General Attorney (Senior Counsel), GLS Headquarters

Washington, D.C
Nov 25, 2022
Nov 29, 2022
Full Time

The Office of Chief Counsel, General Legal Services (GLS) employs approximately 68 attorneys nationwide. GLS represents the IRS and the Office of Chief Counsel in non-tax administrative litigation including government contracts, personnel, labor-management relations, and other administrative law issues.

As a General Attorney (Senior Counsel), you will:
  • Serve as a senior expert on legal matters under the jurisdiction of the office to which assigned, including nationwide projects and cases, acting as a personal consultant to the Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Chief Counsels or Associate Chief Counsel on all office issues related to these subject matters.
  • Assist with the development and management of the office's legal policies, positions and programs, and provide strategic planning support in identifying emerging trends and issues likely to have an impact on office-wide programs and activities.
  • Serve as a primary liaison, on behalf of the office, with other Counsel and IRS offices to facilitate communications between offices and to coordinate and improve services; conduct outreach activities to promote information sharing between offices.
  • Make presentations and serve as a technical representative of the office. Counsel, and/or IRS in senior-level meetings and conferences, including meetings with Congressional staff or other Federal agencies.
  • Personally handle some of the office's most complex and important assignments, particularly those with broad, or potentially controversial, ramifications.
  • Serve as team leader on large-scale office projects, which may include representatives from other Counsel components.
  • Act as resource specialist to other office staff, providing authoritative, substantive guidance and assistance to facilitate the development and completion of work assignments.
  • As delegated, exercises signatory authority and acts as reviewer on matters within the jurisdiction of the office.
This is not an all-inclusive list.


Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Additional Information"
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

To qualify for this position of General Attorney (Senior Counsel) you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Senior Counsel):
  • Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
  • Applicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

GS-15 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 3 year(s) of General Legal Service (GLS) experience

General Legal Service experience is defined as experience involving extensive research, writing and analysis of complex legal questions relevant to one or more of the following areas: Government procurement law and/or technology law; employment and labor law; government and professional ethics, fiscal and appropriation law, and/or general administrative law, involving the application of Federal statutes and regulations governing the administration and management of executive Branch agencies; or equivalent private sector experience such as an in-house counsel to a large organization. At least one year of this experience must be equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-14).

Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in Government Procurement Law or Employment and Labor Law may be substituted for the one year of the general legal experience listed above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. 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.

Time in Grade Requirement for GS-15: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-14).


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is anon-bargainingunit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.