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Job Title:Financial Analyst

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-784734-NW

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

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$56,011.00 to $132,856.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 16, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC 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


This position is in the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation located in Washington, DC.


Salary Range:  SK-09 – $56,011 – $81,540

  SK-11 – $67,772 – $106,125

  SK-12 – $81,225 – $127,198


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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Serves as Financial Analyst within the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation (RSFI). The incumbent will: 


·         Research, analyze, assemble, and manage data and information for report preparation to support economic research assignments, studies, programs, and projects;

·         Analyze and support economic issues and produce qualitative and quantitative analysis regarding those issues or matters;

·         Participate and provide input in the operations, studies, and analyses being conducted by senior financial economists and supervisors;

·         Provide support for a range of issues related to the assigned area of responsibility to include activities such as conducting research, analyzing problems, developing recommendations for action, presenting information briefings, and working with the staff in the conduct of the functional program operations;

·         Work with more experienced or senior staff in preparing reports, memorandums, and other documents relative to procedural policy or legal issues related to assigned program area;

·         Provide assistance to senior staff drafting and analyzing industry actions and developments affecting SEC programs; provide technical support to senior staff on issues involved in and responses to requests; and prepare or review reports involving policy questions;

·         Provide guidance to other analysts in developing recommendations for new activities and serve as a lead point-of-contact for area of specialization;

·         Work as a member of a team providing technical assistance and support to the assigned program area.


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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



SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS/SK-07 level gathering, reviewing, consolidating, and reconciling financial information; applying analytical methods and techniques; conducting independent analyses and evaluations of financial matters, as directed; conducting economic research and obtaining information for assignments through available tools such as automated databases, historical files, and review of previous office operations and cases; preparing and providing progress reports, findings and recommendations to management upon conclusion of studies; preparing written products that accurately describe the issues or problems involved and present a clear explanation of the basis for conclusions drawn and recommendations made; with direct supervision, studying and recommending to the senior staff the resolution of the issues analyzed; and having practical experience in the use of statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA) or computer programming languages (e.g., C++, R, SQL, MATLAB, Gauss, Excel/VBA) for economic and date analysis.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:  Master's or equivalent graduate degree; 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., related to finance.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.  One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education, which includes education exceeding one year of graduate study and specialized experience as described above that meet the total experience requirements.  For example, six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 and one (1) year of successfully completed graduate level education.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the experience described at the SK-09 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-09 level applying current economic and econometric methods and techniques in conducting research to address specific economic issues, and having specialized experience in the use of statistical and financial modeling.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., related to finance. 


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education, which includes education exceeding two years of graduate study and the specialized experience described above that meets the total experience requirements.  For example, six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 and 2½ years of successfully completed graduate level education.




SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  In addition to the experience described at the SK-11 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-11 level performing financial and economic analysis and evaluation to recognize and resolve unusual problems; initiate and implement innovative approaches to data analyses, and work in close collaboration with senior risk or policy advisers to identify potential policy-related or operational issues that could limit the agency's ability to fulfill its mission, and recommends ways to mitigate these risks.




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


·         Knowledge of, and skill and ability to apply finance principles, standards, theories, practices, concepts, and techniques.

·         Knowledge of information assembly and report preparation to support economic research assignments, studies, programs, and projects.

·         Ability to produce written products which accurately describe the issues or problems involved and present a clear explanation of the basis for conclusions drawn and recommendations made.

·         Ability to effectively communicate to identify problems, recommend solutions, provide guidance, and convey complex and technical information to individual and groups with varying degrees of technical sophistication.

·         Ability to collaborate with others to carry out economic studies, programs and projects.

·         Skill and experience with electronic data sources and computer programming software (e.g., C++, R, Matlab).

·         Knowledge of, or skill in the use of a variety of current economic and econometric methods to analyze current and potential financial economic problems and to conduct economic research. This includes the use of data analysis programs, electronic research tools, and databases (e.g., SAS, STATA, CompuStat).

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

4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-12. 

5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary 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. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation 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 in the bargaining unit.

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.


Schedule A Candidates: For information, please e-mail:


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 (indicate appropriate categories).


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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 to 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.


All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, November 30, 2012 to be considered.


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 784734.  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, and

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. Transcripts, unofficial or official (if  you are substituting education for experience)

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


Nicole R. Woodard
Phone: (202)551-7466
Fax: (202)777-1028
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC
20549 Fax: (202)777-1028


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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