Job Overview


This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date until Friday, August 15, 2014.

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.

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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 Investor Advocate was established by Section 915 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as codified in Section 4(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The head of the Office of the Investor Advocate is appointed by the Chairman in consultation with the Commission and reports directly to the Chairman. The mission of the Office is to promote the interests of investors by performing the following required tasks: analyzing the potential impact on investors of regulations and rules that are proposed by the Commission and any self-regulatory organization (SRO); identifying areas in which investors would benefit from changes in regulations or SRO rules; assisting retail investors in resolving significant problems they have with the Commission or SROs; identifying problems that investors have with financial service providers and investment products; proposing to the Commission changes in regulations or orders of the Commission that may be appropriate to mitigate problems identified and to promote the interests of investors; and proposing to Congress any legislative, administrative, or personnel changes that may be appropriate to mitigate problems identified and to promote the interests of investors.


This position is in teh Office of the Investor Advocate (OIAD) located in Washington, DC.  As a Financial Economist, you will:

• Provide research, analysis, and advice to the Investor Advocate, the SEC, self-regulatory organizations (SROs), and others.
• Analyze the quantitative and qualitative impacts on investors from: proposed changes in federal laws, the regulations of the Commission, and rules of SROs; evolving standards and practices in the securities markets; and general economic conditions.
• Evaluate existing research and organize and direct data collection regarding investor behavior, including the effectiveness of various forms of disclosure and investor reactions to perceived risks and proposed investor protections.
• Summarize studies and findings in formal and informal presentations.
• Serve as an expert consultant for a variety of issues related to investor behavior.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No