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    A career with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers work that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. You can contribute to securities regulation and enforcement while making a positive difference for the American investing public. The SEC provides:

    • Careers that broaden and deepen your already accomplished knowledge, skills and abilities;
    • An environment that allows you to work and learn with the nation’s experts;
    • Benefits, compensation and career expansion opportunities; and
    • A balance between your professional and family life.

    To find out more about the SEC, go to http://www.sec.gov

    The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

    • Paid dental and vision insurance;
    • Subsidy for health insurance, which supplements your health benefits premiums by $27.45 for self-only coverage, $51.29 for self plus one, and $54.90 for family coverage;
    • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program;
    • Mass transportation subsidy;
    • "WorkSmart" - Opportunities for flexible work schedules and expanded telework

    The Chair's Attorney Honors Program is a highly selective program that allows students to begin work as Law Clerks after graduation but before they pass the bar. Upon bar admittance to a state bar association, Law Clerks are eligible to be converted to Attorney positions within the SEC. This program is designed for third year (3L) law students, LL.M, joint degree JD/graduate students, and those selected for a judicial clerkship as a means to secure future employment with the SEC.

    This announcement has been extended and will now close on Monday, October 3, 2016 or when the 500th application is received, whichever occurs first.

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    If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for securities regulation or enforcement. This position is open in the following Divisions. You will be asked to specify your preferred division(s) on the assessment questionnaire.

    Typical duties include:

    Division of Enforcement

    • Investigating possible violations of the federal securities laws
    • Developing, collecting, and reviewing documentary records
    • Conducting related legal research and writing
    • Interviewing or taking on the record testimony from witnesses
    • Participating in all phases of litigation
    • Providing legal expertise in cases involving possible civil or criminal violations
    • Coordinating with other federal or state agencies

    Division of Corporation Finance

    • Reviewing disclosure documents to ensure that investors are provided with material information in order to make informed investment decisions
    • Provides interpretive guidance to companies on SEC rules, regulations, and forms
    • Conducts rule writing of new and revised rules and regulations for the Commission in order to meet mission objectives of investor protection and capital formation

    Division of Trading & Markets

    • Working on projects relating to the markets and market participants
    • Working with a rulemaking team or rule filings submitted by self-regulatory organizations
    • Researching and analyzing issues relating to the markets or market participants and preparing memoranda;
    • Working on matters related to the equity, options, security-based swaps, and fixed income markets; trading practices issues; clearance and settlement of securities; broker-dealer matters; and various other items

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    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    You are eligible to apply for the Chair's Attorney Honors Program if you are a current law student who will graduate between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017; or you are a joint degree law student who will complete all academic requirements for both degrees and graduate from both programs between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017; or if you have been selected for, but have not started working at, a judicial clerkship.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • This position is open to US Citizens AND
    • persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship
    • as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B)


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.  

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In order to qualify for this position at the grade level SK-11, you must meet at least one of the following:

    1. Be a current law student who will graduate between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017; or

    2. Be a current joint degree law student who will complete all academic requirements for both degrees and graduate from both programs between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017; or

    3. Be selected for, but have not started working at, a judicial clerkship at the time of your application for this program.



    Important Notes:

    1. This position is open to all U.S. citizens and persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B).

    2. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.
    3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
    4. FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL: This position has promotion potential to the SK-11.
    5. TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year trial period. 
    6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
    7. DRUG TESTING:  This position may be subjected to drug testing requirements.
    8. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    9. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    10. This position is in the collective bargaining unit.

    The Chair's Attorney Honors Program appointments are 14 month long developmental appointments with the option of conversion, after successful admission into a state bar association, into an Attorney position. Chair's Attorney Honors Program participants may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).

    Participants will be assigned to a division and will be afforded training and development opportunities, including rotational opportunities within their home office or to another hosting office.

    Additional information

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC, submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process here: https://www.sec.gov/forms/ADA4Applicants.  Please be sure to submit your request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.

    TTY/ASCII: Video Relay Service users are welcome to contact the appropriate SEC office or employee via the contact information listed above.  If you do not otherwise have access to a Video Phone or Video Relay service, you may send us an email or use the Federal Video Relay Service via the internet.  For more information about using the Federal Relay Service and to create a new account, please see: http://fedvrs.us/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the occupational questionnaire.  Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. After review of your application materials, if you are determined to be minimally qualified, you will be referred to the selecting official.

    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

    Technical Competence - Knowledge of federal securities laws, financial services industries, or accounting principles.

    Written Communication - Skill in presenting concise and clear written information and opinions in financial economics for the basis of critical management decisions.

    Oral Communication - Skill in expressing clear and convincing ideas and facts to individuals as well as a wide range of audiences.

    The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

    • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
    • Required: Your resume showing relevant duties, when the duties were performed (MM/YY), and your work schedule. Note: Resumes must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures.
    • Required, if applicable: Veteran's Documentation. 
    • Required: An unofficial law school transcript (NOTE: If you are selected for this position, official transcripts will be required).
    • Required, if applicable: A copy of your offer letter indicating you have been selected for a judicial clerkship.

    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.

    All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, October 03, 2016 to be considered.

    Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the resume, Occupational Questionnaire and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.
    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
    You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
    1. Print the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1779956.
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    Agency contact information

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    Securities and Exchange Commission
    100 F Street NE
    Washington, DC 20549
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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation’s securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.

    Next steps

    Please do not contact the agency for status updates. Your USAJOBS account will have your most up-to-date status. You can check the status of your application by accessing USAJOBS and clicking "Track Your Online Application".

    Applicants will be contacted directly by hiring officials to establish and conduct interviews. Interviews will be conducted in October with selections made by the end of November. Once selections are complete all applicants' statuses will be updated through USAJOBS.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be terminated after you begin work, or you may be fined and/or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation before appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e. degree, Veterans' documentation, certification of disability, etc.).

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/447946300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.