The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) empowers employees to perform the SEC’s mission by fostering equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment from hiring to separation.


SEC employees come from diverse backgrounds and, as federal employees, are entitled to a workplace where employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, sex (which includes pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status and sex stereotyping of any kind), age (40 and older), religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, parental status, political affiliation, marital status, uniformed status, membership in a labor organization or union, prior equal employment opportunity (EEO) or whistleblower activity, or any other factor unrelated to merit.

The Director provides leadership to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO). OEEO’s mission is to create and apply best practices to achieve equal employment opportunity (EEO) in the workplace and to support compliance with anti-discrimination laws. It safeguards employment-related civil rights at the SEC and champions SEC efforts to foster a fair and equitable workplace-one where employment decisions are based on individual merit, and where everyone has an equal chance to succeed as far as their talents will take them.

Typical Duties Include:

  • Leading multi-disciplinary staff including lawyers, specialists, analysts, and data scientists; fostering engagement of OEEO employees; driving accountability measures related to OEEO personnel and programs; and providing overall strategic direction and management oversight for the office, including defining vision, setting short, medium, and long-term priorities, and general OEEO office management, including budget, records, privacy, IT, and procurement matters.
  • Promoting the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure adherence to nondiscriminatory employment practices and the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives by working with stakeholders to incorporate EEO and civil rights compliance and best practices into the SEC’s everyday business.
  • Assessing current EEO Office programs, initiatives, policies, procedures, and activities and identifying and implementing enhancements or changes. This includes, but is not limited to, the EEO case processing program, alternative dispute resolution program, compliance assessments related to the SEC’s overall EEO Program, the outreach, communications, and training program, the barrier assessment program, and reporting requirements.
  • Managing broad, emerging, or critical large-scale agency EEO programs, using experience and judgment to advance EEO at the SEC.
  • Serving as principal attorney in charge of extremely complex and difficult EEO problems.
  • Reviewing and evaluating workforce demographics; personnel policies, practices, and procedures; and other qualitative and quantitative data to determine the SEC’s compliance with with governing legal and regulatory requirements, including applicable EEO laws, 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Management Directives, and to identify areas to incorporate best practices.
  • Communicating with senior management regarding the evaluation of EEO Program goals, including accomplishments and identifying areas for possible enhancement.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders internal and external to the SEC to accomplish objectives, including with the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) (SEC’s diversity office) and Office of Human Resources, employee affinity groups sponsored by OMWI, SEC’s Diversity Council, and the federal sector EEO community.

Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree.
  • You must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
  • CITIZENSHIP: This position is open to US Citizens.
  • 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 SO-02.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two year supervisory/managerial 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 not in the collective bargaining unit.
  • For consideration at the SO-2 level, you must currently hold a SO-2 position within the SEC.
  • Due to COVID-19, the SEC is currently in a mandatory telework posture through September 7, 2021. If selected, you will be permitted to temporarily telework from a location outside the local commuting area.
  • Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you will be eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.


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

SO-01: Applicant must have four year(s) of post J.D. work experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which includes the following:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of EEO laws and regulations, experience providing guidance on matters related to employment matters, civil rights laws, and/or EEO regulations and guidelines;
  2. Establishing and executing a strategic vision; managing complex programs through the work of staff members and identifying and delivering on priorities; AND
  3. Experience communicating to a broad base audience about complex EEO issues.

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