Job Responsibilities : Deputy International Tax Counsel
Office Address : Washington, D.C., United States
Educational requirements : Bachelor Degree
As the Deputy International Tax Counsel, you will:
- Independently identify provisions of the Internal Revenue Code requiring reform, amendment, simplification, or expansion in order to implement the Administration’s tax policies.
- Work 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.
- Review, and direct, as required by Counsel, staff review of, legislative proposals referred to the Department for analysis.
- Prepare, and direct, as required by Counsel, staff preparation of, analyses, reports, testimony, and other information in support of the Department’s legislative agenda.
- Prepare, and direct, 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.
- Present and promote 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.
- Attend 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.
- Provide 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.
- Assist the International Tax Counsel in the development and implementation of specific treaty, legislative and administrative guidance projects.
- Monitor, and report to the Counsel on, the status of specific projects.
- As the deputy to the International Tax Counsel, in the latter’s absence or unavailability, assumes the role of Acting International Tax Counsel. Under the Counsel’s direction, supervise and manage Office of International Tax Counsel staff. Independently ascertain requirements affecting Counsel, bring them to Counsel’s attention, and, as directed, implement projects and programs to accommodate them.
Conditions of Employment
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- Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
- Current / former Federal employees on a career / career-conditional appointment.
- MUST be a graduate of a recognized law school.
- MUST be a member of the bar with a status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
All new hires will be required to comply with federal ethics laws. A review of financial or other interests may be conducted to determine if they create any real or apparent conflict of interests with official Treasury duties.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Mandatory Factors: Applications not showing evidence of the following may be disregarded as not qualifying. Note specifically lacking mandatory factor in rating summary comments.
- Graduation from an accredited law school and active bar membership. (Active bar membership may be evidenced by active practice of law. However, successful applicant will need to document current bar membership(s).)
- Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues in the field of international taxation, tax treaties (bilateral and multilateral) and related matters, such as taxation of foreign income and investment, taxation of U.S. taxpayers with foreign source income, multilateral tax forums, and reconciliation of U.S. and foreign tax systems. (An LL.M. in taxation with emphasis on international taxation is an acceptable substitute for one year of experience. Applicants need not have experience on all listed topics; breadth of experience is to be considered in rating the technical knowledge factor below.
- Experience as an attorney at a GS-15 (or equivalent) level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector in the field of international taxation. (GS-15 level: generally 6 or more years of professional experience relevant to the position; ability to independently identify issues, marshal resources, and resolve problems; considered authoritative expert in several issue areas; substantive results accepted without review of methods and resources. Publications and technical presentations are acceptable evidence of “expertise.”)
- Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, including administrative guidance process, applicable to the Internal Revenue Code, and international bilateral and multilateral agreements and treaties concerning the allocation of taxing rights among countries and the administration of cross-border taxation systems. (Desirable source for such knowledge: Relevant experience as a member of the Treasury Office of Tax Policy, Congressional staff, and/or IRS Chief Counsel. Acceptable substitute: private practice or association work “lobbying” Congress and/or Administration regarding legislative changes or reviewing and commenting upon proposed regulations and proposed international tax agreements. Knowledge gained from such experience must be relevant to the Internal Revenue Code administrative guidance process or international tax agreements involving the United States and multilateral tax organizations.)
MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS – These responses must be uploaded with your application.
You must address all five ECQs in a written narrative response (generally 2 pages per ECQ, not exceeding 10-pages written in Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) format:
- Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.
- Context: Talk about individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
- Action: Discuss specific actions you took to address the challenge.
- Result: Give specific examples of the results of your actions and the impact on the organization.
Additional information on ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/.
Please be advised the individual selected for this position will likely require certification by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) conducted by OPM, prior to receiving the Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment. Your responses are required for each of the ECQs, unless you have had your ECQs previously certified by an OPM QRB for the SES. If you completed an SES probationary period, or did not have to serve one, and were removed for a reason that made you ineligible for reinstatement to the SES, you will need a new QRB certification. If you already have been certified by an OPM QRB, submit proof such as a copy of the certification or an SF-50 showing SES Career Status. Your SF-50 should show a code 4 in block 34. If it shows a code 3, you must address the ECQs or provide a copy of the OPM certification.
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. (Competencies include creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, and vision.)
ECQ 2: 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 include conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, and team building.)
ECQ 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. (Competencies include accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, and technical credibility.)
ECQ 4: Business Acumen This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies include financial management, human capital management, and technology management)
ECQ 5: 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 include partnering, political savvy, and influencing/negotiating.)
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs):All applicants must submit a written narrative that addresses each of the MTQs separately. The narrative must not 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 considered for the position. In addition to the ECQs, 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.
MTQ1: TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE: 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.
MTQ2: ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE: 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.
MUST be a graduate of a recognized law school.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- A recruitment incentive may be offered.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- A one year SES probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Public Trust – Background Investigation will be required.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
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. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
A complete application includes:
- A separate narrative of 10-pages or less that addresses the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Pages beyond the first ten (10) will not be considered in the process. Current and former career Senior Executive Service employees and graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program who have been certified by OPM’s QRB are not required to address the ECQs. ECQ narratives are MANDATORY for all other applicants in order to be considered.
- A separate narrative that addresses each of the Technical Qualifications. It is MANDATORY for all applicants to submit this narrative. The narrative must address each of the MTQs separately and must not 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 considered for the position.
- SF-50 (or other personnel action that verifies civil service). Current Federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents current tenure, position title, series, and grade level. Current or former SES must submit a SF-50 that documents career appointment status in the SES.
- Proof of OPM QRB Certification. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) graduates that have not been appointed to the SES must submit a copy of their OPM QRB Certification. This document should be uploaded under the “other document type” field.
- Education Documentation: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.
- Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
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 DATEOF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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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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