Summary

This position is in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis – Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) located in Washington, DC.

The OCC provides guidance and counsel to the Chief Economist and other division staff regarding legal issues implicated by the Division’s broad mandate. The office coordinates the integration of the Division’s economic analyses into Commission rulemakings and other Commission action, collaborating with staff from divisions and offices across the agency.

Duties

OCC attorneys advise the Chief Economist and DERA staff. The Chief Economist serves as the economic advisor to the Commission and its staff. DERA’s responsibilities include: sound economic analysis of market events and conditions; economic analysis in support of Commission rulemaking; economic and risk analysis to inform and support the Commission’s enforcement and examination programs; the development of financial and market data analysis tools; and assisting the Commission and its staff in responding to policy, legislative, or international issues relating to the U.S. securities markets. OCC attorneys provide legal support to the Chief Economist and DERA staff on these responsibilities and assist them in collaborating with the rest of the Commission.

Typical duties:

  • Advising management and staff on a wide range of issues related to DERA’s mission. Issues routinely involve the federal securities laws; the laws and regulations governing the federal rulemaking process, including the Administrative Procedure Act; contract law and other legal limitations on data usage; Freedom of Information Act requirements and exemptions; and other topics central to the mission of the Division.
  • Reviewing and revising economic analyses in support of agency policymaking to help ensure compliance with federal administrative law requirements and consistency with prior Commission regulatory actions.
  • Participating in meetings and conferences where policy formulation and program plans are developed, including advocating for the Division’s interests and positions.
  • Collaborating with agency officials at all levels, including supervisors and staff in other divisions and offices, staff in private industry, Congressional staff, and staff of other agencies.
  • Developing innovative solutions to address novel questions of law or policy concerning rulemaking, economic analysis, and data usage.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • CITIZENSHIP: This position is open to US Citizens.
  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree.
  • You must be an active member of the bar in good standing
  • 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.
  • Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
  • This position has promotion potential to the SK-14.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year trial period.
  • 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.
  • DRUG TESTING: This position may be subjected to drug testing requirements.
  • PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This position is in the collective bargaining unit.
  • Due to COVID-19, the SEC is currently in an optional telework posture. This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.

Qualifications

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess the following

  • J.D. or LL.B. degree –AND–
  • 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.

SK-13: Applicant must have two year(s) of post J.D. work experience: identifying legal issues, conducting legal research, providing oral and written legal analyses using good judgement and discretion, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as memoranda, correspondence, contracts, and motions, which also includes one year of one or more of the following activities:

  • Administrative law experience, analyzing complex and/or factual issues in regards to the activities of administrative agencies of government; and/or conducting legal research on laws and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies (Federal and/or state),; and/or litigation experience with regulatory or administrative law.

SK-14: Applicant must have three year(s) of post J.D. work experience: identifying legal issues, conducting legal research, providing oral and written legal analyses using good judgement and discretion, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as memoranda, correspondence, contracts, and motions, which also includes two year(s) of one or more of the following activities:

  • Administrative law experience, analyzing complex and/or factual issues in regards to the activities of administrative agencies of government; and/or conducting independent legal research on laws and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies (Federal and/or state); and/or litigation experience with regulatory or administrative law. Experience must include providing advice or comments on complex issues and documents to assure legal and factual accuracy.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To apply for this job please visit www.usajobs.gov.

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