The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is seeking a senior level executive to serve as Clerk of Court. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment, are required, preferably in a court environment. Experience in the federal judiciary is helpful, with operational knowledge of the courts, office automation, including automated case management systems, and a working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
The Clerk of Court is appointed by the Chief Bankruptcy Judge and has overall management authority and responsibility for the non-judicial components of the Court. The Clerk occupies the highest non-judicial position in the Court and works closely with the Chief Judge in assuring the administrative and operational needs of the court are effectively and efficiently met. The Clerk supervises a staff of 17 clerk’s office employees in two staffed locations and provides operational support to four bankruptcy judges. The Clerk is also responsible for providing administrative support services in the areas of human resources, information technology, space, facilities, budget, and court staff, including the Office of the Clerk. The Clerk serves as the Court’s liaison to and works cooperatively with the District Court, federal and local government agencies, bar groups, media representatives, and the public. The Clerk serves at the pleasure of the bankruptcy judges and is responsible for performing the statutory duties of the Office of the Clerk pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §156(e) and (f).
The Clerk of Court performs duties which include, but are not limited to:
Working closely with the Chief Judge and other judges regarding court administration policy
Creating a vision of excellence through strategic planning in an environment of limited and decreasing resources
Providing the administrative and operational infrastructure necessary to efficiently and effectively achieve the court’s mission including hiring, assigning, and training of personnel
Creating and maintaining a culture that values human resources and the contributions necessary to maintain a good customer services-based organization
Directing the processing of bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings
Promoting and maintaining the integrity of official court records in the custody of the Clerk
Directing and overseeing the court’s property, procurement, and financial management programs, and ensuring proper oversight in the development, revision, and maintenance of internal control procedures and external audit requirements, consistent with U. S. Treasury Regulations and applicable Appropriations Law.
Preparing and managing the court’s annual budget, which includes budgetary and staffing projections
Facilitating the court’s use of technology and automation
Analyzing and making recommendations on statutes, local rules, and procedures affecting the operation of the court
Directing development and administration of comprehensive emergency preparedness plans
Coordinating and preparing statistical studies and reports as required by the court, the circuit, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Judicial Conference of the United States
Performing other duties as assigned
This position requires a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business which provides a thorough understanding of organizational, procedural, and human aspects in managing an organization.
At least three of the ten years of experience must have been in a position of substantial management responsibility. Such experience should include operational knowledge of the courts, financial management, space and facilities management, human resources management, oversight of information technology, and long and short-range planning.
A bachelor’s degree is required, and preference may be given to candidates whose bachelor’s or graduate degree is in government, judicial, public or business administration. A Juris Doctorate and bankruptcy or other federal court experience is beneficial, but not required.