ATTORNEY ADVISOR (GENERAL)
Department Of The Treasury - Washington, DC

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WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

WHAT DOES AN ATTORNEY ADVISOR (GENERAL) DO? The Attorney Advisor (General) provides advice and technical guidance to the Director, Workforce Relations Division; Associate Director, Labor Relations, Strategy and Negotiations, and Executives across the IRS generally, with regard to labor/management issues, and specifically, with regard to any personnel policies or practices affecting conditions of employment of bargaining unit employees and any related obligations to the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). They serve as the point of contact on high level labor/management policy issues and any associated grievances, unfair labor practices, appeals, etc.

WHAT IS THE HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICE? The HCO mission is to make IRS an employer of choice and a leader in human capital planning and management. It develops strategies and tools for recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a highly skilled and high performing workforce to support the IRS mission. HCO develops and implements technology-enabled systems to improve human capital planning and management and to empower employers to achieve their potential.

(1) Position located at 1111 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20224

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Not Required

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Alternative Work Schedule, staggered work hrs or telework may be available.
  • Moving expenses may be authorized.
  • TOD: Monday-Friday, Dayshift
  • Requires annual certification of bar membership.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service

DUTIES: As an Attorney Advisor (General), you will:
  • Provide advice and technical guidance to management on human resources policies and practices affecting working conditions which require consultation with National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and that have an impact on labor/management issues.
  • Serve as the point of contact on labor/management issues such as grievances, unfair labor practices, appeals, etc.
  • Research and analyze case law, contracts, precedents, policies, arbitration decisions and guidance, etc. Anticipate management needs and respond to inquiries regarding union and employee rights, implications of arbitration decisions, FLRA regulations, etc.
  • Coordinate and develop management's position on controversial issues, initiate actions that address problems that result from work performance that infringe on employee rights, and conduct studies, analyzing factors such as turnover, absenteeism, grievances, accidents, etc.
  • Advise and assist the Associate Director in sensitive and confidential matters, including personnel and budget matters.
  • Consult with senior management and staff on critical organizational and management issues.
  • Assist the Associate Director in planning, organizing, and leading multifunctional efforts to evaluate plans and proposals for projects involving broad areas of work processes, operational practices, and integration between various functional areas.
  • Carry out high-level discussions with representatives of policy-making agencies as well as representatives from Agency-Wide Shared Services (AWSS), Treasury Department, and other agencies concerning significant labor relations issues and the development of labor relations legislation and regulations.
  • Coordinate development of the Division's labor relations strategic plan.
  • Identify management's short/long-term objectives, propose agency policy, and formulate recommendations for a labor relations program strategy that will support the accomplishment of those objectives.
  • Serve as the primary resource for senior executives and managers in matters of interest and provide expert technical advice on a wide variety of highly-complex and potentially sensitive labor relations problems.

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

GS-14-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-13) 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 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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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Legal, Government and Jurisprudence, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Organizational Knowledge, Analytical Skill, Project/Program Management, Program Evaluation, Interpersonal Skills, and Problem Solving. 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 for this position. For tips preparing your resume click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf ; for cover letter tips click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf .

2. You will be tentatively assigned to a Quality Group (Best Qualified (BQ), Highly Qualified (HQ), and Qualified (Q) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., BQ = Superior, HQ = Highly Qualified, etc.) Candidates will be considered in quality group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service -connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality group (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a quality group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results. Your final quality group assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in quality group order (BQ, HQ, Q). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS 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 receive a score of 80 or HQ or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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BENEFITS: We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at: https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION: REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Jennifer Hoffman at 267-941-1717. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification ); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Travel may be required 1 to 5 nights a month.
  • 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.
  • Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

  • In accordance with 5 CFR 302.12, if you currently hold a position in the competitive service and are selected for and accept the Attorney position in the excepted service, you must sign a Notification and Acknowledgment indicating that you voluntarily relinquish the competitive position you currently hold.

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