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Job Title:  Staff Accountant
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-DE-953023-FB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,225.00 to $169,599.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
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:

·        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


The Division of Trading and Markets establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. It regulates the major securities market participants, including broker-dealers, self-regulatory organizations (such as stock exchanges, FINRA, and clearing agencies), and transfer agents.

 These positions are located in the Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Broker-Dealer Finances and Office of Clearance and Settlement.


Salary Range

SK-12: $81,225 - $135,513 (DC); $85,488-$142,626 (NY)

SK-13: $96,590-$161,141 (DC); $101,660 - $169,599 (NY)


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Some travel will be required.


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The Staff Accountants will:

·     Provide technical advice and assistance in areas of accounting and/or risk management principles and standards.

·     Perform complex and difficult assignments supporting the Trading and Markets program's accounting activities and operations, which may include: conducting on-site testing projects on new or complex products; analyzing unique accounting issues and financing structures; conducting broad examinations; reviewing the regulatory capital treatment of complex products; monitoring financial risk exposure; advising on risk governance implications; assessing independent risk control functions; reviewing disclosure documents; evaluating accounting data requirements for agency programs; conducting discussions on financial performance; or developing recommendations and reports.

·     Participate in the development of policies or procedures to implement new capital or risk management requirements. 

·     Respond to questions and inquiries on matters of accounting procedure or policy relative to the Trading and Markets program activities from agency staff, securities industry staff, other federal agencies, and the public.

·     Represent the agency in meetings, conferences, and in public forums.


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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


Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements AND the minimum qualification requirements.


Basic Requirements (For all grade levels):

ADegree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


B. A combination of education and experience: at least four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must include ONE of the following:


 -- 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of business law;


-- A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or


-- Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester/22 quarter hours, ­­provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that is normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.



Minimum Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level as listed below.  


Qualifying experience for the SK-12 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-11 level performing professional accounting work that includes:

(i)   analyzing key financial, operational, and/or risk metrics related to a complex financial institution such as a broker-dealer, primary dealer, clearing agency, commercial bank, or hedge fund; and reporting results or findings of such analysis; OR

(ii)  providing quantitative and qualitative deliverables to higher level analysts / accountants for assignments focused on topics related to the control functions of a financial services firm; e.g., risk management, accounting treatment, capital treatment, financing structures, assessment of risk controls, or analysis of new or complex financial instruments such as derivatives, leveraged finance commitments, or structured products, etc.   


Qualifying experience for the SK-13 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-12 level performing professional accounting work that includes:

(i)   analyzing key financial, operational, and/or risk metrics related to a complex financial institution such as a broker-dealer, primary dealer, clearing agency, commercial bank, or hedge fund; reporting results or findings of such analysis; and taking management-directed actions based on the results; OR

(ii)  planning or conducting projects focused on topics related to the control functions of a financial services firm; e.g., risk management, accounting treatment, capital treatment, financing structures, assessment of risk controls, or analysis of new or complex financial instruments such as derivatives, leveraged finance commitments, or structured products, etc.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your resume will be evaluated on the following KSAs:


·        Skill in providing accounting advice and analyzing diverse datasets for an assigned area of responsibility.

·        Skill in applying accounting knowledge to difficult assignments related to one or more program emphasis areas, such as: broker-dealer, OTC derivative dealer, security-based swap dealer, and/or clearing agency supervision and/or inspection; prudential supervision and risk analysis; market supervision; or municipal finance.

·        Skill in oral and written communication and ability to interact with senior management.

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-14. 

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 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. 


There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) are 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, September 19, 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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 953023.  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 must contain detailed description of duties, the date you performed them (mm/yy) and work schedule.

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)


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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