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Job Title:  Supervisory Trial Attorney
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14-EX-1150340-BP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$135,141.00 to $226,982.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL View Map
US Citizens and Non Citizens


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 Division of Enforcement is seeking applicants to fill the position of Supervisory Trial Attorney.  The successful candidate will be assigned to the Trial Unit in the Miami Regional Office, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • This position is open to US 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 Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.

The incumbent's primary responsibility is to serve as the supervisory trial attorney for the Miami Regional Office providing program direction and leadership while litigating complex SEC cases involving violations of the federal securities laws, rules, and regulations. 

Typical Duties Include:

  • Serves as a senior trial attorney and manager providing program direction and technical leadership.
  • Recommends enforcement actions, and directs or prepares required legal pleadings such as briefs and motions in civil and administrative proceedings, and litigates civil and administrative proceedings brought by the SEC under federal securities laws. 
  • Provides expertise and advice on matters of first impression involving novel or unexplored questions of law or policy. Represents the SEC in dealings with U.S. Attorneys offices, other regulators, and governmental agencies relating to criminal, civil and regulatory matters.
  • Advises SEC executive management with regard to legal strategy for particularly important and sensitive cases. Provides guidance and consultation to agency staff on issues and questions relating to litigation and trial.
  • Exercises a full range of supervisory and personnel management responsibilities pertinent to work performed by subordinate staff. Provides leadership in the preparation, review, and revision of all case related legal papers, briefs, and memoranda, while directing the assignment of work among the office’s trial attorneys. Determines staff training needs; conducts performance appraisals, and initiates disciplinary actions as necessary. Assures that equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs are implemented and operational and maintains responsibility for the administration of EEO matters in accordance with the EEO policies and objectives of SEC.


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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 stated below:
Applicant must have four years post J.D. experience as a practicing attorney, three of which include specialized experience litigating civil or criminal cases in Federal Court; experience with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence; and experience providing program direction and technical leadership to a group of attorneys.

Important Notes:
1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 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: 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 SK-
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. BARGAINING UNIT: This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.

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.
Disability Employment: For information on disability appointments please visit:


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.  You are required to submit narratives for each of the following  technical KSAs in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these narratives may result in you being disqualified for this position.  

  • Ability to prepare trial and proceedings to include the development of complicated documents, addressing legal and factual issues, and representing clients or the SEC at hearings or other proceedings.
  • Ability to litigate and try cases in federal district court litigation and/or administrative proceedings. 
  • Ability to apply leadership and personnel management skills to lead a professional staff engaged in technically complex and sensitive work.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills to interact effectively with external counsel, federal and state regulators, senior SEC officials, supervisors, and co-workers. 
  • Ability to analyze and present information in a clear, concise and technically accurate manner.
  • Ability to provide legal advice on highly technical litigation issues and strategies, federal securities laws, and/or securities industry practices.

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions


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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 Accommodation 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:


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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, Tuesday, July 29, 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 1150340.
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. Note: Resumes must NOT contain pictures.
  • Required, if applicable: Veteran's Documentation. 


Brandy D. Perez
Phone: (202)551-7663
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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