Full Job Description
Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County-Columbus
Work Locations: Ohio Judicial Center 65 South Front Street Columbus 43215
Organization: Supreme Court of Ohio
Classified Indicator: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt
Compensation: Range $90,000 – $100,000
Unposting Date: Nov 5, 2021, 10:59:00 PM
Job Function: Attorney/Legal
Job Level: Individual ContributorAgency Contact Name: Office of Human Resources
Agency Contact Information: Recruiting@sc.ohio.gov
The Supreme Court of Ohio is seeking to fill the position of Mediation Counsel in the Dispute Resolution Section of the Office of Court Services. In conjunction with the section manager, the Mediation Counsel will assist in the operations of the Dispute Resolution Section and serve as the primary mediator for litigants with cases before the Supreme Court and the Court of Claims of Ohio.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Conducts mediation for cases pending before the Supreme Court and the Court of Claims; reviews and analyzes pleadings, motions, transcripts, exhibits, and briefs to create an effective mediation strategy; examines alternative solutions; schedules, conducts, and manages mediation cases in collaboration with Supreme Court and Court of Claims offices; creates status reports and statistical analysis; monitors settlement agreements to ensure effective case management.
- Coordinates the development and delivery of dispute resolution services for disputes arising among state, county, and local public officials throughout Ohio.
- Monitors, interprets, and synthesizes dispute resolution related trends and research, including state and federal legislation, statutes, rules, case law, policies, and procedures to provide recommendations and regular reports for judges, magistrates, court personnel, the Commission on Dispute Resolution, and relevant external agencies and Supreme Court and Court of Claims staff.
- Drafts dispute resolution rules and standards; creates best practices, forms, and other resources to promote efficient and effective dispute resolution program operations.
- Under direction of Section Manager, works collaboratively with the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution; provides staff support for subcommittees; maintains productive relationships with other appropriate national, state and local agencies. Attends state and national seminars, participates in appropriate bar association committee activities and otherwise.
- Reviews and makes recommendations to approve or deny applications for training programs pursuant to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.
- Makes presentations to professional groups and training sessions; participates in regional and national associations that relate to dispute resolution programs.
- Researches and analyzes development and implementation of new programs and policies; develops new training initiatives.
- Provides supervision of student intern/externships and fellowships.
- Participates in other duties as assigned.
- Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is required.
- Requires an active Ohio law license in good standing (or ability to obtain an Ohio law license within six months of employment).
- Requires a minimum of six years’ of experience practicing law.
- Requires a valid driver’s license.
- Requires availability for statewide, overnight travel and nontraditional work hours.
- Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, meet deadlines, and creativity in situations including, but not limited to, legal negotiations. Requires the ability to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally (including public speaking), with supervisor, co-workers, justices, judges, attorneys, litigants, court personnel and/or the public.
- Experience using dispute resolution methods to resolve cases at both trial and appellate levels and experience serving as a mediator is preferred.
- Experience working with cases filed in the Court of Claims of Ohio is preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint is required.
- Special Requirements: This position is regularly exposed to sensitive information and the incumbent is expected to keep any such information strictly confidential.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is an at-will employer that seeks to attract, employ, and retain highly skilled and motivated individuals, attempts to maintain staff continuity for the efficiency of its operation, and desires to foster and maintain an ethical, professional, and impartial work environment. Pursuant to Adm. P. 4 (At-Will Employment), no person shall be offered or denied a position of employment with the Court, and no employee shall have the employee’s employment terminated based upon political party affiliation, political activity permitted under Adm. P. 17 (Employee Code of Ethics), or other partisan considerations. Further, no employee shall have the employee’s employment terminated with or without cause unless upon the concurrence of a majority of the Court.
Major Worker Characteristics:
The Court seeks to recruit and retain talented individuals with a commitment to public service.
This is an exempt unclassified position, reporting to the Manager, Dispute Resolution.
The starting salary range, which is commensurate with experience, is $90,000 – $100,000.
The Supreme Court of Ohio offers a generous compensation package which includes salaries reviewed annually for market adjustments; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan (OPERS); tuition reimbursement; flex time; and paid vacation, personal and sick time earned in the first month of employment.
Formal consideration of interested applicants responding to this will begin October 18, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at www.careers.ohio.gov and attach all of the following:
- Complete application online
- Complete the supplemental questions online
- Upload a resume
- Upload a cover letter with Salary Requirements
- Upload a list of three professional references
Only completed applications will be considered. In response to your application, this system will send you a confirmation email. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as practical. We will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Please do not duplicate your application and please, no phone inquiries.
Out of state applicants may apply; however, The Supreme Court of Ohio does not reimburse travel or relocation expenses.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug-free, and a weapons and violence free, work environment.
Background Check Information
The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.