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Job Title:  Supervisory Program Specialist
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-DE-850850-BLS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$134,262.00 to $223,974.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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 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:  Student Loan Repayment program, up to $10,000/year (60K cap); 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/month; Telework Opportunities; and Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement program. To find out more, go to


The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides a variety of services and tools to address the problems and questions you may face as an investor. We cannot tell you what investments to make, but we can help you to invest wisely and avoid fraud. 

This position is in the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Investor Education, located in Washington, DC.



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This position involves extensive travel, including some nights and weekends.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Travel required.


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The incumbent will serve as an Assistant Director, Investor Education, in the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).  The position:


·         Consults with and advises the Director and Deputy Director in planning, developing, and implementing investor education and outreach activities and other OIEA programs.


·         Responsible for implementation and/or development of policies and procedures directly applicable to assigned area.  Performs continuing evaluation of investor education programs and activities, anticipates problem areas, explores feasibility of establishing new or improved processes, and recommends appropriate course of action.


·         Serves as adviser to key executives within the SEC on matters arising within area for which responsible.  Attends and participates in meetings and conferences in which crucial policy formulation, procedural development, and program planning matters are discussed.  Engages in discussions with SEC senior management on a wide range of complex issues, particularly those where sensitive problems requiring exceptional skill and delicacy of treatment are required, a crucial policy question is at stake, or other issues of like significance are present.


·         Provides leadership and management of investor education staff and work products by maintaining and exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding of the assigned specialized segment of the market; monitoring new marketing or financial techniques and developments that impact investor education; fostering productive work relationships with investors, federal and state agencies, and the financial literacy community; and engaging in public outreach and representational opportunities to showcase the goals and strategic vision of the Commission.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

Candidates must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-14 grade level in the Federal service performing managerial, technical, and/or administrative work for an investor program; must possess knowledge and understanding of the Federal securities laws, the ability to identify and analyze critical issues under the Federal securities laws and present them effectively to a variety of audiences.


Experience in public speaking or in media, connections with the financial literacy community, and the ability to speak Spanish are not requirements, but are a plus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs. 


·         Knowledge and understanding of the federal securities laws, Commission and self-regulatory (SRO) rules and regulations, and Commission processes for rulemaking, administrative, and enforcement proceedings.

·         Ability to identify and analyze critical issues under the federal securities laws and presents them effectively to a variety of audiences in concise, easily understandable language.

·         Ability to develop and present convincing information and opinions that may be used as a basis for critical management decisions and represent the agency in a wide range of forums.

·         Ability to lead a professional staff engaged in technically complex and sensitive work.


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 is being filled at the full-performance level

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 not in the bargaining unit.

10. A writing sample may be required after minimum qualification determinations are made.

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.


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


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibiles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher.  Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.  You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 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 850850.  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. For Veterans: DD-214; For Disabled Veterans: DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later ( if you are claiming veterans preference)


Brenda L. Skipper
Phone: (202)551-4167
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
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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