Job Posting: Assistant Chief Counsel, Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau

Franchise Tax Board

Assistant Chief Counsel, Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau

$12,312.00 - $14,401.00

Final Filing Date: 5/28/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Legal Division currently has an Assistant Chief Counsel vacancy in its Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau. The Assistant Chief Counsel is a key member of the Legal Division Management Team. Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief Counsel, the incumbent plans, organizes and directs the activities of Legal Division staff in the Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau. Staff's responsibilities in the Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau may include: interpreting laws, regulations and court decisions; handling taxpayer protests and appeals; representing the department before various state administrative bodies including the Office of Tax Appeals; acting as a liaison with the Office of the Attorney General in litigation matters; testifying before legislative and congressional committees; drafting and analyzing legislative proposals and bills; promulgating regulations, rendering advice with respect to other administrative matters; and serving in an acting capacity for the Deputy Chief Counsel in the Deputy Chief Counsel's absence. 

RPA 1819-03051.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Assistant Chief Counsel, Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau
$12,312.00 - $14,401.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Our mission is to help taxpayers file timely and accurate tax returns, and pay the correct amount to fund services important to Californians.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.

This business uses E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.  For more information about E-Verify, please go to

Active membership in The State Bar of California.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE, SECTION 172: All candidates for, appointees to, and employees in the state civil service shall possess the general qualifications of integrity, honesty, sobriety, dependability, industry, thoroughness, accuracy, good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, courtesy, ability to work cooperatively with others, willingness and ability to assume the responsibilities and to conform to the conditions of work characteristic of the employment, and a state of health, consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. Where the position requires the driving of an automobile, the employee must have a valid state driver's license, a good driving record and is expected to drive the car safely. The foregoing general qualifications shall be deemed to be a part of the personal characteristics of the minimum qualifications of each class specification and need not be specifically set forth therein.

**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.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/28/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Franchise Tax Board
Attn: Exam & Hiring Unit - Craig Scott
P. O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812-0550

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Examination & Certification/Hiring Unit
9646 Butterfield Way
Sacramento, CA 95827
Drop off at Welcome Center in Main Lobby (may be non-operational on weekends and holidays)
07:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Supplemental Application - In order to be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a supplemental application. Your response must be no more than two type-written pages in length, using 12-point font, 1-inch standard margins and include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Respond to the following supplemental statement(s):

    Describe what you believe are the day-to-day activities of employees assigned to Franchise Tax Board’s Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau.  Please also describe what you believe are the day-to-day responsibilities of the Assistant Chief Counsel of the Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau and what makes you the best candidate for this position. 

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • A demonstrated ability to understand legal tax issues involving personal income tax, administration and procedure tax, general tax, business entity tax, and other legal issues encountered in the administrative resolution of tax disputes and other programs administered by the Franchise Tax Board
  • Exceptional leadership skills, personnel management skills and flexibility
  • Clear understanding of the Franchise Tax Board's Missions and Values, tax and non-tax programs, policy direction and initiatives
  • Skills to present and respond effectively to executive management, department program managers, elected or appointed officials and the business community.
  • A demonstrated ability to properly identify legal and procedural tax issues in assigned matters to determine timely and appropriate action
  • A broad knowledge of the operations of the Legal Division and its support staff
  • A demonstrated ability to mentor staff to develop skills and knowledge in specialized areas of tax expertise to advance the objectives of the Franchise Tax Board
  • Knowledge of the Franchise Tax Board's management and divisional structure, functions and programs
  • Knowledge of current management trends, including customer service, business organization and operations, technology, resource development and budgeting

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Examination & Certification/ Hiring Unit
(916) 845-3608
Hiring Unit Contact:
Craig Scott
(916) 845-6510

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 845-2860
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


A completed application package must be received in the Examination & Certification/Hiring Unit or postmarked by the final filing date and includes:

  • The position number and job control number in the job title line of the STD. 678

  • “To" and "from" dates (month/day/year) and hours per week for all employment history listed on the STD. 678/resume

  • All of the required documents listed in the “Required Application Package Documents” section 

  • Paper applications must include a signature

Candidates who do not follow all of the listed application instructions may be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended. If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed STD. 678 and application package to the mailing address provided above in the “Application Instructions” section.

Do not include full Social Security Number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.


To apply for the Assistant Chief Counsel position(s) as a list candidate, you must first take the online Assistant Chief Counsel exam or be reachable on Franchise Tax Board’s current Assistant Chief Counsel list.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail