Job Overview


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

This position is in the Office of General Counsel, General Litigation Group, located in Washington, DC
The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the Commission and heads the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The office provides a variety of legal services to the Commission and staff, and is divided into five groups:  Appellate, General Litigation, Adjudication, Legal Policy, and Conflict Management.  The office prepares all of the Commission's appellate and amicus briefs; litigates all non-enforcement matters on behalf of the agency; assists in preparing Commission opinions on appeal from administrative law judges, stock exchanges, FINRA, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and provides legal advice and counseling concerning the federal securities laws, administrative laws, and other laws that affect independent agencies.  The Office also offers conflict management and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services.


Typical Duties Include:

Drafts decision letters to respond to administrative appeals under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, and the Commission's confidential treatment rules

Assists with coordination of the Securities and Exchange Commission's response to third-party subpoenas for testimony and production of documents directed to the Commission and its staff

Reviews and analyzes incoming FOIA appeals and subpoenas, determines whether all applicable procedural requirements have been satisfied
Performs legal research, interacts with staff from other offices to obtain documents or facilitate testimony

Communicates with the requesting party, prepares legal memoranda and correspondence, drafts motions to quash or defends motions to compel as necessary

Works with other attorneys to handle FOIA litigation

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for litigation and review of documents.

Relocation Authorized

  • No