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Job Title:Program Specialist

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:13-DE-877796-NW

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

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$56,011.00 to $113,061.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY 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:


·         The SEC also has a Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria

·         Paid dental insurance and vision insurance

·         Increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage

·         Mass transportation subsidy up to $245 per month

·         Telework Opportunities

·         Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program


This position is in the Office of Credit Ratings located in New York, NY. 


The Office of Credit Ratings ("OCR") assists the Commission in executing its responsibility for protecting investors, promoting capital formation, and maintaining fair, orderly, and efficient markets through the oversight of credit rating agencies registered with the Commission as "nationally recognized statistical rating organizations" or "NRSROs." In support of this mission, OCR monitors the activities and conducts examinations of registered NRSROs to assess and promote compliance with statutory and Commission requirements.


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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(Duties described at the full-performance level)


The Program Specialist for the Office of Credit Ratings:


·         Deals effectively with government, securities industry, and technical personnel within delegated limits of responsibility, including Presidential appointees Congressional offices and securities industry leaders. Serves as a liaison for assigned program.

·         Prepares materials for securities regulatory and industry conferences with the understanding of multiple aspects of the securities industry and its regulation.  Conducts searches of online and other securities-related sources as needed.

·         Provides support and assistance for the Office of the Director such as assisting management with appropriate metrics and recordkeeping requirements, process improvements, and researching and answering questions regarding human resources, travel, budget, or procurement requirements.

·         Develops and/or provides documents/data/information for responses, reports, briefings, and correspondence and responds to a variety of internal and external questions and requests for program support. Researches records, collates information, determines if information is appropriate for release, and prepares the requested information. Identifies unusual or controversial information requests and brings them to the attention of senior staff.

·         Assures compliance with deadlines, agency policies, and standards established by the program manager for all development/production/release of program information. Utilizes a wide range of sources to provide program information to include extensive databases, historical information, legislative background, agency records, and discussions with program staff.


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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: Candidate must have one year of specialized experience at the GS/SK-07 level researching and analyzing data, including the use of online sources; responding to inquiries from internal and external parties related to program area; and preparing materials for conferences and meetings.


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.  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, candidate must have one year of specialized experience at the GS/SK-09 level, researching and analyzing established administrative issues; acting as liaison with individuals and groups both inside and outside an organization regarding administrative and/or organizational matters; and preparing a variety of written documents, such as staff papers, status reports, or policy recommendations.


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.

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


·         Knowledge of, and skill in applying laws, regulations, policies, practices, and processes sufficient to conduct program analysis, research issues, and resolve problems

·         Skills to conduct moderately complex studies, identify problems, gather facts, and reach conclusions upon which recommendations may be made

·         Knowledge of the methods and procedures, mission requirements, program goals and objectives, regulations, pertinent laws, policies and precedents which govern the operation of the assigned organization

·         Skill to communicate highly complex information to others

·         Skill in developing and maintaining effective relationships and respond to requests for information

·         Skill to work independently and manage time effectively in a dynamic environment with multiple, changing priorities and competing deadlines

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-11. 

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.

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 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. 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, Wednesday, May 15, 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 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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 877796.  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 using education to qualify)

4. 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)


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.

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