The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Finance & Management) supports the administrative, financial, and managerial programs of the Office of Chief Counsel and provides advice to the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels on all management, administrative and human resource matters for the organization nationwide. F&M also has field responsibility for all administrative and human resource functions across the country.

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As a member of the F&M team, the Human Resources Division's mission is to make the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS an employer of choice and a leader in human capital planning and management. It develops strategies and tools for recruiting and hiring a highly skilled and high performing workforce to support the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS mission. The Human Resources Division provides strategic human capital services to approximately 2,000 Chief Counsel employees in sixteen business units, located in Washington, D.C., as well as designated field offices across the United States. The Human Resources Division is committed to excellent customer service and to fairly and equitably identify and employ innovative recruitment, retention, and professional development programs and services in the areas of staffing, classification, payroll, and benefits.

As a Human Resources Specialist with the Staffing, Classification and Benefits Branch, you will provide a day-to-day operating support to assigned organizational components in the delivery of Benefit duties.

A Human Resources Specialist (Benefits), performs the following duties:

  • Provide day-to-day operating support in the delivery of complex benefits services, as well as participating in the development and evaluation of Counsel-wide policies and programs on a variety of Benefits issues. This includes resolution of problems as well as exploring options and alternative courses of action based on a complete understanding of management needs and considerations in accordance with fundamental HRM principles and concepts
  • Counsel employees and family members on retirement, disability retirement, and death benefits and procedures. Topics presented may include briefing on rules and procedures for retirement under FERS and CSRS, retirement benefits (continuation of health and life insurance); changes to or new laws regarding retirement or other benefits, federal/private sector post-retirement employment; and making the transition to new/different life situations encountered in retirement.
  • Process basic to highly complex CSRS, CSRS-Offset and FERS retirement cases including disability and death cases, and resolves complex FERRCA cases within the organization

Please note this is not an all-inclusive list of duties.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – 10% or less of the time will be required for travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals.
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
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  • Subject to a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Must successfully complete a Public Trust 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 2 years of returns.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: interpreting, implementing, adapting, and applying human resources laws, regulations, procedures, and practices related to benefits/retirement for a full range of positions and grades; analyzing and resolving a variety of HR issues including those of a highly complex, sensitive, and controversial nature; and providing technical advisory services on a variety of benefit and entitlements related programs, such as Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Retirement Planning, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), and Federal Health Benefits Program (FEHB).

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/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable: GS-13: You must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).


Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. 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.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: 1) Comprehensive knowledge of human resources management services in retirement and benefits; 2) Skill in communicating complex ideas and options to a wide range of audiences in order to persuade the target audience to accept a certain course of action Ability; 3) Ability to apply a wide range of concepts, practices, laws, regulations, policies, and precedents sufficient to provide comprehensive HR management advisory and technical services on substantive organizational functions and work practices; and 4) Ability to research and analyze benefits/retirement issues and problems and to formulate recommendations and/or draw conclusions. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of 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.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We 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 85 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. 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 .

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES – Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment
– Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
– Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
– Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

Land Management Eligibles must provide all required documentation to verify eligibility, prior performance, and qualifications for the target position. You can find information on the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and eligibility HERE . Land Management Eligibles must compete under competitive merit promotion procedures and meet all applicable requirements as such (time-in-grade restrictions do not apply).

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.

If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) , 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.

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.

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