Program Specialist

Washington, D.C
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Program Services (DPS), Court Services Office (CSO), Programs Division. The incumbent will manage the Federal Judiciary's Bankruptcy Noticing Program which includes overseeing all aspects of the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) and being a subject matter expert on the operational aspects of bankruptcy noticing.
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The incumbent will provide highly technical guidance to the Judicial Conference, Administrative Office management and staff, and the judiciary's advisory groups. Typical work includes conducting analyses and advocating for policy and operational changes that help save costs in bankruptcy court noticing, and continuing to expand electronic bankruptcy noticing.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Overseeing vendor performance during a multi-year, multimillion dollar BNC contract, working closely with the BNC contracting officer's representative to ensure effective administration of the contract, and ordering software development from the vendor that meets program goals.
  • Staffing the AO's Bankruptcy Noticing Working Group -- a group of bankruptcy court executives that provide advice on improving BNC operations and software, judiciary systems that interface with the BNC, and bankruptcy court operations related to noticing.
  • Providing subject matter expertise, and operational guidance and support, to Judicial Conference Committees that create policies and rules related to bankruptcy noticing, AO decision-makers, and various AO offices.
  • Serving as a liaison between the bankruptcy court community, BNC, and software developers that build and maintain judiciary systems. This includes helping document bankruptcy noticing needs and translating those needs into detailed systems requirements to maintain and expand BNC functionality. Tasks include working closely with systems administrators and IT security professionals to ensure that changes to connected judiciary systems are coordinated so as not to interrupt the operations of the BNC.
  • Coordinating technical changes to the BNC operations and connected judiciary systems that are necessitated by amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Rules, and Judicial Conference policy changes.
  • Providing expert advice and guidance to agency and court personnel on noticing program issues.
  • Building and maintaining collaborations across multiple AO offices, Judicial Conference committee staffs, and bankruptcy court staff to create and implement bankruptcy noticing improvements.
  • Presenting bankruptcy noticing-related guidance and information to chief bankruptcy judges, AO advisory groups, bankruptcy clerks of court, and others as the subject matter expert.
  • Providing training or delivering speeches at judiciary conferences on bankruptcy noticing procedures.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience with program management and/or bankruptcy operations in a court or other complex organization.


    This job series does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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