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December 2010


How to Become a Bounty Hunter

Attorney For U.S. Trustee Program

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Announcement Number: 10-49-14001

The Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) is seeking an experienced attorney from within the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) to serve as the Assistant Director for the Office of Criminal Enforcement. The EOUST oversees the work of the USTP by providing leadership, central policy and management direction, and administrative services to 95 field offices.

About the Office: The USTP promotes the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws, providing oversight of private trustees, and maintaining operational excellence. The USTP carries out administrative, regulatory, and litigation responsibilities under titles 11 and 28 of the United States Code, and engages in significant civil and criminal enforcement efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The USTP employee who fills this position will be the senior manager responsible for providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of a national program to effectively detect and refer for investigation and prosecution criminal conduct within the bankruptcy system.

Duties will include the design and implementation of a criminal enforcement strategic plan; coordination with and assistance to United States Attorneys offices, other Department of Justice components (including the FBI), and federal and state law enforcement agencies (e.g., Postal Inspectors, Secret Service, Inspectors General, and State Attorneys General) in the referral and prosecution of criminal cases; and the training of USTP staff, private trustees, enforcement partners, and others with an interest in the USTPs work in the criminal area The Assistant Director is responsible for the development of reporting and accountability systems for and the supervision of staff assigned to the Office, including those in headquarters and field office locations.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctorate degree and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have at least ten years of post-J.D. legal experience at the Federal level.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with white collar crime prosecution is highly preferred.  Exceptional management experience; superior written and oral communication skills; good judgment; demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment; and familiarity with bankruptcy law, complex business and financial matters, and investigative procedures and practices are preferred.

Travel: The work of the Assistant Director will require extensive travel to headquarters as well as USTP offices and Federal courts around the country.

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-15 ($123,758 – $155,500 per annum). Promotion potential: GS-15.

Location: The successful candidate will be based in his/her home office, although extensive travel is required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a resume (or an OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment), a performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months, the latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), two recent writing samples relating to the handling of criminal matters, and a cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications via email to: or via mail to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
Human Resources Division
20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 8212
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Velicia M. Jacobs
Ref: 10-49-14001

The application package must be received by the closing date of the announcement, which is 12/20/2010.

No telephone calls please.

Internet Site: This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the Internet at:

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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