National Strategic Litigation Counsel, Division Counsel (Large Business & International)

    Department Of The Treasury
    Phoenix, AZ
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description

    The incumbent of this position serves as the LB&I Division Counsel's primary advisor on Strategic Litigation matters, docketed and non-docketed, under the Division Counsel's jurisdiction, keeping the Division Counsel informed of any unusual, sensitive, or controversial cases or developments. He/she formulates policies and programs for the Strategic Litigation program and oversees the litigation of the largest and most complex cases in the Division. The incumbent serves as a first-line manager to the Division's Deputy Area Counsel (Strategic Litigation) and a second-level manager to the Division's Special Trial Attorneys (STAs) and Strategic Litigation Paralegals. The incumbent acts as a consultant to Division executives on a variety of legal, technical, and tax matters related to litigation. The incumbent serves as the Division's and the Office's representative with the IRS and Treasury on significant litigation matters.

    Duties:
    • Serves as the Division Counsel's primary advisor on Strategic Litigation matters, docketed and non-docketed, under the Division Counsel's jurisdiction, keeping the Division Counsel informed of any unusual, sensitive, or controversial cases or developments.
    • Formulates policies and programs for the Strategic Litigation program, including the introduction and use of tools to enhance efficiency and development of litigators.
    • Oversees litigation of the largest and most complex cases in the Division.
    • Serves as a first-line manager to the Division's Deputy Area Counsel (Strategic Litigation). Serves as second-level manager to the Division's Special Trial Attorneys (STAs) and Strategic Litigation Paralegals.
    • Manages the expert witness program for the Division. Ensures that expert witnesses are strategically used; manages the expert witness budget to reduce/minimize excessive expert witness costs; and coordinates with Field Area Counsel, as needed, on cases outside the Strategic Litigation program that involve experts.
    • Serves as the Division's primary contact for electronic litigation and electronic discovery.
    • Represents the Division Counsel at top level IRS, DOJ and Treasury meetings and conferences where Strategic Litigation matters are developed and determined.
    • Ensures proper staffing of Strategic Litigation teams nationally, working with Field Area Counsel and other Divisions to secure necessary staffing and resources.
    • Coordinates and works with Field Area Counsel to provide STA assistance and support for the development of strategically significant docketed and non-docketed practice groups cases.
    • Performs other duties as assigned and delegated by the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, or Division Counsel.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    ES
  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney
  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Please refer to 'Conditions of Employment.'
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    • Public Trust (85PS) Background Investigation required.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • Subject to a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • 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.
    • Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.
    Qualifications

    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:

    Mandatory:
    1. Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership which permits the practice of law in the United States.
    2. Position requires comprehensive, professional knowledge of and experience in applying tax laws affecting subchapter C corporations, and subchapter S corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. Position also requires strong direct or indirect experience with tax litigation, especially with large case litigation.
    3. Must have demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of a large-scale law program that involves significant human and fiscal resources, including the ability to allocate, manage, and prioritize resources to achieve short and long term goals. Experience includes planning, directing, budgeting for, staffing, and evaluating such programs.
    4. 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 increase efficiency and enhance organizational performance.
    5. Must have demonstrated the capacity for effective decision making and the ability to solve problems of very substantial impact, sensitivity, and complexity.
    6. Must have the ability to manage with a focus on customer service and employee satisfaction.
    7. Must have the ability to think broadly, strategically, and long term, including the ability to translate long term goals and objectives into short term tactical plans and operational activities.
    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.

    (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.

    Education

    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.

  • Posting ID: 556733285Posted: 2020-05-22

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