Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 27, 2021
Closes
Dec 05, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes (EEE) Division serves multiple operating divisions and covers a wide array of topic areas including employee benefits, exempt organizations, employment taxes, state and local governments, and Indian tribal governments. As a key member of the senior executive staff of the Office of Chief Counsel, the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Employee Benefits (EB) is responsible for assisting with the coordination and direction of all guidance activities and certain other matters related to those technical areas; and provides legal advisory services that support uniform interpretation, application, enforcement, and litigation of tax laws involving employee benefits. The character of the work and its relation to the operations of the IRS requires the
highest degree of coordination and liaison with the other Associate and Division Counsel and with the TE/GE Business Operating Division, as well as the Office of Benefits Tax Counsel under the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy).

The incumbent acts as principal legal advisor to the ACC Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes (EEE) and, the Chief Counsel, Deputies Chief Counsel, and other Chief Counsel and IRS executives in matters relating to employee plans, executive compensation, and health and welfare benefits. Through several Branch Chiefs, the incumbent exercises executive direction over a staff of about 40-50 personnel engaged in:
  • Preparing and reviewing proposed regulations and Treasury Decisions, considering public comments on proposed regulations, conducting public hearings on proposed regulations, and managing the movement of regulations through the review process in Counsel, the IRS and Treasury;
  • Participating in the legislative process, furnishing advice and assistance with respect to the development of proposed legislation, coordinating recommendations for legislation with Treasury officials, and working with Treasury and the legislative staffs in drafting legislation and committee reports;
  • Drafting revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and announcements, to be published for the guidance of taxpayers and IRS personnel;
  • Issuing technical advice memoranda and responding to questions raised by IRS examiners;
  • Issuing private letter rulings and general technical information letters in response to requests from taxpayers;
  • Preparing legal opinions for other Chief Counsel and IRS functions with respect to legal questions raised in litigation and IRS programs.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Additional Information"
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


Qualifications

To qualify for this position of Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits) you must meet the following requirements:
  • Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
  • Applicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
  • Desired Education/Experience: An LL.M. in Taxation is desired but not required. 3 years of professional legal tax experience is desired

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in Federal service. Applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications:

A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

Unless you are currently serving under a Career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, or eligible for reinstatement into the SES, you must address the ECQs. Applicants must provide a narrative statement (not to exceed a total of 10 pages) that clearly documents and demonstrates possession of the competencies in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The following five ECQs provide the focus for certification of executive core qualifications for initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service.
Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Building Coalitions - 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. Additional information on ECQs is available at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ . Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.
B) Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTQs):
In addition to the Executive Core Qualifications, all candidates must show evidence of the following mandatory technical competencies in order to meet basic qualifications for this position. The narrative statements should demonstrate your specialized knowledge and technical competence. Please give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge and skills you possess. You should address each MTQ separately, with the total narrative not exceeding ten pages.

Mandatory
  • Position requires comprehensive, professional knowledge of and experience in applying tax laws affecting one of more of the following areas: (1) employee plans; (2) executive compensation; or (3) health and welfare benefits.
  • 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 the ability to plan, direct, and coordinate all of the legal work within the designated area of responsibility.
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to review and evaluate programs to measure effectiveness against overall goals and objectives and to assess effectiveness against overall goals and objectives and to assess the need for and implement program improvements to increase efficiency.
  • 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.
  • The ability to effectively manage the Chief Counsel's EEO Program within the designated area of responsibility is necessary.

  • 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.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 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.

    Education

    For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

    Additional information

    • Relocation expenses may be authorized if eligible.
    • This is aNon-Bargainingunit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    Conditions of Employment Continued:
    • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
    • Subject to a 1-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    • 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.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • 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.
    • Public Trust (85PS) Background Investigation required
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report OGE-278e within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • Undergo an income tax verification.
    • 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.
    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment. The human resources office will provide information on how to request a legally required exception from this requirement, if applicable. You will be required to provide a copy of written documentation/proof of vaccination such as a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card prior to receiving a final job offer. If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or no longer have it in your possession, contact the provider from which you received your vaccine or your state health department immunization information system. If you fail to provide satisfactory proof of vaccination or to establish entitlement to an exception, you will not be eligible for employment with the agency.


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