implementing plans in a timely and efficient manner once goals and policies have been established by the Judges.

It is essential for the individual in this position to possess the ability to articulately describe the judicial function and the role of the courts within our system of government; have the ability to present court interests and values before the executive branch and the fiscal body; work with the leadership of the state and national organizations, and effectively represent the courts before the public and to the media.

CA must be able to effectively establish priorities, deploying limited resources in an environment having a wide range of competing demands and deadlines.

Applications available electronically: (click APPLY)

Working Conditions

The CA position is full-time, exempt and not eligible for overtime compensation. The normal business hours for the Court are Monday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Occasional after hours work is required. The CA must be able to use and have strong skills and experience in the use of spreadsheets and standard business software applications.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $80,000.00 to $95,000.00, commensurate with education, training and experience. Competitive compensation package includes health, dental and vision insurance through Elkhart County Government, retirement plan (PERF/INPRS), life insurance, a self-funded deferred compensation plan 457b, free employee health and wellness clinic, paid vacation and sick time and other services.

How to apply

Applications available electronically: (click APPLY)

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $95,000.00 /year


  • Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off