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    Summary

    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. Our 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.

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    Responsibilities

    The Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division Counsel, Washington D.C. provides legal advice and litigation support services on tax matters involving employee plans, exempt organizations, employment tax, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and certain federal, state, local and Indian Tribal government issues to a wide variety of internal and external customers and clients.

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-06. 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.

      • Direct incoming telephone calls to appropriate employee or business unit, and record message if required.
      • Determine which telephone calls should be referred to supervisor or other management officials. Handle calls within your scope, receive outside visitors for meetings in branch.
      • Receives and reads incoming correspondence, reports, etc., screens out items that can be personally handled and routes remaining material to supervisor or subordinates together with necessary background materials.   Determines incorrect routing of correspondence and re-routs to appropriate business unit.
      • Receives, reads, distribute correspondence. Respond to certain inquiries as required. Receives outgoing correspondence submitted for Branch Chief’s approval to ensure appropriate format, grammatical accuracy, and conformance to general policy.
      • Establish and maintain official records of travel and maintain file of open and closed cases in the branch.
      • Establish and maintain subject-matter files (including confidential files as required) in connection with the work the supervisor controls. Exercises own initiatives or revises files to meet current needs and demands for material.
      • Makes all necessary official travel arrangements for Branch Chief and branch members. Reserve travel ticket and hotel and prepare travel voucher upon return.
      • Arrange and schedule appointments for conferences including space, time people, etc.; assembles appropriate background materials for supervisor. May attend conference to prepare report of proceedings.
      • As required, uses other office automated systems such as email, electronic calendar, Word, etc.
      • Inputs or oversees the input of relevant data into automated information tracking system(s).   Produce standard and ad hoc reports regarding various subjects related to work load items.

    Please note this list of duties is not all inclusive.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    06

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    0318 Secretary

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
    • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.

    Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

    Qualifications

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

    Typing Proficiency:
    A typing proficiency of 40 words per minute with no more than three errors is required. Proof of an acceptable typing speed must be submitted with the application in one of the following ways: 1. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows Federal employment in a typing, office automation, or stenography position; 2. 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 3. Self-certify by indicating typing speed on your application.

    This position requires office automation skills. Some example of office automation software include electronic spreadsheets, database management, desktop publishing, and electronic calendar and mail.

    Specialized Experience:
    GS-05: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: maintaining files and records, receiving and screening visitors, scheduling appointments; providing information or referring telephone calls to appropriate area.

    You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: four years of education above high school.
    OR
    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    GS-06: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: establishing files or records, reviewing and editing written materials for content and grammatical accuracy, locating and summarizing conference arrangements, arranging meeting, and providing guidance to office and clerical staff. You must have a working knowledge of automation equipment with multiple software capabilities in order to create, manipulate, compute, report, retrieve, print and transmit data.

    Experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit is received for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, as well as indicate the number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    Education

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:
     If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent.

    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 to 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.

    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework and flexible work schedules.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • A 1-year probationary period is required.
    • 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, please 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.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • 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

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume 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:

    • Ability to receive visitors and callers effectively and professionally.
    • Ability to screen and distribute incoming correspondence and to review outgoing correspondence for format, grammar and tone.                            
    • Ability to establish and maintain files.
    • variety of activities.
    • Skill in the use of office automation equipment and software program related thereto.

    Category rating 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 this 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. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview, such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; and 3. 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/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

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:
    If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, 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.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION:
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    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.

    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: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    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 (7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Treasury 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 Treasury’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, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    • 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@do.treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    Christien Hawthorne

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
    Staffing, Classification & Benefits
    4050 Alpha Road
    Dallas, Texas 75244
    United States
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    Next steps

    To check the status of your application for an announcement:

    1. Login to your USAJOBS account, select the Applications section, and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for.
    2. Under application status, click additional application information and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status. The additional application information link may not be available if your application status says Unavailable. This indicates that your application is not complete. If the vacancy is still open, you can click on the job announcement and "Update Application" to be taken back to the CareerConnector portion of the application.
    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 Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518018500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.