FINANCIAL ANALYST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 14, 2021
Closes
May 22, 2021
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology Office (FinHub) spearheads agency efforts to encourage responsible innovation in the financial sector, including in evolving areas such as distributed ledger technology and digital assets, automated investment advice, digital marketplace financing, and artificial intelligence and machine learning (FinTech).

FinHub coordinates the analysis of emerging financial innovations and technologies across the Commission.

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Responsibilities

In this role you would
  • Assist the Director, Deputy Director, other staff in the FinHub, and other offices and divisions in the Commission on a wide array of matters relating to FinTech markets, structures, and products. Identify and assess risks, issues, and trends related to the use of distributed ledger technology and other technology innovations that may involve securities or may impact the securities markets and market participants. Evaluate issues that arise due to increasing complex technological innovations, their developing role in financial products, investments, and investment advice, in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and their potential role in regulatory and supervisory activities of the Commission.
  • Provide expert knowledge regarding: (a) digital asset markets and products and implications or effects on broader financial markets and intermediaries (particularly those relating to digital assets); (b) data, tools, and analytical approaches relevant to the office; (c) the techniques and behaviors of market participants (e.g., smart contract programming and dApps, algorithmic trading, market-making, arbitrage, routing, electronic venues and trading platforms, exchanges, ATSs, custodians, and broker-dealers); and (d) the risks facing digital asset markets, including manipulation risks and the risk of disruption of such markets, including due to a cyberattack.
  • Analyze issues that arise in the above areas and participate in empirical, economic, and financial analysis that can provide actionable insight into the issues. This would include conducting extensive analyses and reviews of industry, professional, academic, and media financial or other information, data, and releases to maintain up-to-date information concerning financial markets, trends, and issues arising in FinTech areas relevant to the federal securities laws. Assist in developing tools, applications, and approaches for evaluating and monitoring the operations of FinTech markets, and interpreting the results;
  • Develop analyses and recommendations for issues that warrant consideration and prepare and present findings and recommendations of the research and analysis to the Director, Deputy Director, other staff in the FinHub, and other Offices and Divisions in the Commission.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • 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.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary 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 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.


Qualifications

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

Time-in-grade for this announcement is one year at the GS/SK-13 level.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:
SK-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level. Specialized experience includes all of the following:
  • Experience in the use of distributed ledger technology and other related financial technology innovations.
  • Experience in digital asset markets and platforms, digital asset products, and roles of digital asset market participants.
  • Experience with analyzing and interpreting blockchain related data in order to assess relevance, impact, and trends within the broader financial markets, as well as the impacts of distributed ledger technology and digital asset markets on investors, consumers, and financial markets.
  • Experience developing computer programs for data analyses of market data.


  • Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Disability Employment: For information on disability appointments, please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

    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 be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 80 or higher.

    *SEC EMPLOYEES: OHR will verify your competitive service eligibility via the SEC's personnel database.

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT (LMWFA): The LMWFA provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. For more information, click here .

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
    • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    • Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
    • Other Special Appointment Authorities
    SEC COMPENSATION PROGRAM: For questions regarding SEC pay setting practices, please click here .

    Reasonable Accommodation: If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC, submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process here . Please be sure to submit your request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Information for SEC Job Applicants: Federal EEO laws protect all applicants from discrimination on the following bases: race, color, sex (not limited to conduct which is sexual in nature, includes pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status), age (40 and over), religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, retaliation for participating in the EEO process or opposing discrimination. Applicants who believe they have been discriminated against on any EEO basis can seek recourse through the SEC's administrative complaints process. To be timely, an individual must enter the EEO process within 45 days from when they know (or should have known) of the alleged discrimination. Click here for additional information.

    TTY/ASCII: Video Relay Service users are welcome to contact the appropriate SEC office or employee via the contact information listed above. If you do not otherwise have access to a Video Phone or Video Relay service, you may send us an email or use the Federal Video Relay Service via the internet. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service and to create a new account, please see: https://www.federalrelay.us/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
    • Financial Analyst, Oral Communication, Technical Communication, and Technical Competence
    The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11093434 .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
    • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Required: Your complete and comprehensive resume that includes a complete history of your work experience and the applicable employment dates with months and years. If you are a current or former Federal employee, it is recommended that your resume include the title, series, and grade (e.g. SK-0301-12) for all relevant Federal experience . To determine if you qualify for this position, OHR will review your work history that is relevant to the specific position for which you applied. If you are an external candidate selected for this position, OHR will review your complete work history to establish your starting salary. If you are a current SEC employee selected for this position, the standard percentage increases will be applied (i.e., 6% for non-supervisory positions) if your selection results in a promotion. If your selection results in lateral movement (i.e. no change in grade) you will maintain your current salary. Note: Your resume must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures. For external candidates: Information on how your resume will be used for pay setting purposes can be found here .
    • Required, if you are a current or former Federal employee*: Your most recent Promotion, Within Grade Increase (i.e. WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or non-award Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a current or former Federal Employee) must show you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. Note: If you are in the excepted service, your current agency must have an interchange agreement with OPM - for a list of agencies with current interchange agreements please click here .
    • 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: VEOA documentation (DD-214, member 4 copy or other documentation containing dates of service and character of discharge.)
    • Required, if applicable: Special Hiring Authority eligibility documentation (VA letter, Schedule A eligibility letter, Peace Corp letter, etc)
    • Required, if applicable: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act supporting documentation.

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