General Counsel

Washington D.C.
Mar 26, 2019
Mar 26, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No



Special Rating Factors: (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required by the Position)

  1. Thorough understanding of the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and analysis, including in the areas of procurement law, contract law, appropriations law, ethics law, employment law, Federal taxation, and other areas of the law necessary to the Court's operations.
  2. Written communication skills in a variety of formats and lengths, including memoranda, reports, emails, and correspondence.
  3. Oral communication skills in a variety of formal and informal contexts, including information-gathering interviews, oral presentations, group and one-on-one discussions, and participating in and leading a project team.
  4. Familiarity with the GAO Redbook, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and/or the Guide to Judiciary Policy, and Government employment practices.

This is a confidential position.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

To qualify for the full performance level (GS-15), applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position.

Applicants must be admitted to and practice before the highest court of a State or the District of Columbia and be in good standing.


As a Federal employee, you will be eligible to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. For more information, go to:

In addition, you will be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. Visit:

Also, you will continue to earn both annual and sick leave. Visit:

Finally, new employees also may be covered under other U.S. Tax Court benefit policies. Our human resources office can provide additional information on these programs.

Other Information:

  • The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial employees.
  • Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are considered "AT WILL" employees.
  • Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Favorable suitability determination - Selection of this position is contingent on a favorable suitability determination and security background check, to include credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the conditions herein outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • If selected for this position, you are required to complete the I-9 form and provide appropriate identification.
  • You may be expected to travel in this position.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.
  • The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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

The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.

Basis of Rating: Ratings will be based on an evaluation of applicant's experience as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) listed above. Applicants should provide detailed evidence of the KSA's in their application in the form of clear, concise examples showing level of accomplishment and degree of competence.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Ratings will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's experience as related to the duties of this position, and the Special Rating Factors listed above. The resume/application package must provide detailed information showing the extent to which the Special Rating Factors are satisfied. A cover letter outlining relevant work experience may be provided as well.

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

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Drug test required No

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