Clerk of Court
Position: Clerk of Court
Vacancy Announcement: 21-01
Position Location: 750 Missouri Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois
Salary Range: JSP 15‐17 ($129,956 ‐ $175,044), depending upon qualifications and experience
Starting Date: November 1, 2021
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois is seeking a highly qualified
professional with experience in leading a complex, innovative, and fast-paced organization to serve as
the new Clerk of Court after its present Clerk retires.
The position is based in East St Louis but requires occasional travel to Benton. The clerk’s office currently
has 19 staff and provides operational and administrative support to the Court’s Chief Judge and
The position requires a dynamic individual with superior management abilities and technical expertise.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are vital, along with a proven record of leadership
As the chief executive officer of the Court, the Clerk of Court is responsible for the management of all
non-judicial functions and activities of the court. The Clerk of Court plays an integral role in directing the
daily operations of the clerk’s office.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manages the administrative activities of the clerk’s office and oversees the performance of the
statutory duties of the office.
- Consults with and makes recommendations to the judges regarding court policies and
- Analyzes and implements statutes, rules and procedures affecting the operations of the Court.
- Oversees the development and execution of the court budget; implements long- and short- term
- Serves as a liaison to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Seventh Circuit, the U.S.
Trustee, the bar association, trustees, the General Services Administration, the U.S. District
Court, and other agencies on a variety of matters necessary to court activities such as information
technology, security, case management, and space planning.
- Is the certifying financial officer for the Court and directs the Court’s financial services functions,
including purchasing, disbursement, and accounting for all monies received by the Court.
- Manages staff responsible for information technology planning and implementation, including
the court’s case management and electronic case filing system.
- Directs staff responsible for the processing of bankruptcy cases, the maintenance of official
records, and court calendar management.
- Provides executive level support and oversight of space and facilities matters and property
- Reviews and analyzes the organizational structure of the clerk’s office, oversees hiring
processes, appoints personnel, establishes human resources policies in conformance with The
- Guide to Judiciary Policy, and oversees performance management.
- Oversees the design and coordination of training programs. Supports employee, team and
organizational learning and development to assure continued optimum functioning in a changing
- Supervises the preparation of statistical reports and conducts special studies as needed.
To be qualified for appointment to the position of Clerk of Court, candidates must possess a minimum of
10 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or private industry and
a thorough understanding of the organizational, procedural, and human aspects of managing an
organization. At least three of the ten years must include substantial management responsibility at an
executive level. Such experience typically includes financial and budget management, space and
facilities management, human resources management, oversight of information technology, and long
and short-range planning. Operational knowledge of the courts is desirable.
Education in a college or university of recognized standing is required. A graduate degree in public
administration, business administration, court administration or law is desirable.
An attorney who is in the active practice of law in either the public or private sector may
substitute active practice on a year-for-year basis for the management or administrative
. Application Procedures
How to Apply: Submit a completed application for judicial branch employment, form AO-78, a detailed resume and cover letter to:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SDIL
750 Missouri Ave
East St Louis, IL 62201
Incomplete application packets will disqualify an applicant from further consideration.
This is an executive level, highly sensitive position within the Judiciary. Employment is provisional
pending the successful completion of a ten-year, full field OPM background investigation and
favorable suitability determination. Investigative updates are required every five years.
Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be authorized to work in the United States.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for interview expenses.
The Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
Judiciary employees are required to follow a code of conduct that may be found at:
Reference checks with current and former employers will be conducted on top candidates.
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to
withdraw the announcement, without prior written notice.
Only qualified applicants will be considered.
This position is covered by the Judicial Salary Plan and is entitled to benefits that include participation in
the Federal Employees’ Retirement System, Social Security, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401k), health
and life insurance benefits, flexible benefits program, and long-term care options, annual and sick leave
accrual, and 11 paid holidays per year. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer
(direct deposit) for payment of net pay. Employees of the Judiciary are “at will” employees and are not
covered by the Office of Personnel Management’s civil service classification system or regulations. For
additional information on employment with the Judiciary, please visit www.uscourts.gov.
The United States Bankruptcy Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity and inclusion.