Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (PA)

Washington D.C.
Jul 21, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

About the Agency

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and gain valuable experience in a legal environment. Our mission is to serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. It's a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and a family-friendly atmosphere.

The Deputy Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration) serves as the alter ego to the Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration) in the overall direction and management of the Procedure & Administration organizational component of the Office of Chief Counsel.As such, the incumbent assists the Associate in supervising, through subordinate managers, a staff of professional attorneys and support personnel engaged in providing legal guidance and assistance in matters dealing with federal tax procedure and administration, including issues relating to reporting and paying taxes; assessing and collecting taxes (including interest and penalties); abating, crediting or refunding over-assessments or overpayments of tax; and filing information returns. This jurisdiction also extends to judicial proceedings, disclosure, FOIA, and Privacy Act matters affecting the Office and IRS. The incumbent serves as one of the Office's primary experts on Procedure & Administration issues, and assists the Associate inproviding legal advice to the Chief Counsel and other IRS offices, on all issues involving the development, interpretation, and application of Internal Revenue Code provisions contained in Subtitle F of the Code, and related off-Code provisions, as well applicable provisions of Titles 5, 11, and 28 of the United States Code. As delegated, the incumbent represents the Office/Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration) on policy and program matters involving other Counsel and IRS organizations, the Department of Treasury, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the General Counsel, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and other federal agencies.In addition, the incumbent works closely with Treasury officials and IRS Division Commissioners and other Associate and Division Counsel on program matters (e.g., identifying and prioritizing emerging issues and developing published guidance).

  • Occasional Travel
  • 5% or Greater

  • Yes
  • Relocation will be authorized for Federal employees only.

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact
  • SES appointees will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Please apply before the closing date in case of technical difficulties.
  • As a basic requirement, candidates must clearly describe leadership experiences that demonstrate the executive level managerial capabilities comprising the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s) of the Senior Executive Service. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS‑15 grade level or its equivalent in Federal service or with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

    A) Professional/Technical Qualifications:

    In addition to the general managerial competencies set out in the Executive Core Qualifications and mandatory for all Senior Executive Service positions, candidates must show evidence of the following more specific competencies in order to meet basic qualifications for this position:

    1. Mandatory:

    A. The position requires comprehensive legal knowledge, broad technical knowledge of Federal tax law and legal administration, and in depth knowledge of the provisions within Subtitle F of the Internal Revenue Code concerning reporting and paying taxes, assessing and collecting taxes (including interest and penalties), filing information returns, and abating, crediting, refunding over-assessments or overpayments of tax, judicial proceedings, disclosure, FOIA, and Privacy Act matters affecting the Office and IRS. Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership which permits the practice of law in the United States are required.

    B. Must have demonstrated ability to manage a legal services program, including the ability to review and assess the organizational effectiveness of program services and policies, and to design and implement procedures to improve/optimize organizational performance.

    C. Must have demonstrated the ability to make and effect timely and well-considered decisions, and to resolve issues/problems of substantial impact, sensitivity, and complexity.

    D. Must have demonstrated the ability to supervise others to promote maximum utilization and development of staff and to support equal employment opportunity initiatives and goals.

    2. Desirable:

    A. A thorough understanding of the operations and organization of the Internal Revenue Service and Office of Chief Counsel, and a solid understanding of the Department of the Treasury and its Office of General Counsel, are desirable.

    B) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's):

    Unless you are currently serving under a Career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, you must address the ECQs. The following five ECQ's provide the focus for certification of executive qualifications for initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and also provides a basis for assessing relative quality of management experience for this position. The listing of elements for each activity area is illustrative, not exhaustive, and it is not expected that an individual will be a subject-matter expert in all of these activities. Please provide a brief explanation providing two examples of your experience with each ECQ.

    1. 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.

    2. Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions/Communications - 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.

    Applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association leading to a professional law degree - J.D. An LL.M. in Taxation is desired but not required.

    Applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

    Applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional/Technical Competencies and Executive Core Qualifications listed above.

    (Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified).

    Narrative responses to the Mandatory and Desirable Professional/Technical Competencies should not be more than two pages for each. Please provide the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory and Desirable Professional/Technical Competencies on separate sheets of paper.

    ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants not meeting requirements by this date will not be considered.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    As the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration), the incumbent assists and acts for the Associate Chief Counsel (P&A) in the overall executive direction of the organization's activities. The incumbent has full authority to act as a full assistant, including authority to sign official documents on behalf of the Associate Chief Counsel (P&A). The incumbent assists and participates with the Associate on planning, directing, and coordinating matters relating to procedural and administrative aspects of the Internal Revenue Code, public and other technical guidance on such issues, and sharing responsibility with the Division Counsel for the direction and oversight of the Counsel-wide litigation program involving such issues. The incumbent represents the IRS and Treasury on sensitive and controversial issues related to these areas. The incumbent participates with the Associate in working with the Division Commissioners in setting strategic goals, policy, and procedures by providing input in the areas within the Associate's jurisdiction and working with the Division Counsel and other Counsel offices to ensure the correct application of law. The incumbent assists the Associate in providing executive direction to staff engaged in drafting legislative proposals, regulations, revenue rulings and procedures, letter rulings, actions on decisions, and other items of public guidance on technical matters within the Associate's jurisdiction. The incumbent coordinates these matters with other components of the IRS, the Chief Counsel's Office and Treasury as necessary. The incumbent participates with the Associate in coordinating the IRS's position in litigation with the Division Counsel, the Service, and the Department of Justice with regard to matters involving procedure and administration. The incumbent makes appeal and settlement recommendations and prepares other documents setting forth the IRS's position in such cases. The incumbent assists in providing legal services to the Commissioner's Fed/State and national disclosure organization. The incumbent assists the Associate in the overall management of Procedure & Administration to include all substantive and administrative areas of responsibility. In this regard, the incumbent participates with the Associate in exercising full line authority over subordinate branches and personnel, and in providing continuing coordination, control, and direction of Procedure & Administration operations to assure that Chief Counsel objectives, policies, procedures, and programs are implemented fully and effectively, including the development of programs and their evaluation in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, comprehensiveness, and timeliness. The incumbent identifies emerging issues in the Procedure & Administration area to improve delivery of legal services. The incumbent assures that Procedure & Administration's key managers operate as an effective management team, and that all management functions are being handled equitably and in a manner this is responsive to the needs of all programs that Procedure & Administration supports. The incumbent assist the Associate in developing policy, procedure, directives, Chief Counsel Notices, Litigation Guideline Memoranda and Chief Counsel Directives Manual provisions to implement and provide uniform application of the provisions within the Associate's jurisdiction. The incumbent provides support and guidance in connection with the development of Internal Revenue Manual provisions.

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