The United States Trustee Program is a litigating component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsiblefor overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in federal bankruptcy courts across the United States – including chapter 7 and 13 cases filed by consumer debtors, chapter 12 cases filed by family farmers orfishermen, and complex chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. The Program’s mission is to promote theintegrity and efficiency of the nation’s bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the American public. The Program was established by Congress more than 30 years ago to act as the “watchdog” of the bankruptcy system, with a headquarters in Washington, DC, led by a Director; 21 Regions managed by United States Trustees; and 90 field offices in 44 states each managed by an Assistant United States Trustee.
The USTP is the only participant in the bankruptcy process uniquely positioned to address multijurisdictional misconduct or other issues of national scope that give rise to systemic fraud and abuse, while also effectively combatting local matters affecting the integrity of the bankruptcy system. In FY 2018, the Program took more than 30,000 actions, in and out of court, for a potential monetary impact of $2.8 billion; participated in approximately 100 appeals; and, made more than 2,200 criminal referrals to our federal law enforcement partners. In addition, the Program appoints and supervises approximately 1,300 private trustees who distribute about $10 billion annually; approves credit counselors and financial education providers; determines whether consumer debtors qualify for chapter 7 relief under the means test; and, review chapter 11 operating reports.
For more information about the United States Trustee Program, visit the Program’s web site at https://www.justice.gov/ust. For more information about the San Jose, CA, field office, visit the web site at https://www.justice.gov/ust-regions-r17. San Jose information can be found at: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/visitors.asp.
The Program is seeking experienced attorney applicants for the position of Assistant United States Trustee to lead and manage the San Jose, California, field office that oversees bankruptcy cases filed in the San Jose Division of the Northern District of California (Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties).
As the Assistant United States Trustee, the typical duties include the following:
- Manage and oversee the administration of the field office, including all bankruptcy cases filed in the judicial district served by the office;
- Advise and partner with the Executive Office and the United States Trustee on policy questions, legal issues of national importance arising in cases, and other significant matters to enhance the Program’s mission locally, and help develop and implement policies and strategies designed to faithfully execute a uniform application of bankruptcy law;
- Supervise and manage a staff of trial attorneys, auditors, paralegals, and support staff, including assigning and monitoring work at the office and regional level in accordance with principles of shared staffing and functional consolidation;
- Oversee and assist in difficult, complex, or precedent-setting bankruptcy cases and in developing and implementing civil enforcement and litigation strategies to address fraud and abuse identified in bankruptcy cases;
- Carry a caseload of civil enforcement, chapter 11, and trustee oversight matters;
- Participate or provide oversight in all appellate matters before the Bankruptcy Court Appellate Panel (if applicable), the United States District Court, and the United States Courts of Appeal;
- Appoint and supervise all private trustees who administer bankruptcy cases filed under chapter 7, 13, and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code;
- Provide outreach to other interested constituents and those involved in the bankruptcy systems such as the bankruptcy court, the bar, other federal and state agencies, including public speaking and conducting training, as appropriate;
- Work with the Program’s federal and state law enforcement partners to report criminal activity identified through bankruptcy case oversight; and,
- Work on other national projects and priorities as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials, superior oral and written communication skills, good judgment, and the ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment. Further, an applicant must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing; and, have at least five years post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience advocating on behalf of clients, interpreting, or applying provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases.
Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have:
- Three or more years’ experience in management and personnel supervision;
- A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems, interpreting statutory provisions, developing litigation strategies, and superior trial practice skills;
- Have outstanding organizational skills and the ability to address a broad array of issues arising in a large volume of cases;
- The ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects;
- The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities;
- Demonstrated initiative and creativity;
- Strong information technology skills, including using data bases and IT systems to manage work;
- Experience working with or for federal agencies; and,
- A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
If selected for this position, you will be required to provide official proof of J.D. Degree and Bar Membership (including certification of good standing) before a firm job offer is extended.
This vacancy announcement is open to ALL U.S. CITIZENS
To apply, interested candidates must submit as one PDF document:
- A current resume that details months and years of education and employment, and states the month and year of earliest bar admission;
- A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s interest in the position, and addresses in detail how all qualifications are met;
- A short writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant’s work and should include legal analysis;
- DD Form 214, Certficate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy) (if applicable);
- If you are a current or former Federal employee, most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action;
- CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable); and,
- Schedule (A) documentation, (if applicable).
Email the document to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line AUST-San Jose-08-2019.