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Job Title:  Attorney-Adviser
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-EX-917651-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 $207,154.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 08, 2013 to Monday, July 22, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
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 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 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 Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Derivaties Policy, located in Washington, DC.


To find out more, go to


  • 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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This position serves as a Senior Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Derivatives Policy (Office).  The Office administers the Division’s overall Dodd-Frank Act Title VII derivatives policy program and directs projects relating to key definitional terms and foreign regulatory issues under Title VII, including the implementation of Commission rulemaking as a means of addressing particular problems involving Title VII derivatives.  The office also provides interpretive advice on the regulatory treatment of novel derivative products under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and administers the new product provisions contained in Section 717 and 718 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The incumbent has the opportunity to play a significant role in shaping important legal and policy decisions that pertain to Title VII derivatives, and will work on a variety of matters within the Office’s jurisdiction. 


The Sr. Attorney-Adviser’s responsibilities include:


·           Leading the development of rules, regulations, and policies regarding Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, providing professional legal advice and guidance to a range of individuals in the SEC, other domestic agencies, foreign regulatory agencies, and multilateral organizations and for a, as appropriate, regarding Title VII derivatives, and serving as an SEC and/or Division representative for domestic and international discussions regarding various Title VII topics;


·           Initiating and leading projects dealing with unusually complex and controversial derivatives, market regulation, and public policy issues that have a major impact on the securities industry, the Commission, and the general public, including rulemakings and other projects;


·           Participating in projects dealing with unusually complex and controversial international issues that involve derivatives policy matters. Acting as a surrogate when Office management is unavailable;


·           Representing the SEC and/or the Division in domestic and international bilateral and multilateral discussions regarding various Title VII issues;


·           Serving as a subject matter expert to direct, on a project basis, attorneys within the Office and having authority to review, accept, amend, or reject work of assigned attorneys and be responsible for keeping these attorneys informed regarding the policies, procedures, and goals of the Commission as they relate to the work of these attorneys on projects for which incumbent is responsible. Perform office coordination and other management support functions for Office management.


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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, the applicant must have four years of post J.D. experience as a practicing attorney; three years of which includes experience interpreting and applying the provisions of the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the securities industry, in particular, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; providing guidance and expertise in the evaluation of legal and policy issues, addressing  securities law issues that often lack clearly applicable precedents due to the novelty of the issues, analyzing the factual and legal issues involved; explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and developing and justifying recommendations or conclusions.


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 you being disqualified for this position.


·           Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations that govern the securities industry, in particular, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

·           Ability to produce produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience such as no-action, exemptive, and interpretive letters, rules and legal memoranda

·           Ability to present analysis of complex and controversial legal issues of national significance to audiences with varying levels of expertise.

·           Ability to synthesize, extract, analyze, and organize legal information, data, and strategies from a variety of sources while meeting deadlines and maintaining quality.

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.  To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.  For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

3.  Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. This position has promotion potential to the 16.

5.  PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period.  During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

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 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 bargaining unit.



Veterans' Preference:  If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the proof/documents required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see


Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  If you applying as for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible. 


Career Transition Assistance Program: If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to: The Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:  The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:


·         Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments

·         Hiring Authorities for Veterans

·         People with Disabilities


Schedule A Candidates: For information, please e-mail:


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. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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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, TAG:Closing Date 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 13-EX-917651-FB.

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




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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