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Friday, July 10, 2020

Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Litigation) within Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) of U.S. Treasury-IRS

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 a 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!

Salary $131,239 to $197,300 per year   Closing date 07/31/2020  Link to the application site: CCCM-ERB-20-48


The Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Litigation) of the International division of the Office of Chief Counsel will join two other Deputy Associate Chief Counsels and a Senior Level Counsel who serve as the principal advisors to the Associate Chief Counsel (International), and represent the Associate and the Office in matters generally, including the overall direction and management of International. The Deputies assist the Associate in supervising (through GS-15 managers) a staff of professional attorneys and support personnel engaged in providing legal guidance and assistance in matters dealing with international and foreign tax matters, including all matters relating to the activities of non-U.S. persons or entities within the United States and the activities of U.S. or U.S.-related persons or entities outside the United States. These legal advisory services support uniform interpretation, application, enforcement, and litigation of the international provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, all bilateral and multilateral tax treaties and agreements to which the United States is a party, and all foreign revenue laws that pertain to or affect tax matters in the United States. The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International) works closely on all international program matters with other Associate Chief Counsels and Division Counsels, IRS Division Commissioners, Treasury officials, officials of the State Department and the Department of Justice, and officials of foreign governments. The Deputies are delegated authority for signature on all matters on which the Associate Chief Counsel (International) has authority and, when acting for the Associate, have full authority to make decisions on any issues arising in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International).


The Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Litigation) will assist the Associate Chief Counsel (International) in administering litigation matters of the Office and ensuring that timely and high-quality work product and advice is provided to relevant constituencies. In addition, together with the other Deputies, the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Litigation) will assist the Associate with respect to all executive activities falling within the office’s jurisdiction. More specifically, this Deputy will:

  • Provide overall assistance to the Branches and the Field (Counsel) in Appeals and Litigation and oversight of relevant matters (in collaboration with the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Field Services & Rulings, as appropriate).
  • Provide supervision and quality control of complex legal arguments involving international matters in court filings, Appeals submissions, and defense letters, including detailed comment on draft submissions where appropriate.
  • In respect of litigation and potential litigation matters, work with the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Field Services & Rulings), Large Business & International (LB&I) Counsel, Small Business/Self Employed (SB/SE) Counsel, and the Department of Justice as needed, and develop strategic relationships with relevant constituencies in respect of the foregoing.
  • Share with the other Deputies responsibility for oversight of International’s Branches and assist the Associate in ensuring that the Branch managers operate as an effective management team, including delegating sufficient authority and providing a supportive environment in order that subordinates may manage their resources effectively, and improve through creativity as well as diligence in order to meet the needs of clients as a whole.
  • Assist in planning, directing, and coordinating the International program so as best to address its mission in changing environments, balancing the needs of program segments, and determining the allocation and deployment of human and fiscal resources that best positions the organization to meet the needs of clients.
  • Perform a share of administrative and operational functions, including developing and monitoring performance measures and program goals for assigned areas, ensures the full range of personnel activities are properly and timely addressed as necessary (i.e., recruitment, training, performance evaluation, disciplinary or adverse action, and management reporting), ensuring sound management policy, and taking positive steps in support of all merit system principles and equal employment opportunity initiatives and goals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Business Acumen--This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  5. 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: 


  1. Position requires comprehensive, professional knowledge of and experience in applying the tax laws related to all transactions and activities that cross the borders of the United States, including all international provisions of the United States revenue laws and all bilateral and multilateral tax treaties and agreements to which the United States is a party.
  2. Must have demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of a 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership which permits the practice of law in the United States is required.


  1. A thorough understanding of the operations and organization of the IRS 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.

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). 

  1. Cover letter (memorandum of interest) summarizing your interest in the position.
  2. 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.
  3. A supplemental narrative statement that addresses your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Competencies (PTCs).
  4. 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.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes: 

  • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
  • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
  • A wide choice of health insurance plans coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
  • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
  • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

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