Senior Level Counsel - Strategic Criminal Enforcement

Washington, D.C
Feb 01, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Full Time

The Senior Level Counsel will serve as a national expert and confidential advisor, to the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax). The Senior Level Counsel assists executives in the formulation of policies and programs for the operation of the Office and performs special assignments of the highest complexity and impact of a case or project nature. The incumbent acts as legal and technical expert and confidential advisor to Criminal Tax (CT) executives on the most difficult, important, and complex matters arising in criminal tax enforcement. Manages highly complex and significant special projects in his/her area of expertise, represents the IRS on sensitive and controversial issues, and serves as CT's representative at high-level IRS, Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of the Treasury (Treasury) meetings where policy is developed. Serves as program manager and technical senior advisor to the executives on a broad array of activities in criminal tax, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and other financial crimes investigations conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation.

As a Senior Level Counsel, major duties include:
  • Acts as a legal and technical expert to the Office executives on the most difficult, important, and complex professional legal matters arising in the administration of the Internal Revenue laws.
  • Manage highly complex and significant special projects, including targeting large-scale abusive tax transactions; supporting the IRS' Fraud Enforcement initiative; coordinating enforcement efforts related to COVID fraud schemes; leading filter review teams that identify potentially-privileged material; serving as civil-criminal coordinator for CT; assisting in the development and implementation of IRS-CI's use of force policy; and supporting special initiatives aimed at tackling high-income non-filers, international tax fraud enforcement, money laundering, and counter-terrorism.
  • Select and review proposals; monitor work group needs and progress; and facilitate and expedite recommendations regarding these matters through the decision-making process.
  • Perform exhaustive and detailed research on complicated legal problems and prepares recommendations as to the position to be taken by the Office.
  • Coordinate the participation of Counsel in the development of high-level reports andstudies for use by Treasury and/or Congress; and as requested, assists in the preparation and drafting of testimony for Congressional hearings, and prepares responses to ad hoc requests from Congress and related legislative agencies (e.g., GAO and OMB).
  • Review and advise on the impact of pending litigation, proposed legislation or public guidance and legal issues facing the IRS.
  • Conduct presentations on technical and procedural matters to Chief Counsel staff, IRS staff, and outside bar activities to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Office's role in providing legal support.


Conditions of Employment

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


To qualify for this position of Senior Level Counsel (Strategic Criminal Enforcement) you must meet the following requirements:
  • 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.
  • Desired Education/Experience: An LL.M. in Taxation is desired but not required. 7 years of professional legal tax experience is desired.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SL, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in Federal service.

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.

Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTQs):

All applicants must show evidence of the following mandatory technical competencies in order to meet basic qualifications for this position. The narrative statements should demonstrate your specialized knowledge and technical competence. Please give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge and skills you possess. You should address each MTQ separately, with the total narrative not exceeding ten (10) pages.

1. Demonstrated experience applying federal tax statutes and regulations, particularly those relevant to criminal law, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and asset forfeiture; to include strong direct or indirect experience with tax litigation, especially with criminal tax prosecutions in federal court.

2. Demonstrated experience managing highly complex and significant special projects including targeting large-scale abusive tax transactions; coordinating enforcement efforts related to fraud schemes; leading filter review teams that identify potentially-privileged material; and supporting special initiatives aimed at tackling high-income non-filers, international tax fraud enforcement, money laundering, and counter-terrorism.

3. Experience performing exhaustive and detailed research on complicated legal problems and preparing recommendations as to the position to be taken by the organization, office or executive.

4. Ability to think broadly, strategically, and long term, including the ability to translate long term goals and objectives into short term tactical plans and operational activities.


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

  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • This is aNon-Bargainingunit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Public Trust (85PS) Background Investigation required
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report OGE-278e 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.