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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor (Attorney Fellow)
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-EX-914982-FB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$126,661.00 to $211,297.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 28, 2013 to Thursday, July 25, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
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 Securities and Exchange Commission'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 exceptional enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits!  Enjoy with SEC:


·         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


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This position is in the Office of Municipal Securities, located in Washington, DC. 


Salary range is $126,661 - $211,297


The Office of Municipal Securities is responsible for administering the rules of the SEC with respect to the practices of municipal securities brokers and dealers, municipal securities advisors, municipal securities investors, and municipal securities issuers and for coordinating with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) for rulemaking and enforcement actions as required by law.


This will be a term position, for a period of two years, and may be extended for an additional period of two years.


  • 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 incumbent Attorney-Fellow will be assigned to the Office of Municipal Securities in the SEC headquarters and will serve as an expert legal advisor regarding legal and policy issues affecting municipal securities. This Attorney-Fellow will perform duties such as the following:


  • Provides expert legal assistance and advice related to the activities of the Office of Municipal securities, including one or more activities relating to the following:  disclosure issues and other issues under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; registration of municipal advisors under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; oversight of Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and review of MSRB rulemakings; consultation with the Division of Enforcement on enforcement matters regarding municipal securities; market structure and price transparency matters regarding municipal securities; and addressing market developments regarding municipal securities generally.
  • Analyzes and interprets new and proposed legislation and implementing regulations.  Assists in the formulation of policy.  Participates in the drafting of regulations, interpretive releases, and policy briefing materials for agency officials in the municipal securities area. 
  • Performs legal research and analysis in order to formulate and recommend legal courses of action on matters affecting municipal securities. 
  • Addresses complex and politically sensitive issues affecting municipal securities that have an impact on SEC actions and rulemakings. 
  • Coordinates, negotiates, and consults with staff in other Offices and Divisions on issues involving municipal securities.  Consults with State and local government officials, Congressional staff, other Federal officials, and private sector professionals on matters affecting municipal securities.  Participates in policy briefings for agency officials.  Assists in preparation of testimony for Congressional hearings.  Serve as representative to present the Office's views and recommendations on legal and policy matters.


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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


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:


SK-16:   Applicants must have four years of post J.D. experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which include experience as a practicing attorney (in the private sector or public sector) providing interpretative advice and guidance on matters related to Federal securities laws, regulations, and policies, including particular specialized experience on matters involving the application of the Federal securities laws to municipal securities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.   You are required to complete narratives for each KSA in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these narratives may result in your being considered not highly qualified for the position.


·   Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations that govern the securities industry, in

    particular, the Federal securities laws involving municipal securities. 

·   Ability to research and analysis of complex and controversial legal issues of national

    significance to audience with varying levels of expertise.

·   Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and 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-16. 

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 NOT in the bargaining unit.



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


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, Thursday, July 25, 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 914982.  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: 


·         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



Other Supporting Documents (as applicable):


·         Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter)


Francesta D. Beattie
Phone: (202)551-7460
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC


After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment 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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