Chief Data and Analytics Officer

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


WHAT DOES THE CHIEF DATA AND ANALYTICS OFFICER DO? The Chief Data and Analytics Officer has a vital role in leading the IRS Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics organization by partnering with enterprise leaders to develop and deliver innovative, strategic support for the nation's tax system and overseeing the bureau's data strategies and use analytical methodologies to develop new solutions for addressing current and emerging tax compliance problems.

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Major Duties:
  • Develops and implements data strategy and analytical methodologies to advance new solutions for addressing current and emerging tax compliance issues, supporting tax policy research, and providing insight and guidance on applying data-driven approaches for improving tax administration.

  • Assists the IRS Commissioner and senior leadership in overseeing and performing critical strategic planning activities and functions. This involves identifying emerging and cross-divisional initiatives, reviewing and validating appropriate measures and indicators, and developing planning guidance for proposed and ongoing programs and agency initiatives.

  • Partners with key IRS business executives to identify opportunities, develop hypotheses, and conduct research to address taxpayer non-compliance, enhance service delivery, and protect tax revenue.

  • Oversees best practices in statistics, computer science, data science, economics, operations research, and social science. Oversees state-of-the-art data warehouse and computing environments developed to support advanced research and analytics.

  • Serves as a trusted advisor to the IRS Commissioner and other IRS leaders, ensures leaders are informed on program and policy matters within his/her scope of responsibility, and assists in developing policies that positively impact IRS.
  • Develops and implements IRS-wide policies, programs, and systems to meet the short-term and long-term challenges and needs of the agency. Develops new approaches and pilots, establishes governance structures, identifies potential risk, and develops mitigation strategies.
  • Leads efforts to establish analytically driven centers of excellence frameworks and drives organizational change toward a data-driven and analytical IRS culture. Foster a strategic coordinated approach to multi-divisional domestic and international tax research issues.

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Travel Required

Occasional travel - Periodic travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Senior Executive Service employees are required to be geographically mobile to accomplish the Service's mission.
  • 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.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (; one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • A pre-employment federal income tax verification.
  • Federal law requires verification of identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification) and may provide information from your Form I-9 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure a work authorization. You will receive written instructions and contact information for SSA and DHS if this information cannot be confirmed.
  • Salary for Senior Executive Service jobs will vary depending on qualifications.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and with an annual review.
  • Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.



As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Competencies listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent level leadership within state or local government, private sector or non-government organization. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
  • Supervising the work of other managers and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical Competency and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy Initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.

The narrative must not exceed 10 pages.

NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs:
  • 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
  • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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, team building)
  • 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
  • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
  • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

  • Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives.

    Applicants should follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (CCAR) model outlined in the guide.
    • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    • Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL COMPETENCY QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQs. You must address each TQ separately. Limit your written statements to one and half (1½) page per technical competency. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issued you handled.
    • 1. Senior level experience leading and managing programs and operations within a data-driven research organization.

    • 2. Ability to build coalitions and collaborate with national and international analytical communities, non-governmental groups, the media, and the general public.

    • 3. Experience leveraging financial data, research techniques, statistical analysis, and the use of analytical processes in a data-intensive environment, combined with a knowledge of tax policy.

    • 4. Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in a range of cutting-edge analytical methodologies and techniques including statistics, machine learning, modern computing architectures, and software; comprehensive experience applying advanced analytics in other industry domains.

    • 5. Extensive knowledge of privacy policies, practices, procedures and programs to provide guidance and leadership in executing program strategies and to ensure programs and plans include a long-term outlook, consistent with customer needs.

    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.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    The IRS seeks candidates who possess a PhD from an accredited institution, accompanied by a distinguished record of accomplishments in statistics, computer science, operations research, data science, economics, mathematics, or a similar field.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

  • Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
  • Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time of the closing date.

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    1. Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be eligible for consideration in this process. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and extent of their leadership skills, technical experience and accomplishments, as described in their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Competency (TC) narratives (defined above).

    2. Applicants are required to submit separate narrative statements specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Competencies (TCs). These narratives are mandatory for consideration in the process. The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service and are in addition to the specific technical competencies. To assess the executive potential of each candidate, applicants must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each ECQ. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired (e.g.; organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources) and a narrative discussion of the qualifications.

    3. For noncompetitive consideration:

    a. Current or former Senior Executive applicants are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in narrative format and submit an SF-50 that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

    b. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants who have not been placed on a career Senior Executive appointment are not required to address the ECQs, but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in narrative format and also submit a copy of your OPM-QRB certification.

    4. Applicants will be evaluated by a Senior Executive Panel and those determined best qualified may be referred to participate in a selection interview.

    If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current or former OPM certified SES executive. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

    Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications is available at

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must submit:
    • Resume to describe qualifications
    • Separate narratives addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
    • Narratives addressing the ECQs are limited to a total of ten (10) pages. Pages beyond the first ten (10) will not be considered in the process.
    • Separate narratives addressing the Technical Competencies Qualifications (TQs)
    • Narratives addressing the Technical Competencies Qualifications are limited to one and a half (1 1/2) pages per competency.
    • SF-50 for current and former career SES members must be provided to verify status or reinstatement eligibility
      • Current Federal employees/SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.
      • Current or former Senior Executive employees must submit an SF-50 that documents your career appointment status in the SES.
      • SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants must submit a copy of your SESCDP OPM-QRB certification.
    • DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    Applicants who fail to submit ALL required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

    Non-competitive consideration (current or former Senior Executives and SES Candidate Development Program applicants with OPM-QRB certification) are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the TQs.


    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) .

    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.

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    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.

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