Job Overview


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 employees 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 and vision insurance

·         Increased agency subsidy for health insurance that supplements premiums by $25 for self-only and $50 for family coverage

·         Mass transportation subsidy up to $245 per month

·         Telework Opportunities

·         Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement program 

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The Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.

**This posting is open until September 30, 2013.  As job opportunities occur, qualified applicants will be considered and may or may not be contacted.  Applications will remain on file until December 31, 2013.  The duty station will be determined based on the location of the existing vacancy(s). Please indicate your location(s) of preference from the following (salary varies based on locality): Atlanta, GA ($89,561 - $149,414); Boston, MA ($100,516 - $167,692); Chicago, IL ($97,647 - $162,905); Denver, CO ($93,860 - $156,587); Fort Worth, TX ($91,030 - $151,866); Los Angeles, CA ($99,824 - $166,537); Miami, FL ($91,676 - $152,942); New York, NY ($101,660 - $169,599); Philadelphia, PA ($94,700 - $157,988); Salt Lake City, UT ($86,528 - $144,355); San Francisco, CA ($102,188 - $170,481); Washington, DC ($96,590 - $161,141).


The General Attorney in the Division of Enforcement:

Conducts high profile and complex investigations being undertaken by the SEC.   Provides technical assistance and participates in comprehensive enforcement programs in one or more of the Division's offices engaged in the conduct of investigations.  Serves as a legal expert for investigations including design and development of innovative solutions to address issues and problems or involving novel or unexplored questions of law or policy.   Develops investigative or litigation plans and adjusts as appropriate during the course of an investigation. Drafts subpoenas and other requests for documents,  questions witnesses through interviews, testimony, or depositions, evaluates documentary or testimonial evidence  to demonstrate whether sufficient evidence exists to prove violations of federal securities laws, and prepares litigation-related documents. Attorneys are expected to take initiative in developing proactive investigative approaches, particularly through analyzing industry trends and using innovative technological capabilities.   Must demonstrate high attention to detail.

Advises SEC management with regard to legal strategy for important and sensitive cases.  Provides management with work products exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding of relevant law and facts.  The employee must use sound judgment and determine the quality, accuracy and relevance of information or data, analyze information to identify relationships and trends, and integrate and synthesize facts to reach reasonable conclusions.

Communicates with agency officials at all levels, including supervisors, coworkers, staff in courts and private industry, Congressional staff, and staff of other agencies.  Must exercise highly developed communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and similar skills to obtain the desired results. Communication includes oral and written communication in a clear, concise, technically accurate and well-organized manner and production of timely work product of a very high substantive quality.  Must also work effectively with others.

Demonstrates ability to organize work, set priorities, and determine short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them.  Must work independently with minimal supervision to accomplish work objectives, including in ambiguous or unclear situations.  Must also display a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments, and take initiative to identify and understand issues relative to assignments.  Finally the employee must also accept constructive criticism from others and follow directions, as appropriate.

May participate in litigation matters, representing the Commission in enforcement actions pending in federal court and the Division of Enforcement in Commission administrative proceedings.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Few vacancies in the following locations

    • Denver, CO United States
    • Atlanta, GA United States
    • Miami, FL United States
    • Los Angeles, CA United States
    • Fort Worth, TX United States
    • New York, NY United States
    • San Francisco, CA United States
    • Washington DC, DC United States
    • Boston, MA United States
    • Chicago, IL United States
    • Philadelphia, PA United States
    • Salt Lake City, UT United States