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Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings

Posted 4 months ago

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans. OAH is hiring a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, an exciting executive-level leadership position for all administrative staff and services at OAH. This is the equivalent position to “Court Administrator” in the judicial branch. This is a hybrid work opportunity, working at least four days in our St. Paul office per 2-week pay period. The posting is open until April 24, 2024, at midnight. 

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer position

The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer provides executive-level leadership for all administrative staff and services at OAH. The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer is OAH’s highest-level classified manager and serves as a member of OAH’s senior leadership team with the Chief Administrative Law Judge and Deputy Chief Judge.

Minimum qualifications

  • Either:
    • Five years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources, Financial Operations, Business Operations, Business Administration, or Public Administration, of which three are managerial; or
    • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources, Financial Operations, Business Operations, Business Administration, or Public Administration, of which five are supervisory. 
  • And experience must demonstrate:
    • Strength in using business organization principles, policies, procedures, and practices to coordinate diverse programmatic elements into a unified overall program that advance an organization’s value-based mission and vision.
    • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to accomplish a wide range of complex tasks, motivate collaboration and cooperation across teams, and manage change with integrity and credibility.
    • Analysis, decision-making, and problem-solving skills sufficient to evaluate current policy, operational, and budget challenges and to recommend and implement appropriate solutions.
    • Interculturally competent communication and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to create and support a community culture of inclusion across human commonality and difference.
    • Facilitation skills sufficient to guide teams and executive leaders in making difficult decisions in challenging circumstances.

Preferred qualifications

  1. Knowledge of human resources sufficient to oversee all human resource activities at the court, including talent management, compensation and employee benefits, training and development, compliance, and workplace safety.
  2. Accounting skills, including extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), to direct the daily operation of the court’s accounting system, ensuring appropriate levels of controls are established and maintained.
  3. Information technology and application capabilities sufficient to identify opportunities for process redesign and improvement; ability to evaluate recommendations and services provided by IT vendors; and make recommendations for needed changes.
  4. Knowledge of the legislative process, including the ability to identify statutory or rule-based barriers to productivity and cost-effectiveness, and to propose legislative solutions.
  5. Experience working in court systems.

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Hybrid work (at least four days in the office per 2-week pay period)
  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program


Apply for Deputy Chief Administrative Officer position

Apply online at using job ID 74054.

Applications require a cover letter, resume, application, and writing sample.

If you know someone who would be perfect for this role, please encourage them to apply!

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About OAH

The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings is Minnesota’s administrative court. OAH renders justice through fair, timely, and impartial administrative hearings and high-quality dispute resolution services. OAH is an energetic, responsive, and respected service provider to Minnesotans, state and local governments, and the workers’ compensation system. 

OAH is the largest of three Executive Branch Courts with over sixty full-time equivalents located in St. Paul and Duluth. OAH, with 30 judges, is comparable in size to the Ramsey County District Court with 32 judges.

OAH has exclusive, trial-level jurisdiction over 200 unique areas of administrative law and workers’ compensation. This means the decisions of OAH are appealable to higher-level appellate courts (Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals) and not at trial-level district courts.


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