Clerk of Court

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 22, 2021
Mar 24, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time


United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota

VACANCY #2021-05


Clerk of Court




Minneapolis, MN


JSP 16 – JSP 17: $161,496 - $183,300 (based on 2021 pay tables). Salary is set based on qualifications and experience.



POSTING DATE:                       



Open until filled. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 03/26/2021 to ensure consideration.  Initial interviews for selected candidates are tentatively scheduled for April 19-23, 2021. 

Check the status of this position on the Court’s website at

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota 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 Minneapolis but requires significant time in St. Paul and occasional travel to Duluth and Fergus Falls. The clerk’s office currently has 38 staff and provides operational and administrative support to the Court’s five judges and chambers staff.

The Bankruptcy Judges of the district appoint the Clerk of Court, who has overall management authority and responsibility for the court’s non-judicial functions. The Clerk holds the highest non-judicial position in the Court. The role includes working closely with the Chief Judge to ensure that the Court’s administrative and operational needs are met and that the office’s statutory duties are carried out.  

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 and accomplishment. 


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.   

The Clerk of Court’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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 procedures.
  • 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 budget plans.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Eighth 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 management.
  • 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 environment.
  • 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 meet the following standards:


A minimum of 10 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.

Management Responsibility:
At least three of the 10 years of experience must have been in a position of substantial management responsibility.

Practice of Law – Active Practice:
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 experience requirement. 

Educational Equivalents

Education in a college or university of recognized standing may be substituted for a maximum of 3 years of the required general experience on the basis of one academic year of education equals 9 months of experience.  A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing may be substituted for 3 years of the required general experience.  The degree should preferably include courses in law, government, public, business, or judicial administration or related fields. 

A postgraduate degree in public, business, or judicial administration from such a college or university may be substituted for one additional year of the required general experience. 

A degree from an accredited law school may be considered as qualifying for two additional years of the required general experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience
Preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in a related field such as public administration or law.
  • Federal or state court experience and an understanding of court operations and administration.
  • The successful candidate will have excellent analytical skills, good judgment, and solid problem-solving experience. Proven leadership talent is expected, along with outstanding oral and written expression. The new Clerk must also possess the ability to foster strong and effective working relationships.


To ensure consideration, qualified applicants should promptly submit each of the following combined into a single pdf to:

  1. a letter of interest;
  2. a current resume;
  3. a list of three professional references with current contact information; and
  4. a completed and signed “AO 78, Application for Federal Judicial Branch Employment.”

Incomplete application packets will disqualify an applicant from further consideration.

Please refer to ANNOUNCEMENT #2021-05 in the email transmittal. 

Selection Process: 
The Court will communicate only with those qualified applicants who will be invited for personal interviews and only applicants who are interviewed will receive a response regarding their application status. 


Conditions for Employment:
Candidates must demonstrate organizational skills, good judgment, and willingness to work across different technical domains with legal, technical, administrative and operations staff in a cooperative environment. Candidates must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. 

All employees of the Court are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which is available for review upon request. In addition, the successful applicant will be hired subject to a probationary period of no less than six months.


  • Paid vacation and paid sick leave.
  • Optional participation in choice of health plans, dental and vision insurance programs, group life insurance program, long term care insurance, and optional participation in a pre-tax flexible spending account plan for commuter reimbursement, and dependent care and medical expenses not covered by health insurance.
  • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
  • Optional participation in the Thrift Savings Plan with matching contributions (similar to 401K).
  • Public transit subsidy as the budget permits.
  • 10 paid holidays per year.
  • Options for one day a week telework and/or compressed scheduling.
  • This position is subject to mandatory EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) participation for payment of net pay.


  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be authorized to work in the United States. Please note citizenship requirements:
  • The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for interview expenses.
  • The Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
  • As this position is deemed “high-sensitive” the successful candidate will be required to undergo a background clearance which includes fingerprinting, and updated background investigations every five years.

The U. S. Bankruptcy Court has the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement, or withdraw this announcement, either of which may occur without prior written or other notice.

The United States Bankruptcy Court is a part of the Judicial Branch of the United States Government. Employees of the United States Bankruptcy Court serve under “Excepted Appointment” and are considered “At-Will” employees. 

Please visit the employment ( section of our website for other requirements and benefits information.



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