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Job Title:Assistant Regional Director for Operations (Business Manager)

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-743937-DQ

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$124,491.00 to $194,933.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to Wednesday, October 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.


The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits: paid dental insurance and vision insurance and increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage.


To find out more, go to


The employee in this position will serve as the Assistant Regional Director for Operations (Business Manager) in the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta Regional Office, Atlanta GA.


Salar Range for the SK-17 level: $124,491 - $194,933


Travel may be required.


  • Candidate must be a US Citizen


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The Business Manager is a supervisory position responsible for establishing and reviewing the region’s management objectives and implementing processes to ensure the effective administration of the office operations. Incumbent advises the Regional Director on appropriate resource allocation requirements and projections to ensure that mission objectives are accomplished. Formulates, develops and implements policies and programs with respect to the region’s overall budget, human resources, and office administration. Incumbent is also responsible for conducting analysis and advising the Regional Director on risks and issues as they relate to budget, human resources, and the overarching administration of the Atlanta Regional Office.


More specifically, the Business Manager will have responsibility over:


·       Facilitating staff efforts to transform operations to provide increased effectiveness and efficiency through the conduct of comprehensive studies and analyses of organizational structure and business processes.

·       Assessing operational shortfalls, identifying opportunities for improvement and initiating, among other things, technology exploration, evaluating processes and technologies that may have the potential to improve the effectiveness of the mission of the organization.

·       Serving as a top level advisor to the Regional Director and senior regional office managers in the Division of Enforcement, and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination (OCIE)/National Examination Program (NEP) on program/business process review and analysis issues and best business practices in the industry.

·       Preparation and execution of the Regional Office’s budget including leading and directing all phases of the budget process.

·       Serving as contracting officer on procurement contracts to the extent feasible and/or directly or indirectly supervising the contracting officer’s technical representative (if the contracting officer is located elsewhere) and provide oversight on the region’s acquisition of services, supplies and equipment.

·       Working with senior leadership to manage and track the training needs for the regional staff members by developing long term training plans.

·       Oversee enforcement case management systems, including case openings, closings, financial recording and reporting of disgorgement and penalties ordered, and monitoring of collection efforts for Regional office cases.  Ensuring case closings are processed in accordance with all requirements and in a timely manner.  Reviewing processing systems for all FOIA requests.  Serving as or directly or indirectly supervising the Privacy Officer.  Overseeing records management.

·       Overseeing the Regional Office information technology functions.  Working with Enforcement’s and OCIE’s respective IT organizations as well as the Office of Information Technology, to ensure efficient and effective use of all information technology support systems throughout the region.

·       Serving as the region’s liaison to Enforcement’s and OCIE’s mission support offices to ensure that administrative needs are being addressed. Also, where needed providing authoritative analysis, advice and guidance on strategic initiatives and organization planning.

·       Serving a central coordination role for correspondence and data calls to support the Regional Director, addressing inquiries from other parts of the SEC and external stakeholders as they relate to the administrative operations of the region. Overseeing workflow and ensuring all staff provide accurate and timely briefing materials to the Regional Director.

·       Assisting the Managing Executives and other Senior Managers with the Commission’s core operational and administrative functions including strategic planning, acquisition planning and management, human resources, compliance and risk management.

·       Supervising others in their work to plan, organize, and carry through to completion the preparation of work processes and products as they relate to the management and administrative functions.

·       Overseeing the human resources functions.

·       Overseeing all aspects of facilities management, including planning and implementing expansion of office space and overseeing all aspects of physical security.  Managing and reviewing the Offices disaster recovery and continuity of operations programs.

·       Responsible (in conjunction with the Division of Enforcement and OCIE/NEP senior officials) for some or all of the Office’s market intelligence, investor assistance and/or public affairs functions which include responding to customer inquiries and complaints, identifying and coordinating investor outreach opportunities within the regional, and general financial market surveillance of national and regional media in order to identify potential enforcement matters or examinations.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-14 level planning, organizing, and directing activities related to strategic issues, process improvement, and workforce efficiency; serving as an expert authority on financial and human capital management; developing innovative resolutions to highly complex, sensitive, and unresolved issues.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your resume will be evaluated on the listed KSAs in the occupational questionnaire for this announcement. 


Ability To Analyze And Evaluate Complex Management Issues

Skill In Analyzing Guidance To Determine The Impact On The Organization's Budget And Program Requirements

Skill In Applying Management Control Techniques And Concepts To Changing Programs And Priorities

Skill In Handling And Management Of Organizational Human Resources Matters

Ability To Manage Staff With Varied Technical Skills And Backgrounds

Ability To Effectively Communicate In Writing And Other Than In Writing


Important Notes:

1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  For more information, visit

3. This position has promotion potential to the SK-17. 

4. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

5. 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.

6. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.

7. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

8. This position is not in the bargaining unit. 

9. Mulitple vacancies may be filled under this announcement.


Information for veterans:  You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment.  For more information please visit:

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.


BASIS OF RATING:  Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

Individuals with veteran's preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.


There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified 


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to or call 202-551-4158.  To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.


TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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

Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Occupational Questionnaire, Résumé, 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.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 743937.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  andView Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

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.


For this job announcement the following documents are required:

1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

2. Résumé

3. For Veterans: DD-214; For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (if you are claiming veterans preference)


Donna M. Quarles
Phone: (202)551-7452
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC


After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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