Open & closing dates
11/15/2018 to 11/26/2018
Pay scale & grade
$37,113 to $48,249 per year
Recent Graduates – Appointment is for an initial period of one year or more.
Few vacancies in the following locations:
Washington DC, DC
New Carrollton, MD
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
Open to U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals who are: 1) Recent Graduates and have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying education institution within the previous two years. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation have a full two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. The eligibility period for veterans must be within six years of degree completion;
OR 2) CTAP Eligibles.
WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL, IRS? The Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax law firm in the country. The Office of Chief Counsel serves 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. We are as interested in your career as you are!
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Applicant may be selected from any one of the following business units:
The Associate Chief Counsel, Income Tax and Accounting (ITA) employs approximately 90 tax professionals who work in our national office in Washington, D.C. These professionals provide legal advice and litigation support on tax matters involving recognition and timing of income and deductions of individuals and corporations, sales and exchanges, capital gains and losses, accounting methods and periods, installment sales, long term contracts, inventories and alternative minimum tax to the IRS, the Office of Chief Counsel, the Dept. of Treasury, and to other government agencies and the public.
The Associate Chief Counsel ( Finance & Management) (F&M) supports the administrative, financial, and managerial programs of the Office of Chief Counsel and provides advice to the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel on all management matters for the organization nationwide. F&M also has field responsibility for all administrative functions and personnel across the country. The Training and Communications Branch performs two vital functions for the Office: the design and delivery of high quality training, and the facilitation of essential communication. Each of these functions serves our mission to enhance employee efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement.
Small Business/Self Employed (SBSE) is the largest Chief Counsel division, with attorneys assigned to 48 field offices. These attorneys work directly with IRS field agents providing legal advice on tax cases involving individuals and small business, and all cases involving collection and bankruptcy issues. When these cases go to trial, SBSE attorneys are the IRS litigators, with direct responsibility for identifying the desired legal theories, developing the trial strategies and representing the IRS in court.
WHAT DOES A MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT DO? As a Management Assistant, you will gain experience with computer systems and databases – entering, retrieving and organizing information and documents and assist with all the support activities perform in a legal office.
WHAT IS THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? The Treasury’s Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.
Following the completion of program requirements, selectees may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional or term appointment. All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to:
- Successful completion of at least 1-year of continuous service;
- Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training;
- Demonstration of successful job performance; and
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted.
The following are the duties of this position at the GS-05 level. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this developmental position.
- Creates and/or maintains various records of organizational and operational charts, function statements, and staff levels. Maintains records of management analysis data and reports, provides standard explanation of procedures and requirements, identifies clear errors in data, and compiles management data into prescribed formats.
- Recognizes and extracts pertinent information from various sources (e.g., manual logs and/or software programs); prepares, verifies and maintains statistical data relating to legal case workload and staffing for historical and forecasting analysis purposes, corrects obvious mathematical errors, and assists the staff in preparing regular and ad hoc studies for assigned office.
- Prepares, produces and assembles a variety of written documents utilizing various software applications in support of litigation and other administrative functions. Presents correspondence for review in proper format and grammar.
- Receives visitors and telephone calls. Receives and reviews mail. Arranges meetings including finding mutually satisfactory times, reserving meeting rooms, notifying participants and preparing reports when requested.
- Answers inquiries from audit managers, program managers and personnel concerning legal case status and basic program review procedures.
Conditions of Employment
- Please refer to “Conditions of Employment.”
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You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, applicants must have, within the previous two years*, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution. For more information on education requirements go to Treasury’s Pathways Program.
*Veterans who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the two-year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining two-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran’s eligibility period may not extend beyond six years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.
Typing Proficiency: A typing proficiency of 40 wpm based on a five minute test 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; or 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) A self certification that states you type 40 wpm.
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.
To qualify for the position at the GS-05 level, you must meet one of the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
A. Education – In the Recent Graduates Program you may qualify based solely on education as follows: Bachelor’s Degree or have completed four years or more of education above the high school level in a qualifying educational institution. OR
B. Experience – You may qualify with one year of specialized experience at level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-4 grade level of the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Creating and maintaining records, charts, databases and reports pertaining to management analysis. Assisting staff with extracting information for status and statistical reports and studies. Preparing written documents utilizing various software applications. Screening calls and visitors. Coordinating and scheduling meetings to support office functions. Answering inquiries concerning case status. OR
C. You may qualify by a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
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.
The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- Position may be converted to a permanent or term position.
- If you are a U.S. National, answer YES to the question, Are you a U.S. Citizen?
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- All selectees must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
- Subject to a 1-year trial period is required (unless already completed).
- 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.
- 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 two years of returns.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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: 1) Knowledge of a body of established clerical and technical procedures and requirements related to assigned management processes and tasks in support of an office; 2) Ability to gather information and assist staff with basic research, assemble documents, set up meetings, arrange travel and accommodations, prepare recurring reports, and resolve problems; 3) Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, format and style using a wide array of software programs and internet based databases; 4) Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties; and 5) Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Category-like 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, 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.
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 score an 85 or higher to be rated as “well qualified” to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Q – Sensitive
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; 3.Transcripts; and 4. 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.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You must submit dated documentation showing completion of all educational requirements (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 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.
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.
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.
U.S. NATIONALS: Supporting documentation verifying your eligibility for this announcement will be required if you are selected.
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.
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. Learn more about federal benefits.
Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:
- Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses, and incentive awards.
- For full-time employees – 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 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.
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 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET, 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 email@example.com and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.
Agency contact information
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
4050 Alpha Road, 14th Floor
District of Columbia
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- Login to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” section and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for.
- 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 “Additional Application Information” link is not available and 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.
Fair & Transparent
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.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.