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Internal Revenue Service Deputy Division Counsel (Operations) Small Business/Self-Employed in Lanham, Maryland


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 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!


The incumbent serves as one of two deputies to the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division Counsel. As such, he/she assists the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in the overall executive direction of the Division's legal work and programs, with a focus on the Division's Field activities. Participates with the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in the development of the Division’s strategies, plans, and designs for a comprehensive and customer-oriented tax administration program which meets the needs of small business taxpayers and practitioners and promotes compliance goals. Assists the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in providing advisory services to the IRS's SB/SE Division Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, as well as other senior level executives in IRS, Treasury, and Chief Counsel on all program matters under SB/SE's jurisdiction, including issues related to the application, development, and litigation of tax regulations, policies, and services relevant to serving individuals filing Schedules C, E, and F and/or Form 2106, as well as corporations, S corporations, and partnerships with assets of less than $10 million. Working with the Division Counsel (SB/SE) and the other Deputy, the incumbent serves as part of an executive team responsible for providing strategic leadership and focus in the development and management of the Division’s organizational activities, capital budgeting, and forecasting and financial management.

DUTIES: Assists in the coordination of litigation strategy and positions with appropriate officials throughout the SB/SE Division, other Division Counsel offices, and Associate Chief Counsel offices. Reviews and exercises independent judgment with respect to questions concerning litigation and/or settlement of issues and cases.

Assists the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in providing executive leadership and direction to a nationwide staff of attorneys and support personnel through subordinate executives and managers. Functional responsibilities include program planning and field operations. Delegates sufficient authority and provides a supportive environment for subordinates to manage their resources effectively and seek continuous improvement through creativity and innovation.

Assists the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in serving as a senior legal advisor to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, SB/SE Division Commissioner, other Division Commissioners, the Chief Counsel, and other senior IRS and Treasury officials on the legal issues, regulations, and needs relevant to serving individuals filing Schedules C, E, and F and/or Form 2106, as well as corporations, S corporations, and partnerships with assets of less than $10 million. Represents these officials on sensitive and controversial legal matters related to these areas.

Assists the Division Counsel (SB/SE) in exercising ongoing responsibility for the overall management of tax litigation groups which are geographically dispersed. Through subordinate managers and attorneys, ensures quality representation of the government in the U.S. Tax Court and provides quality legal advice to SB/SE field personnel.

Assists the Division Counsel in providing general litigation services for Exam and Collection activity, including recommending what proceedings shall be brought, authorizing affirmative action concerning the assessment and collection of taxes, and handling all legal issues and questions relating to the collection of taxes both under administrative processes and in court proceedings.

Performs other duties and special projects assigned and delegated by the Division Counsel.


Conditions of Employment

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Public Trust (85PS) Background Investigation required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Subject to a one-yearprobationary 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.


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. 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.

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.

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.

Business Acumen--This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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/TechnicalCompetencies (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: Position requires comprehensive, professional knowledge of and experience in applying tax laws affecting individuals filing Schedules C, E, F and/or Form 2106, as well as corporations, S corporations, and partnerships with assets of less than $10 million. Position also requires strong direct or indirect experience with tax litigation and dispute resolution.

Must have demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of a 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, as well as effectively managing equal employment opportunity initiatives.

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. Must have demonstrated the capacity for effective decision making and the ability to solve problems of very substantial impact, sensitivity, and complexity.

Must have the ability to manage with a focus on customer service and employee satisfaction.

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.

Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership which permits the practice of law in the United 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.


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.

Additional Information

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This is anon-bargaining unit position.

We offer opportunities for telework.

We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

Relocation expenses will be paid for Federal employees only.

Required to file a public financial disclosure report (OGE Form 278e) upon entry on duty, and annually thereafter.

InitialSES appointment will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

After entrance on duty, failure to successfully meet the background investigation and favorable adjudication requirements may be grounds for termination.