Overview

The Tax Unit is seeking an attorney to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team. The Unit offers the opportunity to practice in a challenging area of law that frequently presents novel legal questions. Statutes and regulations governing state tax have a substantial impact on Coloradans and ensure that the state and local governments have the resources necessary to provide essential services. Attorneys in the Unit address a wide variety of interesting and complex tax-related legal issues, primarily advising and representing the Department of Revenue.

WHO WE ARE
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and
is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.
Visit our website to learn more: https: coag.gov/.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

The Tax Unit represents the Department of Revenue on all state tax matters, including advice regarding and litigation of matters involving sales and use tax, severance tax, and income tax, among others. The Unit also provides legal advice to many state agencies and officials regarding state tax and constitutional matters, such as Colorados Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

State tax matters often involve questions of first impression, interesting issues of statutory interpretation, the interaction of state and federal law, and a variety of other important legal and constitutional issues. Tax matters are often complex and require sophisticated legal services to ensure that taxpayers, including national and international corporate taxpayers, pay the amount owed under the law, thereby protecting the interests of the state and all taxpayers. These matters often have high dollar amounts at issue with impacts that go beyond any single case.

The attorney will provide general counsel advice to the Department of Revenue regarding rulemaking, proposed legislation, statutory interpretation, policies and processes, and other aspects of the agencys functions and responsibilities. The attorney will also handle tax litigation from inception through administrative and judicial processes, including state and, in some instances, federal court. Finally, the attorney will provide legal advice to other state agencies and officials regarding state tax and constitutional matters. The Tax Unit is highly collaborative, and the attorney should anticipate working as part of a team on many matters.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar.

Our goal is to add someone to our team who is genuinely eager to learn about state tax law, excited to do the work we do, and enthusiastic about growing and developing a litigation and general counsel practice with attorneys who are invested in their success. While we are interested in candidates that have some background and/or experience in state tax law, we know that not everyone will and it is not required. Further, we are open to receiving applications from individuals with varying years of experience. However, our ideal candidates will have the following attributes and interests:

  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical abilities
  • Eager to solve complex problems
  • Litigation and/or clerkship experience
  • Interest in growing and developing a state law tax practice and eager to seek out opportunities for professional growth
  • An understanding of corporate structures and operations
  • Developed collaborative skills, and a commitment to working collaboratively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Eager to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with clients and colleagues
  • Strong motivation to meet the needs of sophisticated clients
  • Demonstrated interest in public service
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation and tax check.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

WHY WORK FOR US

We Embrace Flexibility
We aim to produce outstanding work product for our clients, be efficient with our time, and support each other as team members  which also means we embrace flexible working arrangements when and where possible.

We Are Committed to Diversity
At the Department of Law, we know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed and individuals are equally treated and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce that contributes to creative problem solving and delivers excellent work.

We Have Strong Core Values
Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) “better together,” by working to support each other and collaborate.

We are Committed to Developing our Attorneys
We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our attorneys grow and succeed.

We Offer Excellent Benefits
In addition to competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: a borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan
  • Free access to a recently renovated on-site fitness center
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program
  • Employer-paid mental health and counseling services through Colorado State Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer-paid annual attorney registration dues
  • Employer-provided access to professional development training and CLE through PLI, Department of Law University and other entities.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must establish an account with governmentjobs.com and complete the online applications including the Contact Information section. Applicants are not required to complete the Work Experience, Education, or Additional Information sections of the online application.

Applicants must provide 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and if applicable, your specific experience with state tax law; 2) a resume; 3) a writing sample, and 4) three professional references. Use the “Attachments” feature of the online application to add documents.

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