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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, increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your bi-weekly health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage, telework opportunities, Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program.  To find out more, go to


This position is located in the Office of Administrative Law Judges located in Washington, DC.


Administrative law judges (ALJ), independent judicial officers, conduct hearings and rule on allegations of securities law violations initiated in most cases by the Commission’s Division of Enforcement. After the Commission initiates a public administrative proceeding, it refers cases to the Office of Administrative Law Judges. An ALJ then conducts public hearings at locations throughout the United States in a manner similar to non-jury trials in the federal district courts. Among other actions, ALJ issue subpoenas, rule on motions, and rule on the admissibility of evidence. At the conclusion of hearings, the parties submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. The ALJ prepares an initial decision that includes factual findings and legal conclusions that are matters of public record. Parties may appeal an initial decision to the Commission, which can affirm, reverse, modify, set aside or remand for further proceedings. Appeals from Commission action are to a United States Court of Appeals.



Assists the ALJs in the performance of their responsibilities by conducting legal research, drafting orders and decisions, and abstracting testimony and other evidence.


Reviews and analyzes facts and develops evidence during the preparation of cases that involve difficult and involved factual situations.


Confers with and advises counsel and pro se respondents on various issues such as the status of the proceedings, settlement negotiations, postponement motions, hearing cancellations, the Rules of Practice, availability of discovery, and other procedural matters.


Oversees tracking of hearing schedules.


Contacts and directs counsel to make appropriate filings, directs support staff, prepares orders for ALJ's signature, and ensures are administrative proceedings are properly documented in the appropriate system.


Identifies major policy issues requiring consideration by senior attorneys and develops and prepares recommended interpretation outlining the facts and applicable law.