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Job Title:  Chief, Civil Trial Section, Central Region
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-Tax-SES-02

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 19, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
All groups of qualified individuals


Join one of the best places to work in government - the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Department of Justice ranked 8th among cabinet-level agencies and the Tax Division ranked 17th among 282 sub-agencies surveyed by the Partnership for Public Service for its 2012 “Best Places to Work.”

The Tax Division is seeking a highly skilled counselor and trial attorney with significant federal litigation experience and strong administrative and management ability to serve as Chief of the Civil Trial Section’s Central Region.  This position offers a great opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of tax administration and enforcement.  


  • You must submit your application by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must have a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Resume and supporting documents are required (See "Required Documents")


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The Chief of the Civil Trial Section, Central Region, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, manages a staff of approximately 28 attorneys and 9 support staff.  The Chief advises trial attorneys as to policy, procedure, and substantive case preparation, development, and strategy; reviews case documents; and makes final Section recommendations with respect to appeal and compromise recommendations in cases pending in the Section.  The Chief personally supervises Section tax cases of the greatest magnitude and importance.  The Chief is personally involved in hiring for the Section, assessing training and professional development needs of employees,  and working with the Division’s Office of Training and others to develop and implement training and other developmental programs.  He or she promotes an inclusive culture within the Section and Division and works collaboratively to meet Division and Departmental diversity and inclusion goals. The Chief ensures that attorneys and other section employees operate within Section budget constraints and comply with all government recordkeeping requirements (financial and otherwise) and with Division and Department litigating policies and procedures.   The Chief represents the Division at, or independently participates in, conferences and other gatherings sponsored by the bench and bar. The Chief is personally responsible for keeping the Assistant Attorney General and the appropriate Deputy Assistant Attorneys General timely and fully informed about issues, positions to be taken, and procedural developments in pending Section cases that may have precedential or policy implications.  Except for important or precedential matters, however, the Chief normally receives only general instructions from the Assistant Attorney General and the appropriate Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. 


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Executive/Managerial Requirements – Applicants must provide a supplemental narrative that demonstrates possession of competencies in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as well as the technical qualifications listed below.

Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages.  The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES.  This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

Current SES career appointees, SES reinstatement eligibles, and certified graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program are encouraged but not required to submit a narrative response addressing the Executive Core Qualifications.

Applicants also must have a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be an active member in good standing in a bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

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.

ECQ 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.

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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

Additional information concerning the ECQs can be found at

Technical qualifications/competencies.

1. Thorough knowledge of laws, policies, procedures, priorities, and initiatives relevant to civil tax enforcement.

2. Substantial experience litigating federal civil tax cases.

3. Experience in supervising federal tax enforcement matters, including the ability to manage complex federal civil tax litigation dockets in accordance with tax enforcement policies, priorities, and procedures.

4. Skill in legal writing and legal oral advocacy, as well as teaching and developing written and oral advocacy skills.

5. Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and organizational structure of, and ability to work effectively with, IRS and Office of Chief Counsel.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


You will be evaluated by an Executive Review Board on the quality and extent of your accomplishments, experience, and education.  The Review Board will refer the best qualified candidate(s) to the selecting official.

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, paid sick leave, holidays, health, life, dental and vision insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees' Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


The selectee may be subject to a one-year SES probationary period.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

This position may require some travel.

The selectee, if not currently employed by the Department of Justice, must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before he or she can be appointed into this position.

The selectee will need a successfully completed and adjudicated background security investigation for appointment to this position.  Entrance on duty may be contingent upon successful completion of the pre-employment security process.

Veterans’ preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration.  The materials you submit will not be returned.  

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

This position is a career-reserved position.  


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Please submit applications by email to  Documents should be submitted in Word, Word Perfect, or PDF format. Please clearly state in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the position of Chief, Civil Trial Section, Central Region.

Please contact us if an alternate means of submission is needed.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Thursday, September 19, 2013


Your application package must include your

•         A resume;
•         Narrative statements that describe experience and accomplishments relevant to each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications;
•         Current or former government employees: a copy of a recent Notification of Personnel Action showing position title, series, and grade; and
•         Current government employees: a copy of the most recent performance appraisal.  Applicants unable to provide their most recent performance appraisal must provide a written explanation for its absence.

Applicants who have completed an OPM-approved Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.


Phone: (202)616-2583
Agency Information:
Human Resources Tax Division Dept of Justice
601 D Street NW
Room 10007
Washington, DC


After the closing date of the announcement, applications will be reviewed and evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.  You will be notified once the selection process has been completed. 

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