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

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:12-MP-743859-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


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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 

This Assistant Regional Director for Operations (Business Manager) position is located in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta Regional Office, Atlanta, GA. 

Travel may be required.


Salary Range for: SK-17: $124,491 - $194,933



  • This position is open to Status eligibles.


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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


Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualifying experience for the SK-17 level: Candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-14 level planning, organizing, and directing activities related to operations, strategic issues, process improvement, and workforce efficiency; serving as an expert authority on financial and human capital management; conducting complex process improvement studies on workflow, business processes, and communication; and 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. To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. This position has promotion potential to the SK- 17 level. 

5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

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

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

9. This position is not in the bargaining unit.


Veterans' Preference:  If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the proof/documents required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see


Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  If you applying as for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible. 


Career Transition Assistance Program: If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to: The Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:  The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:


·         Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments

·         Hiring Authorities for Veterans

·         People with Disabilities





BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.



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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 To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service. To contact the Disability Program Office by phone, call 202-551-4158.


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 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: Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy ID 743859


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG:VacancyID.  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 View Occupational Questionnaire.


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


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.



All documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.



For this job announcement the following documents are required: 


·         Résumé

·         Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire


Other Supporting Documents (if applicable):


·         Veterans' Preference or VEOA documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-15)

·         Standard Form 50-Notification of Personnel Action (if you are a current or former Federal service employee)

·         CTAP/ICTAP documentation

·         Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation

·         All documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST  Wednesday, October 10, 2012.



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 occupational 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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