Deputy International Tax Counsel

Washington, D.C
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time


As Deputy International Tax Counsel, the incumbent is the principal deputy to, and works closely with the International Tax Counsel in planning, developing, analyzing, managing, and promoting the Department's tax program in general, and the legislative, regulatory, and treaty affairs aspects of the international tax policy program in particular, including the taxation of foreign income and investment.
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Legislation: Independently identifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code requiring reform, amendment, simplification, or expansion in order to implement the Administration's tax policies. Works with Congressional committee staff, including legislative counsels, in the drafting of tax legislation and committee reports, clarifying legal issues and explaining the Department's views. Reviews, and directs, as required by Counsel, staff review of, legislative proposals referred to the Department for analysis. Prepares, and directs, as required by Counsel, staff preparation of, analyses, reports, testimony, and other information in support of the Department's legislative agenda. Prepares, and directs, as required by Counsel, staff preparation of, Treasury analysis and recommendations to the President, and to the Office of Management and Budget, on tax legislation, including proposals for consideration as part of the Administration's Budget. Presents and promotes the Department's positions with respect to such legislation in testimony before the Congress and in meetings with and speeches before interested general public and tax practitioners.

Administrative Guidance: Independently identities provisions of the Internal Revenue Code requiring administrative guidance to simplify or enhance their implementation and administration. Maintains liaison with senior officials in the Internal Revenue Service, including the Commissioner's Office and the Office of Chief Counsel, to clarify legal and policy issues and explains the Department's policy positions. Reviews and revises, and directs, as required by Counsel, staff review and revision of, administrative guidance projects, including regulations and revenue rulings, to ensure the Department's policies are incorporated into such guidance. Provides legal analysis, and directs, as required by Counsel, staff analysis, of tax law and regulations, making recommendations for revisions to reflect the Department's policies. Presents and promotes the Department's administrative guidance projects to the Congress, general public, and tax practitioners. Under Counsel's directions, coordinates work efforts with the Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs and Multilateral Tax Affairs) with regard to administrative guidance projects.

Treaty Affairs: Assists the International Tax Counsel and the Deputy of Treaties in the supervision of the Department's activities connected with the negotiation of international conventions for the avoidance of double taxation. Works closely with Office of Tax Analysis staff on matters which relate to tax treaties. Maintains ongoing relationships with international organizations on tax matters and represents the Administration's and the Department's tax policies before such organizations. Assists Counsel in representing the Administration's and the Department's views on bilateral tax treaties before the Senate. Assists Counsel in developing and reviewing tax treaty policy positions for conformity and consistency with statutory and regulatory provisions to prevent fiscal evasion through transnational transactions.

Liaison: Attends meetings with senior officials of the Treasury and other agencies, staff of Congressional Committees, State and local governments, foreign governments, multinational organizations, taxpayer and legal associations and interest groups, and interested taxpayers and tax practitioners to ascertain their positions with respect to tax legislation, administrative guidance, and other tax policy matters and to present and promote the Department's view on such matters, issues, and projects. Maintains continual liaison with the other tax counsels, their staffs, and the Office of Tax Analysis to ensure commonality of interests within the Office of Tax Policy. Works closely with Treasury's Offices of the General Counsel, Legislative Affairs, and Public Affairs to develop, promote, and implement the Department's tax policies. As required, provides expert testimony, briefings, and information to the Congress, OMB, CBO, the White House, the IRS, and Departmental officials regarding the Office's tax policies, legislative and administrative guidance projects, and the operation and administration of the Office.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • All groups of qualified individuals. Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Financial disclosure is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.


Qualifications: As a basic requirement, applicants must possess a degree from accredited law school and active bar membership. The Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Competencies listed below. Typically, qualified applicants will have gained experience of this nature at or above the (GS)-15 grade level or its equivalent in the public or private sector. To be qualified for this position, your resume must reflect experience in a managerial capacity. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. As such, your resume must 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
    • 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):
    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs):All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each MTQ separately, not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Applicants who fail to adhere to the one (1) page per MTQ limit will be disqualified and no longer in consideration.
    In addition to the qualifying experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.

    MTQ 1: A comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the field of international taxation, and outstanding ability to analyze international taxation issues from a tax policy, tax treaty policy, and general public policy standpoint, including knowledge of international tax rules and regulations (including the taxation of foreign income and the foreign tax credit and taxation of foreign investment in the U.S.), U.S. tax treaty policy positions, interaction of treaty provisions with U.S. and foreign tax law, fiscal transparency provisions in U.S. and foreign law, and the interests of the United States in tax policy negotiations in international organizations.

    MTQ 2: A comprehensive understanding of the functions of the Office of International Tax Counsel and its relationship to other offices within Treasury (including International Affairs, International Monetary Policy, and International Markets and Development), the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of State, foreign governments, and international organizations (OECD, UN, Multilateral Development Banks). Knowledge of the role of Treasury and Office of Tax Policy in economic diplomacy, including through the G-20, G-7, and bilateral matters.


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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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) narratives and Technical Competency (TC) as shown in your résumé (defined above).

2. Applicants are required to submit separate narrative statements specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). 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 your résumé 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 your résumé 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 qualifications/#url=Overview

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

You must submit:1) A resume.2) Separate narratives addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) to be considered for this position. 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. 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 TCs.3) SF-50 (or personnel action to verify civil service)
    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 career appointment status in the SES
4) SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) must submit a copy of your SESCDP OPM-QRB certification. This can be uploaded under the other document type. Applicants who fail to submit ALL required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

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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