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Job Title:  Financial Economist
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14-DE-1161080-HCC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$117,620.00 to $193,427.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


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.

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 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.


  • Not Required


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


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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.



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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. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (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 website at

Applicants 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.
An appropriate combination of education and experience ---- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include 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 in economic subjects in combination with one of the following: personal research that produced evidence of results, direction of graduate theses in economics, or 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-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level: organizing, conducting, and administering economic studies (e.g., developing economic models, determining methodology, organizing data collection, preparing written reports, and summarizing findings in formal and informal settings); analyzing procedures for resolving complex problems encountered in economic analysis and research; and studying and evaluating new developments in economic research and methodologies for possible application to programs and projects.  Such research and analysis must be related to the financial markets, securities regulation, or the behaviors of investors or consumers.

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 you not being considered for this position.
2. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
3. This position has promotion potential to the SK-14.
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. 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):

• Financial Economics – Knowledge of financial economic principles and practices, the financial markets, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
• Technical Competence – Advanced financial economics expertise to address unusually complex and controversial issues having a major impact on investors, the industry, and SEC actions through the use of high-quality objective economic analysis.
• Written Communication – Advanced demonstrated skill in presenting concise and convincing written information and opinions for the basis of critical management decisions.
• Oral Communication – Ability to express clear and convincing ideas and facts to individuals and present information and dialogue in group settings to effectively represent the SEC.
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 15, 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 1161080.
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. Note: Resumes must NOT contain pictures.
  • Required, if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript.(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).


Heather Coats
Phone: (202)551-8777
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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