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Job Title:  Secretary of the Commission
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14-EX-1047604-KR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$151,876.00 to $228,422.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 27, 2014 to Thursday, April 10, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
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).
Not Applicable



The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation’s securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.

A career with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers work that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. You can contribute to securities regulation and enforcement while making a positive difference for the American investing public. The SEC provides:

  • Careers that broaden and deepen your already accomplished knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • An environment that allows you to work and learn with the nation’s experts;
  • Benefits, compensation and career expansion opportunities; and
  • A balance between your professional and family life.

To find out more about the SEC, go to

The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

  • Paid dental and vision insurance;
  • Subsidy for health insurance, which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage and by $50 for family coverage;
  • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program;
  • Mass transportation subsidy;
  • "WorkSmart" - Opportunities for flexible work schedules and expanded telework

The Office of the Chair is seeking applicants to fill the position of the Secretary of the Commission.  The Secretary of the Commission is responsible for the orderly and expeditious flow of staff recommendations to the Commission for official action.  The position is located in Washington, DC. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • J.D or LL.B
  • Active membership of the bar in good standing


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 Typical Duties Include:

  • Preparing daily and weekly agendas of Commission business.
  • Maintaining an orderly and expeditious flow of business at formal Commission meetings.
  • Ensuring that Commission deliberations and actions and any resulting official documents comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Performing a wide range of functions on behalf of the Commission including the issuance of orders instituting administrative proceedings, upon the occurrence of certain predicate acts, and the issuance of final orders making findings and imposing remedial relief.
  • Processing filings, and maintaining the official record of, administrative proceedings.
  • Serving instruments of formal Commission action.
  • Maintaining minute records for all Commission actions.  
  • Reviewing and approving plans for the distribution of fair funds to defrauded investors, and acting on requests to postpone, adjourn or advance hearings before the Commission or to extend the time required for filing of papers in any matters before the Commission.
  • Evaluating current and proposed programs and operations and recommending actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as needed.
  • Advising the Commission on legal, administrative, and procedural questions concerning the interpretation and application of the statutes, rules, and regulations of the Commission and the manner in which matters or questions have been addressed on prior occasions. 
  • Proposing changes to guidelines, advising of possible impacts to policies, and/or plans, and implementing policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, editing, approving, authenticating, and certifying all Commission orders, rules, regulations, applications, registrations and reports, forms, and similar documents for publication in the Federal Register, Division of National Archives.
  • Serving as Committee Management Officer with respect to the Commission's federal advisory committees subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
  • Serving as the central point of contact between the Commission and industry personnel, attorneys, and members of the public with respect to a wide variety of matters involving the agency, its functions, jurisdiction, rules and regulations.
  • Responding to or referring inquiries from members of Congress, other Federal agencies, corporate officials or their counsel, and the general public.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess the following

  • J.D. or LL.B. degree
  • Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.  
Applicant must have four years of post J.D. work experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which includes: experience providing advice and guidance on major administrative and policy matters related to short term and long term policy initiatives, providing strategic advice regarding organizational management matters, and evaluating and recommending appropriate action on proposals regarding program management, and applying knowledge and experience interpreting federal securities laws, rules and regulations.   

Important Notes:

1. 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).

2. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.
3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
4. FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL: This position has promotion potential to the SO-
5. TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year trial 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 collective bargaining unit.

Disability Employment: For information on disability appointments please visit:


If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the occupational questionnaire.  Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. After review of your application materials, if you are determined to be minimally qualified, you will be referred to the selecting official.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Your resume should address these KSAs.  If you are determined to be minimally qualified, these KSAs will be assessed during the interviews.

Core Qualifications:
Management Experience:
Experience designing and implementing strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. 
Leading Change/Achieving Results: Experience developing and implementing an organizational vision which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors of that organization.  Examples should include experience implementing change in his/her organization, exercising leadership and motivating managers to incorporate vision and strategic planning into the process.
Building Coalitions/Communications: Experience explaining, advocating, and expressing facts and ideas (both orally and in writing) in a convincing manner.  Work environment may be experience working with the press, political appointees, Congress, and other high-level organizations and staff on various types of important national issues.  Experience includes working in groups and teams conducting briefings with outside groups and gaining cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Technical Qualifications:
Knowledge of Federal Securities Laws:
Knowledge and understanding of Federal securities laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents.

Administration and Management: Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and production.

Compliance: Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance. 

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED 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 eligibles 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. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Reasonable Accomodation Statement: 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:

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.


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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, April 10, 2014 to be considered.

Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the resume, 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 1047604.
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
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.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant duties, when the duties were performed (MM/YY), and your work schedule (FT/PT). Note: Resumes must NOT contain pictures.
  • Required, If applicable:  CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)
  • If selected, you must provide a copy of your law school transcripts and proof of bar membership.


Karla M. Ruiz
Phone: (202)551-7648
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.”

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be terminated after you begin work, or you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation before appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, Veterans’ documentation, certification of disability, etc.).

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