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Salary: $6,775.00 - $8,077.00
Posted: 02/19/2014

Job Description:
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** As required by the department's rules of conduct, all employees of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) must be in compliance with the California revenue and taxation code. During the background investigation portion of the hiring process, FTB will review return information to verify California state income tax compliance. Any failure to comply with the California revenue and taxation code may prevent you from being hired at FTB. You must verify your filing status by calling 1-800-852-5711 to resolve any potential tax compliance issues, prior to submitting your application and seeking employment with FTB. All applicants not currently employed with the Franchise Tax Board will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons with hearing or speech impairments, call TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929.

Under the general direction of the Section Manager, the Program Specialist III acts as the highest level technical specialist and technical resource to the TRS management team and audit programs on matters concerning audit and tax issues. Provides expert consultation and advice for handling complex and sensitive audit cases with emerging or precedent-setting issues, including issues relating to multistate/multinational corporations and/or apportioning pass through entities with complex ownership structures. Develops audit policy and procedures impacting programs at a divisional or enterprise level relating to the largest and most complex returns. Leads implementation efforts for new legislation or new policies with a highly sensitive or political nature and communicates associated risks to management. Provides training and development to audit staff on complex tax issues. Works collaboratively with other areas of the department on policy and legislative development and knowledge transfer. Works collaboratively with the TRS management team to achieve the program’s goals.


  • Strong technical knowledge of California and federal tax laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to personal income tax, pass through entities, or multistate/multi-national corporations.
  • Strong knowledge of the organization and operation of FTB programs.
  • Strong knowledge of FTB Audit tax policies, procedures and practices.
  • Ability to recognize a change in tax laws, rules and/or regulations that would impact the tax programs and the ability to lead staff through the changing processes or programs.
  • Ability to effectively identify and communicate risks associated with new legislation, policy changes, or emerging issues.
  • Excellent communication skills - oral, written, and good listener.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others.
  • Strong leadership and staff development skills - ability to promote trust and credibility with staff and peers.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, opinions, and suggestions; openly and honestly with the management team and peers.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate the ability to support the program’s vision and goals.
  • Demonstrated initiative.
  • Ability to be objective and impartial in analyzing facts and making recommendations.
  • Ability to effectively plan and prioritize work to meet objectives and timelines.
  • Ability to present the Department’s position on unique and precedent setting audit issues and policies, including presenting in external stakeholder forums.
  • Ability to travel and work away from home.

Current state employees with status in the above classification or lateral transfers from an equivalent class, former state employees who can reinstate into this class or persons who are reachable on a current employment list for this classification. A training and development assignment (T & D) may also be considered. All appointments are subject to SROA/Surplus hiring provisions. Surplus candidates must submit an application packet as outlined in this bulletin with a copy of their surplus status letter in order to be considered.

Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following documents:

In order to be considered for this position, interested applicants must submit a supplemental application. Your response must be no more than two type-written pages in length, using 12-point font, 1 inch margins and include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Respond to the following supplemental statement:

  • Effectively implementing new legislation or developing new policies/issues, including identifying and communicating any associated risks, is part of a Program Specilist III's role in TRS. Provide an example of when you lead an implementation effort over new legislation, a policy change, or an emerging issue. Include the following elements in your response:
    • What was the situation?
    • What steps did you take or tools did you use to ensure a smooth implementation?
    • How did you identify and communicate risks?
    • What steps did you take to educate/inform internal and/or external impacted parties?
    • What was the outcome?

  • Please include for this example:
    • Employer
    • Supervisor name(s) who can verify the information
    • Your position/title
    • How long you held the position

*A completed application includes the position title, position number and contact person’s name in the job title line, and must be signed. Candidates who do not submit all of the required documents (incomplete application packages) will be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. FTB EMPLOYEES MUST HAND DELIVER OR ROUTE TO: Annette Kunze at M/S F-350. Candidates not currently employed by the Franchise Tax Board must send their application package to the address shown below. Multiple positions may exist for this vacancy.

RPA #'s 1314-3409 & 3410

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Technical Resource Specialist 564 - 346 - 4366 - 001
Location County
Technical Resource Leadership Team / Audit Division Multiple
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P. O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812-0550
Annette Kunze
(916) 845-6044

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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