This position is in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC or Commission) Office of Inspector General (OIG), located in Washington, DC.

If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing legal advice and program support for extremely complex and sensitive audits, investigations, and reviews of the operations and programs of all SEC offices, divisions, and regional offices.


At the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) and value a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the communities we serve. As such, we welcome applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who share our commitment to public service.

  • Serves as a senior advisor to the Inspector General (IG) on a full range of investigative, management and administrative issues, such as case strategies and activities, policy, budget, human capital, training, travel, inventory, acquisitions, management information systems, and compliance;
  • Supervises a team of Special Agents-in-Charge (SACs), investigators, and analysts, and may also supervise attorneys and information technology specialists on particular matters;
  • Oversees all OIG investigative activities, including the planning, conducting, and reporting of complex, high-profile investigations, highly sensitive, and time-sensitive investigations of major segments of SEC functional areas;
  • Ensures that investigations are planned, conducted, completed, and reported in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards, and policies and priorities of the Inspector General;
  • Ensures compliance with professional standards including Quality Standards for Investigations issued by the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency and Attorney General Guidelines for IGs with Law Enforcement Authority, IG directives, OI’s policies and procedures, and SEC requirements;
  • Keeps the Inspector General (IG) informed, through regular/formal and informal oral and written briefings, on significant investigative activities and findings, outreach, and proactive efforts;
  • Represents the OIG in meetings, conferences, and presentations involving a wide range of participants such as regulatory or law enforcement agencies; state, local, national, or international government offices; the media; private industry; and the academic community.


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-17.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year supervisory 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.
  • This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.
  • Existing Participants in the SEC’s Remote Telework Program are eligible to apply for this position. If selected, management will evaluate and communicate whether the position will allow for continued participation in Remote Telework.


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-17: Applicant must have four (4) year(s) of post J.D. work experience, independently identifying legal issues, providing legal analyses, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as contracts, dispositions, pleadings, and motions, which also includes at least three (3) years: 1) providing legal advice and program support for audits and investigations of the operations and performance of an agency OR 2) conducting reviews of agency programs or operations, or comparable experience in a state or local agency or private entity; AND 3) preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, or comparable statute.


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:

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