Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


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.
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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.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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:
  • 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;
  • Establishing and executing a strategic vision; managing complex programs through the work of staff members and identifying and delivering on priorities; AND
  • Experience communicating to a broad base audience about complex EEO issues.

  • 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:

    Official Transcripts will be required at the time of appointment to verify educational eligibility.

    Additional information

    Disability Employment: For information on disability appointments, please visit

    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.

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    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. All applicants found to be minimally qualified will be required to provide narrative responses (500 words or less per question) regarding the executive (core) and technical qualifications. After the announcement closing date, an HR specialist will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications described in the Qualifications Section. If you do, you will receive an email asking you to respond to the core and technical qualifications listed below. You must provide your responses within the established deadline.

    You will be rated on the following Competencies:

    Core Qualifications:
  • Management Experience: Experience designing and implementing strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.
  • Leading Change/Achieving Results: Experience developing and implementing an organizational vision which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors of that organization. Examples should include experience implementing change in his/her organization, exercising leadership and motivating managers to incorporate vision and strategic planning into the process.
  • Building Coalitions/Communications: Experience explaining, advocating, and expressing facts and ideas (both orally and in writing) in a convincing manner. Experience working with the press, political appointees, Congress, and other high-level organizations and staff on various types of important national issues. Experience includes working in groups and teams conducting briefings with outside groups and gaining cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

  • Technical Qualifications:
  • Describe your knowledge and understanding of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, No FEAR Act of 2002, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2020, and related Executive Orders, regulations, and guidance.
  • Describe your experience advising management on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles and practices.
  • Describe your experience in establishing strategic priorities, managing complex programs, and driving improvements through the work of staff members.
  • The Assessment Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    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. 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. Note: Your resume must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures.
    • Required, if applicable: Veteran's documentation (DD-214, member 4 copy or other documentation containing dates of service and character of discharge.)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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