National Negotiator or Assistant Counsel

National Treasury Employees Union, Negotiations Department
District of Columbia

A vacancy exists for a National Negotiator or Assistant Counsel for Negotiations in the Negotiations Department of the National Treasury Employees Union in Washington, D.C. This is a bargaining unit position with a career ladder on the NTEU pay scale of Grade 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, with a three-year wait between Grades 14 and 15. The incumbent will be responsible for negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the IRS and other federal agencies. In addition to serving as the Union’s chief spokesperson in a variety of fora (e.g., arbitration, mediation, impasse resolution, fact-finding, and unfair labor practice hearings), the incumbent will be responsible for pursuing NTEU’s goals and objectives through the collective bargaining process. Some of the significant duties for which applicants must have demonstrated ability are listed below.

To be qualified to apply for this position, applicants should have experience drafting collective bargaining proposals; conducting legal research and preparing briefing memoranda; assembling evidence and preparing witnesses for hearings; drafting legal submissions (e.g., pre-and post-hearing briefs, statements of position, petitions, and fact-finding recommendations); analyzing proposals for negotiability and devising ways to overcome obstacles to reaching agreement; identifying and successfully managing varied and competing interests during the collective bargaining process; coordinating input from local Chapter leaders across the country and updating them on bargaining developments; commenting on proposed regulations; soliciting and/or identifying qualified volunteers to participate in special assignments (e.g., workgroups, bargaining teams, labor-management committees, and internal union advisory groups/committees); employing collaborative problem-solving techniques; playing an active role in promoting labor-management partnerships; managing all aspects of the collective bargaining process; and, devising strategies for producing negotiated agreements that advance chapter building. Although a law degree is not strictly required, it is strongly preferred. D.C. bar membership (or waive-in eligibility) is required for the Assistant Counsel position.

Proven leadership skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks under tight time constraints are essential. Periodic travel outside of the Washington area may be required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, legal writing sample, and appropriate references to:

Kenneth E. Moffett, Jr.
Director of Negotiations
National Treasury Employees Union
1750 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(via e-mail at

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