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Job Title:  General Attorney
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-EX-845654-NW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$86,526.00 to $170,481.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
Fort Worth, TX United StatesView Map
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US Citizens and Non 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 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 


To find out more, go to


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).


  • 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).


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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.


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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.


Basic Requirements: Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Minimum Qualification Requirement: In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicant must have two years post J.D. experience, one years of which includes analyzing complex legal and/or factual issues, or conducting significant investigations or litigation. Although not required, knowledge of federal securities laws is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.  Your resume and application package will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this position.  Accordingly, KSA narratives are not required.  Failure to demonstrate your qualifications may result in being considered not highly qualified for the position.


·         Ability to analyze complex legal and/or factual issues

·         Skill conducting investigations and/or litigation

·         Ability to work effectively with others

·         Ability to communicate effectively in writing

·         Ability to communicate effectively 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. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. The full performance level of this position is SK-14. 

5. This appointment may require completion of a trial period up to two years.

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:  


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. 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 who request them for the application and hiring process. If you have a disability and would like to apply for non-competitive placement under Schedule and/or you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, see information and instructions on


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 about this vacancy. 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, Monday, September 30, 2013 to be considered.


Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Résumé, 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,, 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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 845654.

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

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: 


·         Résumé: Must contain a detailed description of your duties, the date you performed them (MM/YY), and your work schedule

·         Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire


Nicole R. Woodard
Phone: (202)551-7466
Fax: (202)777-1028
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC
20549 Fax: (202)777-1028


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.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
Fort Worth, TX United StatesView Map
New York, NY United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Boston, MA United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map
Salt Lake City, UT United StatesView Map

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