Senior Level Counsel, Special Trial Attorney

Washington D.C.
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Full Time

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 family-friendly atmosphere.

The Senior Level Special Trial Attorney (SL STA) serves as a national expert on tax litigation and as a confidential advisor to the Division Counsel (Large Business & International) (LB&I) and, as assigned, the lead trial attorney on some of the Office of Chief Counsel’s most significant cases. Because of the outstanding stature of the SL STA in the tax law and litigation fields, the incumbent’s opinions in legal, technical, tactical, strategic, and tax matters related to litigation are highly sought after and recognized as particularly authoritative and highly influential. The SL STA also serves as the Division’s and the Office’s representative and liaison on the most significant assigned litigation or litigation-related matters with the IRS, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Treasury.

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Occasional travel - Limited travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
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  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • Please apply before the closing date in case of technical difficulties.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Applicants will be considered based on their overall background as it relates to the position to be filled. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

    Your application includes your resume and responses to the online questions and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a “not qualified” determination.

    To meet specialized experience at the Senior Level, the applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience as a GS-15.

    Specialized experience: You must demonstrate a thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge of and an understanding and expertise of Federal tax statutes and regulations pertaining to Subchapter C corporations, and Subchapter S corporations and partnerships with assets more than $10 million; and a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of LB&I case work. You must have knowledge of strategic planning processes and administrative support processes and systems, including budgeting and personnel management. Further, you must have knowledge of all aspects of complex litigation.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
    • The J.D. and/or the LL.M must be from an ABA-accredited law school.
    • Candidates must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    • Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
    • The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.
    • 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.

    Applicants must possess a J.D. and have 1 year of general legal experience plus 3 years of professional legal tax experience. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax, litigation, or trial advocacy) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed above.

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit Excepted Service position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • 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

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Executive Resources Branch will assess your overall specialized knowledge and experience as it relates to the position to be filled, compare it to the other applicants' knowledge and experience and determine the candidate best qualified for the position. The board may or may not conduct interviews. You will be notified of the outcome.
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