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FRANCHISE TAX BOARD

Title:  TAX COUNSEL III (SPECIALIST)
Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,857.00
Posted: 02/21/2014

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION :
Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel, the incumbent exercises broad discretion to handle individually, and to advise and represent the Franchise Tax Board in all matters pertaining to the management of FTB’s employee work force, and will provide legal advice as needed on a wide range of other issues presented to the General Counsel section. The incumbent's responsibilities may include legal consultation regarding disciplinary actions; advice on a wide variety of issues arising under state and federal anti-discrimination laws, such as reasonable accommodation requests and discrimination complaints and investigations; consultation on issues arising under bargaining unit contracts; advice regarding legal issues arising under state and federal statutory and constitutional law in connection with employee investigations, employee privacy, employee speech protections, computer privacy, and privacy issues pertaining to the disclosure and/or acquisition of personal information; and to conduct extensive legal research into all matters pertaining to topics listed above.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES :
  • Membership is the California State Bar.
  • Please see the Tax Counsel/ Tax Counsel III classification specification for specific required knowledge, skills and abilities.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with staff and the public at all levels.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience in the practice of personnel related legal issues, experience with administrative and/or court proceedings related to personnel issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand legal issues involving personnel issues, privacy issues, anti-discrimination laws, the state discipline process.
  • Demonstrated ability to offer advice on personnel issues in both written and oral forms, and to interact with both management and staff on these issues.

WHO MAY APPLY :
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. To apply for this job opportunity as a list candidate, you must first take the online Attorney (Tax Counsel) Exam or Attorney III Specialist (Tax Counsel III) Exam. 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.

HOW TO APPLY :
Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following documents:

SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION:
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:

  • Provide a description of your work experience that qualifies you for this position, including experience specifically related to the Desirable Experience/Qualifications.

*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: William C. Hilson at M/S A-260. 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 #1314-3389

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Tax Counsel 564 - 410 - 6733 - 003
Will also consider hiring a(n)
TAX COUNSEL $4,674.00 - $4,861.00
Location County
Legal Division, Litigation Bureau SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
03/07/2014 www.ftb.ca.gov
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P.O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812
William C. Hilson
(916) 845-3741


Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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