Director Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement

Washington, D.C
Jun 23, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

We strongly encourage applicants to read the entire announcement before submitting their applications.

As the Director, Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement (APMA) within the Large Business and International (LB&I) Division of the Internal Revenue Service,you will be responsible for planning, developing, directing, and monitoring the administration of all tax treaty mutual agreement proceedings and related competent authority programs which enhances compliance with international tax laws, ensures consistency in taxpayer treatment, continuously improves systems and processes, and effectively allocates resources among subordinate organizations.

As the Director Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement your duties and responsibilities include:
  • Assisting the Director, Director, Treaty and Transfer Pricing Operations Practice Area in formulating short and long-range program policies, strategies, and objectives on all matters relating to APMA.
  • Representing the U.S. Competent Authority on sensitive and controversial issues related to treaty negotiations and participating in activities to build partnerships with stakeholders through regular meetings with foreign jurisdictions and advisory groups, speaking engagements, and involvement at other public forums.
  • Promoting collaboration for treaty administration for LB&I and coordinating the Practice Area activities with other LB&I functions and processes. This includes working with Counsel to develop guidance and improve treaty administration.
  • Remaining abreast of global developments impacting tax administration of multinational enterprises and ensuring the workforce is informed on a timely basis.
  • Providing executive leadership and direction through subordinate managers that are geographically located nationwide. Delegating sufficient authority to subordinates to effectively manage their resources and to provide a supportive environment for creativity and innovation.
  • Managing all human, physical, information technology, and financial resources of the assigned area and allocating these resources in accordance with overall strategies to further the accomplishment of specific goals.
  • Continuously evolving to keep pace with LB&I's filing population, which competes in a dynamic, rapidly changing, global economy. Staying abreast of a broad range of current developments, trends, policy considerations, legislative proposals and legal matters, and its effect on Federal tax administration. Remaining aware of the internal climate that affects policies of the Internal Revenue Service and collaborates with other IRS executives in setting priorities and objectives for LB&I.
  • Cultivating an environment of continuous learning to support a flexible workforce with focused training, foundational skillsets, specialized knowledge, and dynamic tools, and ensuring the workforce remains globally aware through communications, mentoring and training.
  • Utilizing data analytics and examiner feedback to enhance treaty administration with intended compliance outcomes. Gathering, assessing, and incorporating feedback to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Employing an integrated set of tailored treatment streams to improve flexibility to address current and emerging issues and achieve compliance outcomes.
  • Driving continual collection and analysis of data and feedback to enhance ability to focus, plan, and execute work, and promote innovation and feedback-based improvement.
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Conditions of Employment

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Be geographically mobile to accomplish the Service's mission.
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Certify you have registered with the Selective Service System , if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification as listed on Form I-9 (; of which one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Complete a pre-employment federal income tax verification process.
  • Complete verification of identity and employment eligibility as required by Federal law for all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification) and may provide information from your Form I-9 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure a work authorization. You will receive written instructions and contact information for SSA and DHS if this information cannot be confirmed.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (sf278) within 30 days of appointment and annually.


You must upload your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership and supervisory experience indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under ECQs and Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent leadership level within state or local government, private sector or non-government organization. As such, your resume should demonstrate you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
  • Supervising the work of other managers and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and address all mandatory ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified.

Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs, however, are required to address the TQs in the resume.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) : The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. The ECQ narrative must not exceed 10 pages.
  • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
  • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
  • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
  • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
  • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

  • Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narrative.

    Additional information about the SES and ECQs can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website . You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

    Applicants should follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (CCAR) model outlined in the OPM Guide to SES qualifications.
    • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    • Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs):

    In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Please provide examples within your resume and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issue(s) you handled. Your résumé must show you possess the following TQs:
  • Foreign Tax Administration - Experience with foreign business practices to include foreign tax administration structures.
  • Tax Treaties - Experience with the provisions of tax treaties and related agreements.
  • Desirable Qualification:
    Applicants with broad experience negotiating and evaluating Mutual Agreement Procedure and Advance Pricing Agreement cases brought under U.S. tax treaties with a variety of treaty partners.

    To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
    • Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.
    • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM EST of the closing date.
    • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
    • Salary for Senior Executive Service jobs vary depending on qualifications.