Chief Information Officer

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2019
Jul 31, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time


If you are a leader who also enjoys the hands-on IT experience, this may be the position you have been seeking!

The U.S. Tax Court is seeking an exceptional, customer service oriented individual to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The successful candidate will be a technology architect visionary, an inspiring and collaborative leader, a self-starter, and a strong problem solver.
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The Court currently has a Nutanix hyper-converged environment, with Nutanix replication and AlwaysOn Availability Groups at an offsite disaster recovery location. Internal Court users access the network using Court-issued devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones. The Court is deploying a virtual desktop interface (VDI) for internal user remote access using court-issued and bring-your-own devices.

The Court is working with a vendor to develop a new web-based electronic filing and case management system that uses open source software, following an agile development approach. See . The system will be hosted on AWS.

Major Duties
  • Develop the IT architecture and implementation plans, and collaborate with Court leaders to ensure IT strategies are aligned to support the overall objectives of the Court.
  • Develop security policies, procedures, and protocols designed to protect the Court's systems, information/data, and communications from both internal and external threats. Identify and resolve cyber threats and report the risks and implications to the Chief Judge and Clerk of the Court.
  • Oversee the effective delivery of computer operations and production support, systems administration, network operations, PC/desktop support, and customer service.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and oversight to the Court's IT team with the primary goal of ensuring the availability, performance, scalability, and security of the technology systems and services that are critical for Court operations. Establish, manage, and coach the IT team with clear objectives and performance expectations.
  • Ensure timely resolution of incidents, problems, and requested support.
  • Develop and control the annual budget for IT operations to ensure it is consistent with overall strategic objectives. Develop procurement documents for IT equipment, products, and services. Administer IT inventory management and replenishment programs.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands). If selected for this position, you will be required to complete U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and provide appropriate identification.
  • You will be subject to a preliminary suitability determination and security background check, to include a credit check. A Federal income tax check and criminal record check is conducted on all new hires. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check.
  • You will be required to complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interests and this position.
  • You are required to serve a one-year trial period.
  • Direct Deposit of salary payment to financial organization is required.
  • Register with the Selective Service, if you are required: .

  • Qualifications

    • Exceptional leadership and management skills, with a proven record of strategic planning, productivity and process improvement, and change management.
    • Experience in managing IT operations and infrastructure.
    • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communications/presentation skills, including the ability to explain technology solutions in business terms, and proven track record of serving as a trusted advisor.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic plan that ensures the right people are in the right roles, and that employees are highly engaged and satisfied.
    • It is strongly preferred that the CIO has expert knowledge and experience with agile software delivery performance and DevSecOps concepts, tools, and strategies that enhance the U.S. Tax Court's business outcomes, and familiarity and comfort with establishing a cloud-based REST API-first services ecosystem with an open source-first strategy to maximize the opportunity to adapt to evolving technology trends.
    • It is strongly preferred that the CIO has experience with commercial cloud computing.


  • A bachelor's degree (computer science, information technology, operations management, or a related field preferred) from an accredited college or university required, graduate/post graduate preferred; and
  • More than 5 years of directly related, cumulative and progressively responsible experience including substantial experience of IT leadership managing staff, teams, or projects and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.

  • Additional information

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.

    If you fail to provide the information 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.


    For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202) 521-4700.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the position to which you are applying.
    • An electronic cover letter stating the position for which you are applying and providing any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications, including any relevant certification information, that reflect how your background and experience correspond to the requirements listed in this announcement. Include your country of citizenship on your resume.
    • Copies of university/college transcripts for your bachelor's degree, and, if applicable, for any graduate/ post-graduate degree(s).
    • If mentioned in your cover letter or resume, copies of documents for current certifications that are relevant to the position.

    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.