Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 04, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) provides executive leadership and central policy and management direction to the EOUST, the U.S. Trustees, and their staffs. Additionally, the Director carries out the mission of the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP or Program) to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders-debtors, creditors, and the public.

The Program is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has 21 regions managed by U.S. Trustees with 90 field offices supervised by Assistant U.S. Trustees and a staff of approximately 1,000 employees, consisting primarily of attorneys, financial analysts, paralegals, and administrative, information technology, and other support staff. In addition, the USTP appoints and oversees about 1,200 private trustees (not government employees) who administer bankruptcy cases under chapters 7, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code; maintains pools of about 250 individuals who are appointed on a case-by-case basis as chapter 11 subchapter V trustees; and approves and monitors more than 200 credit counseling agencies and debtor education providers that offer statutorily required services to individual debtors.

Primary Responsibilities:

-Provides executive leadership and central policy and management direction to the USTP to establish and execute the Program's organizational vision, culture, and goals and ensure the proper administration, monitoring, and oversight of all federal bankruptcy cases. Monitors operations and oversees the Program's litigation activities to ensure that employees and business practices are consistent and comply with the Program's legal positions and regulatory and legal requirements. Ensures criminal violations are referred to law enforcement partners.

-Exercises full managerial authority over the USTP, including: directing activities, framing strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluation of long-term organizational objectives; overseeing and determining the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; identifying the need for major organizational improvements, developing the requisite plans, and direct implementing actions; and overseeing and directing the internal organization, staffing, policies, and personnel authorities required to carry out the responsibilities of the Program.

-Serves as a consultant within the Department of Justice (DOJ) on all matters concerning bankruptcy. Collaborates with top DOJ officials and maintains liaison and builds coalitions with other DOJ components, the judiciary, federal and state agencies, Congress, national trustee organizations, bankruptcy-related professional organizations, and international insolvency organizations on legal matters which involve or impact bankruptcy law. Regularly consults with the U.S. Trustees on legal strategies on cases of importance to the Program and to ensure a common understanding of legal issues.

-Maintains direct involvement in the oversight of difficult and precedent-setting cases or cases of unusual complexity or sensitivity. Determines the Program's strategies in such cases and ensures pleadings, motions, interrogatories, findings of fact, other documentation, as well as presentations in court or in settlement negotiations, are of the highest caliber.

-Seeks to secure correct, uniform, and fair interpretations of bankruptcy and related laws in federal district and appellate courts, and to ensure that uniform standards are applied in prosecutions. Assists the Office of the Solicitor General on appeals to the Supreme Court as needed.

-Analyzes and reviews proposed legislation that may affect the Program or is related to the work of the USTP and assists in formulating DOJ's position by commenting on or making recommendations to revise, support, or oppose such legislation. Testifies before Congressional committees on legislation or inquiries regarding the work of the USTP as required.

-Oversees the development and execution of the Program's budget, managing financial and personnel resources to ensure appropriate deployment of assets to meet mission.

-Attends and speaks at national conferences and consortiums on bankruptcy law matters and issues that are of current important to the Program and the DOJ.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check for the security level designated for this position.
  • You will be required to undergo a drug screening and obtain favorable results prior to being appointed.
  • You may be subject to a one-year probationary period effective from the date in which you are appointed.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be deemed eligible. Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.

    Note regarding COVID-19: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


    The application process used to recruit for this position is TRADITIONAL METHOD. The applicant must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) as separate narrative statements not to exceed 8 pages. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    We recommend that your application emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

    MTQ1: Extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law and rules with a proven ability to successfully develop, convey, and implement positions, policies, and practices across a highly decentralized environment.

    MTQ2: Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse members of the legal and governmental community, including the bench, bar associations, members of Congress and congressional staff, the media, academics, trustee organizations, professional organizations, and other stakeholders in the bankruptcy system.

    MTQ3: Demonstrated knowledge of law and regulations applicable to the administration of a large federal agency, including but not limited to, appropriations and financial management, government procurement, federal employment, Equal Employment Opportunity, appointment of inferior officers, personnel and physical security, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, management and security of information technology systems, and administrative law (e.g., Administrative Procedure Act and Paperwork Reduction Act, applicable OMB Circulars, and related mandatory guidance.)

    MTQ4: Executive level experience in government/business policy and program analysis that contributes to effective executive-level strategic planning, policy development, and execution of major new programs and initiatives impacting both consumer and business bankruptcy cases and enforcement activities

    Additionally, your demonstrated leadership ability and the evidence of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must be addressed as separate narrative statements not to exceed ten (10) pages. Applications without separate narrative statements will not be considered.

    Note: Applicants who have completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. Candidates must still satisfy the MTQs of the position.

    ECQ1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information at . A copy of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at


    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, have at least 10 years of relevant post-J.D. experience, and be an active member of the bar in good standing of a state, U.S. Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Important: Applicants are responsible for citing J.D. and bar membership information (i.e. institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes.

    Additional information

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: .

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    Reasonable Accommodation
    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Legal and Regulatory Guidance
    • Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number may be requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
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    • Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
    • False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
    • Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.