Internal Revenue Service - Washington, DC

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As an Attorney Chief Negotiator, you will:
  • Serve as the Service's expert in the planning, implementation, and execution of nationwide programs under the jurisdiction of the Workforce Relations Division, Office of Labor Relations Strategy and Negotiations.

  • Act as a legal and technical consultant for the IRS, in conjunction with General Legal Services (GLS), on the most difficult, important and complex professional legal matters arising in connection with the work of the office (i.e., labor and employment law, personnel, FOIA, civil rights, ADR, ethics, etc.).

  • Confer with the Director and senior officials within and outside the Agency to provide information, guidance, analyses, and recommendations on all program aspects, to include policy and procedure development and case adjudication and litigation.

  • Serve as the senior Negotiator in negotiations and discussions with National representatives of National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU) for issues having significant service-wide impact. Execute all phases of the most complex negotiations with NTEU officials at the national level requiring analytical techniques and development of innovative methods and strategies to address a large body of interrelated problems.

  • Function as a project leader in providing oversight and/or guidance to employees who are assigned to support the various Labor Relations programs, and/or programs with Labor Relations impact including teams engaged in national negotiations with NTEU for both Term and Mid-Term Reopener negotiations, as well as the most complex and high level Mid-Term negotiations under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for issues of critical importance to IRS with broad Service-wide impact.

  • Initiate, plan, organize, and conduct national studies of major programs and systems related to the service-wide delivery of assigned programs. Lead or conduct comprehensive operational reviews, and conduct program analyses to determine mission/program effectiveness, identify issues and program impediments, and establish courses of action necessary to enhance program effectiveness.

QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-15-LEVEL You must be a graduate, with an LL.B. or J. D. from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association, or a State Accredited Law School, and be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. AND You must have one year or twelve (12) months of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance.

Qualifying experience is experience demonstrating: Mastery knowledge of executive orders, regulations, principles, practices and techniques of labor relations, and knowledge of objectives, principles, policies, and procedures of personnel management in the federal service to provide integrated solutions to labor problems/issues. In addition, you must have experience negotiating mid-term changes, conducting Mid-Term Re-Opener negotiations, and conducting Term negotiations or bargaining over Term-level matters with a large union representing over 50,000 federal employees. Expert level knowledge of the Federal Labor Management Relations Statute and Executive Order 12871 and ability to use it as a framework in recognition, consultation and negotiation with labor organizations; Expert knowledge of current issues, problems, and procedures in federal and non-federal sector labor relations to develop agency policy and provide a wide range of advisory services and a high level of consultative support; Expert knowledge of communication techniques, both orally and in writing, in order to explain, persuade, guide, counsel, question, and respond regarding extremely complex and complicated concepts and situations to a wide variety of people with varying technical expertise, educational background, organizational knowledge and often strongly-held points of view.

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