Benefits Tax Counsel
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Candidates are strongly encouraged to address each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately. Candidates who choose not to address both the ECQs and MTQs separately will not be disqualified; but must ensure their resume addresses each sufficient for evaluation.
Please provide examples that are clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs you managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the level of your contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants must possess the specialized experience as specified to qualify for this position. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in executive-level positions and are in addition to the specific technical qualifications listed above. Additional information is available at ECQs.
ECQ 1 - Leading Change - 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, and vision.
ECQ 2 - Leading People - 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, and team building.
ECQ 3 - Results Driven - 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, and technical credibility.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, and technology management.
ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions - 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.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): The MTQs describe the necessary technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and core qualifications set forth below.
MTQ 1 -Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues in the field of employee benefits taxation and related matters including qualified retirement plans, health and other welfare plans, executive compensation programs, long-term care plans, ESOPs, social security and other payroll taxes, and related matters.
MTQ 2 -Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, including the administrative guidance process, applicable to the Internal Revenue Code.
MTQ 3 -A comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the field of employee benefits, and outstanding ability to analyze benefits issues from a tax policy, benefits policy, and general public policy standpoint, including knowledge of the requirements applicable to profit-sharing and stock bonus plans, ESOPs, and other tax qualified retirement plans; health and other welfare benefit plans; nonqualified deferred compensation and executive compensation arrangements; other benefits such as statutory fringe benefits, long-term care plans, and tax-sheltered annuities; and employment taxes.
MTQ 4 -A comprehensive understanding of the functions of the Office of the Benefits Tax Counsel and its relationship to other offices within Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
MTQ 5 -Achievement of significant professional recognition and standing within the benefits community.
MTQ 6 -Evidence of outside professional activities, such as publications, speaking engagements, teaching, or substantial contributions to tax associations or similar groups.
Social Security Number: Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.
Privacy Act: Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder. For further information pertaining to the SES, applicants are encourage to visit: SES
Financial Disclosure: All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Upon hire, and on an annual basis thereafter, the incumbent of this position will be required to file a public financial disclosure report. The incumbent may be prohibited from holding certain financial interests.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Rating: Your application package will be reviewed for completeness (resume and supporting documentation). You will not be considered if you fail to submit all the required documents as outlined in this announcement.
If you meet the requirements, your resume will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking panel to determine the extent to which you possess the required executive competencies based on your resume, ECQs, and MTQs.
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.
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