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Job Title:  Financial Economist
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Hiring Organization:  Division of Trading and Markets
Job Announcement Number:  14-DE-1178965-KR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$134,324.00 to $221,435.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 to Friday, August 22, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States 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 Trading and Markets (TM) is seeking to fill the position of Financial Economist.  This position is located in Washington, DC.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • If applicable, you must be registered with the Selective Service


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Typical Duties Include:

  • Assisting the Office of Market Supervision (OMS), Division of Trading and Markets of the Commission in matters of all kinds related to market supervision and oversight, specifically with respect to the equity, debt, options, and other derivatives markets. 
  • Providing expert assistance and advice to the Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Directors related to matters within the area for which OMS is responsible, such as supervision of self-regulatory organizations (SROs) that are national securities exchanges or registered securities associations; oversight of alternative trading systems; oversight of security based swap execution facilities, and review and analysis of new trading systems, strategies and products.
  • Providing expert knowledge in all areas related to the trading of listed and OTC derivatives, including listed options, over-the-counter (OTC) options, and security-based swaps; listed and OTC equity securities; and debt instruments, including Treasury and corporate bonds, municipal bonds, and asset backed securities (municipal backed securities (MBSs), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), as well as debt related derivatives such as credit default swaps and interest rate swaps.
  • Preparing reports, analyzing securities markets trends, risks, and matters of concern.  Designing and conducting analytical studies regarding the securities markets of a type and depth requiring specialized expertise with respect to the operation of the securities markets.
  • Receiving requests for advice and assistance from Commission staff, other federal agencies, the securities industry, and the public.  Coordinating with other experts and specialized professionals from both government and private industry in the interpretation and application of tools and models and theoretical approaches. 


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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 sector. Additional qualifications information can be found hereQualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


A. Degree: must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
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B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above (21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus), plus appropriate experience or additional education.  Examples of qualifying experience include: Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or  Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following: (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics; or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.

SK-16:  Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-14 level. Specialized experience includes: trading in the securities markets; providing  leadership on highly complex, unprecedented problems and problems of critical importance; handling assignments that involve a broad and general responsibility for a particular area of financial activity; formulating and carrying through research plans that explore the most fruitful areas of research in relation to financial programs and needs; advising other economists or financial industry participants on highly complex and unprecedented problems; OR developing technology and methodology for conducting economic analyses and needs evaluation of multi-purpose planning projects and programs.

Important Notes:

1. 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.
2. VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
3. FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL: This position has promotion potential to the SK-16.
4. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.
5. 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.
6. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
7. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
8.  BARGAINING UNIT: This position is in the collective bargaining unit.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire.  Your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to identify key policy issues and make recommendations to senior management officials.
  • Ability to design, plan, and implement, and to collaborate with others to carry out, economic, financial or market structure studies, programs and projects.
  • Skill in written communication.
  • Skill in oral communication.

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 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 at least meet the requirements of the pre-determined “Well Qualified” quality category to receive consideration for special priority selection.

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, Friday, August 22, 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 1178965.
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.


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: An unofficial college transcript to prove the basic requirement.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required.) 
  • 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.)
  • Required, if applicable: Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214, Member Copy 4 or other documentation containing dates of service and character of discharge. Disabled veterans and other applicants eligible for 10-point Veteran's Preference please include: documentation to validate your claim - VA letter, SF-15, etc).


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’ Preference, certification of disability, etc.).

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