Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions & Products)

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 28, 2019
Executive, Chief
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. The Office of Chief Counsel's 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!

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As the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), you will assist and act for the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products (FIP) as a full deputy in the overall executive direction of the legal work of more than 50 professional and support staff in Washington, D.C. The work involves providing legal advisory services that support uniform interpretation, application, enforcement, and litigation of tax laws involving the taxation of financial institutions (banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies, regulated investment companies, and real estate investment trusts), financial products (annuities, original issue discount obligations, hedges, swaps, options, futures, bonds, and forwards), and tax-exempt and tax credit bonds. 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 needs).

  • Assists the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) in serving as senior legal advisor and expert consultant to Internal Revenue Service Division Commissioners, the Chief Counsel, and other top ranking IRS and Treasury officials on the most difficult, important and complex issues, regulations, and needs relating to financial institutions and products, and on other selected legal issues. Represents these officials on sensitive and controversial issues related to these areas.
  • Assists the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) in serving as principal legal advisor to the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel(s), other Division Counsel, and other Chief Counsel and IRS executives in issues and programs involving banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies and products, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, annuities, original issue discount obligations, and other types of financial instruments and entities. Provides technical interpretation of the tax code and determines the legal position of the IRS in these and other designated program areas. Specific technical functions and responsibilities include (but are not limited to): preparation of regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, announcements, and news releases to be published for the guidance of taxpayers and Service personnel; issuing technical advice memoranda responding to questions raised by IRS examiners; and issuing private letter rulings and general technical information letters in response to requests from taxpayers. In accordance with delegations of authority from the Chief Counsel and in consultation with the Division Counsel, exercises other responsibilities in designated areas including (but not limited to): approving the defense or settlement of cases pending in the U. S. Tax Court; reviewing and coordinating pleadings, motions, briefs, settlement documents, notices of appeal, and other material prepared in connection with Tax Court litigation; approving recommendations of acquiescence and nonacquiescence in adverse decisions in tax litigation; and coordinating all other necessary litigation matters.
  • Collaborates closely with the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) and, when acting for him/her, has full authority to make decisions on any problems arising in the administration of the designated areas of responsibility including authority for signature on all matters on which the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) has authority. Either directs, or personally performs, exhaustive and detailed research on complicated problems or cases, and reviews or prepares recommendations as to the position to be taken by the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP).
  • Assists the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) in serving as full partners with IRS counterparts in formulating short and long range program policies, strategies, and objectives for the organization to implement overall IRS strategy and vision. Participates in the design and development of integrated policies, programs, systems, and strategies that effectively provide superior customer service and ensures fairness and equity in enforcement for financial institutions.
  • Assists in directing and overseeing the overall management of FIP's legal staff. In this regard, assists the Associate Chief Counsel (FIP) in providing continuing coordination, control, and direction of FIP 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. Identifies emerging issues in the FIP area to improve delivery of legal services. Assures that FIP's key managers operate as an effective management team, and that all management functions are being handled equitably and in a manner that is responsive to all programs that FIP supports.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Public Trust (85PS) Background Investigation required.

  • Subject to a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • 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.
  • Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.


As a basic requirement, candidates must clearly describe progressively responsible leadership experiences that demonstrate the executive level managerial capabilities comprising the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) 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.

The following five ECQs provide the focus for the Office of Personnel Management certification of executive qualifications for initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service. The listing of elements for each activity area is illustrative, not exhaustive.

A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

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 ECQs provide the focus for certification of executive qualifications for initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service and also provide 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Business Acumen--This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions--This core qualification requires 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.

  • B) Professional/Technical Competencies (PTCs):

    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:

  • Position requires a thorough and comprehensive legal knowledge and a broad technical knowledge of tax laws, legal administration, and functions of the Internal Revenue Service, with an emphasis on the tax laws affecting financial institutions and products (e.g., banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies and products, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, annuities, original issue discount obligations, and other types of financial instruments and entities).
  • Must have demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of a large-scale law program that involves significant human and fiscal resources. Experience includes planning, directing, budgeting for, staffing, and evaluating such programs, as well as effectively managing equal employment opportunity initiatives.
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to review and evaluate programs for the purpose of assessing their effectiveness against overall organizational goals and objectives, and the ability to design and implement program improvements as necessary to enhance organizational performance.
  • Must have demonstrated the capacity for effective and decisive decision-making, as well as the ability to solve problems of substantial impact, sensitivity, and complexity.

  • Desirable
  • 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.

  • (Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.) Narrative responses to the Technical Qualifications and Desirable Qualifications should not be more than two pages for each. Please provide the Executive Core Qualifications, Technical Qualifications and Desirable Qualifications each on separate sheets of paper.


    Applicants must possess a J.D. and have one year of general legal experience plus three years of professional legal tax experience. An LL.M. in Taxation is desired but not required.

    The experience may have been gained in the public or private sector, or through Volunteer Service . 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.

    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    • Relocation expenses will be paid for Federal employees only.
    • Required to file a public financial disclosure report (OGE Form 278e) upon entry on duty, and annually thereafter.
    • Initial SES appointment will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    • After entrance on duty, failure to successfully meet the background investigation and favorable adjudication requirements may be grounds for termination.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    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.

    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.

    Candidates found basically qualified will be further evaluated by an Executive Resources Board based on the extent and quality of their experience as it relates to the Professional/Technical Competencies and the Executive Core Qualifications needed for this position. Appropriate consideration will be given for job-related training, education, awards, publications, and supervisory appraisals of job performance. Interviews of applicants may be held at the option of the Board. Selected applicant will be subject to certification of their executive qualifications by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (unless previously certified). (Note: Current and former SES members, and other candidates who have already been OPM/QRB-certified, are not required to address the executive core qualifications. They must, however, provide documentation of certification in the form of an SF-50 showing career SES status, or an OPM issued SES qualification certificate.)

    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. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes (1) a resume, (2) vacancy question responses, (3) a supplemental narrative statement that addresses your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Competencies (PTCs), and (4) submission of any required documents noted in the vacancy announcement. Please note that if you do not provide all required information as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
  • Cover letter (memorandum of interest) summarizing your interest in the position.
  • All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .
  • A supplemental narrative statement that addresses your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Competencies (PTCs).
  • If you are not an OPM-Certified SES member or candidate, you must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

    A Supervisory Report (ERB Form 1-88, 4/11) regarding your suitability for the position as completed by your current or most recent supervisor. You are responsible for notifying your supervisor that this report must be received no later than five workdays after the closing date of this announcement.

    CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
    • Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
    • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade; submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
    • Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If the performance appraisal is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.