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    WHO IS THE IRS OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL? The Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax law firm in the country. The Office of Chief Counsel 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. Consider working for Chief Counsel. We are as interested in your career as you are!

    WHAT DOES A LEGAL ASSISTANT (OA) INTERN DO? As a Legal Assistant student intern in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, you will gain experience with the largest government law firm while you attend college. You will provide clerical support to the legal staff preparing and assembling documents, maintaining legal files and documents, receiving incoming correspondence, reviewing outgoing correspondence, making travel arrangements, arranging appointments and conferences, receiving telephone calls and visitors and other challenging work.

    Would you like to help serve fellow Americans while being exposed to the work of a Federal Career, including experience with solid work assignments that will help you grow professionally through training and mentorship? If your answer is YES, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel Pathways Internship Program is for you! This exciting new program offers students with paid internship opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. You will be provided meaningful developmental work at the beginning of your career.

    Following the completion of educational requirements, you may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional or term appointment. In order to be converted, you must have completed educational requirements and work requirements (640 hours prior to graduation, unless you meet one of the exceptions specified on the OPM Intern Program information page).

    If you are converted after completion of internship, you will be placed into a Legal Assistant position which has promotion potential to the GS-06 level upon meeting time-in-grade requirements and demonstrating possession of the required competencies.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM?
    For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to the following website: www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

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    Responsibilities

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-05. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    • Preparing and assembling documents;
    • Maintaining legal files and documents;
    • Receiving/Reviewing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
    • Utilizing software programs such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, WORD, EXCEL, and PowerPoint in preparing correspondence.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    05

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    This opportunity is open to U.S. Citizens who are Students enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment, and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution; have at least a cumulative (overall) 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale; remain in good academic standing; and be at least 16 years of age.

    ****The announcement closing date has been extended and will close on Monday March 20, 2017.****

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
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    Eligibility Requirements
    To be eligible, you must show proof of current enrollment (e.g., registration for Spring 2017) in a qualifying and accredited educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.

    1) You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment as follows: An individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (high school, college (4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate) in a qualifying and accredited educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93–842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program. For more information on the education requirements go to Treasury’s Pathways Program.

    2) GPA: Every semester, you must maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

    An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    All candidates must document typing skills of 40 words per minute in their submitted application. Proof of an acceptable typing speed must be submitted with the application in one of the following ways:
    • An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows Federal employment in a "typing", "office automation" or "stenography" position;
    • A current notice of test results (from an appropriate testing authority) based on a five-minute typing test which includes words per minute and error rate; or
    • Self-certification on submitted application
    To qualify for the grade 4 level, you must meet the following requirements:

    A. Education: In the Internship Program you may qualify based solely on education as follows: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. OR
    B. Experience: You may qualify with one year of general experience. General experience for this position includes: Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the legal assistant intern position. OR
    C. You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    To qualify for the grade 5 level, you must meet the following requirements:

    A. Education: In the Internship Program you may qualify based solely on education as follows : Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's or equivalent degree. OR
    B. Experience: You may qualify with one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Receiving visitors and phone calls; receiving, opening, time stamping, reviewing, and distributing incoming legal office mail and faxes; preparing and assembling legal files and documents, correspondences, and other material. OR
    C. You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    If qualifying with experience, the experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. 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/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

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    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Travel is not required.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • All selectees must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
    • Complete a trial period, which is at a minimum the entire length of the Internship program.
    • Provide proof of education (transcripts) prior to the job offer; An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Skill in preparing and processing legal and litigation documents and correspondence; Ability to screen and distribute legal correspondence and to review correspondence and other documents for format, grammar, and tone; Ability to effectively and professionally interact with internal and external customers; Skill in the use of office automation equipment and software programs; and Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and perform a variety of clerical and administrative activities. Category-like rating (Quality Group) will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, Category A, Category B, or Category C, depending on your responses to the online questions regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of education (transcripts), 4. Proof of enrollment/registration (for Spring 2017) and 5. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/day/year and number of hours worked 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.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
    You must submit dated documentation verifying you meet the definition of student. (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). 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 the Department of Education Accreditation page.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION
    If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

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    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.

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    How to Apply

    • The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

      The IRS Office of Chief Counsel provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

      To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.

      You will be re-directed to IRS Office of Chief Counsel's CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.

      To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application and the documentation received.

      To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

      If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBSHelpDesk.

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    Camille Schwarz

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    4050 Alpha Rd MS 2115 NDAL
    Dallas, TX
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    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status”. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/465734100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.