GENERAL ATTORNEY

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 19, 2021
Closes
Jun 24, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Legal Policy 1 Group in the Office of the General Counsel provides legal analysis to the Commission, individual Commissioners, and the Commission's divisions and offices concerning the federal securities laws, administrative laws, and other applicable laws. In particular, the Legal Policy 1 Group analyzes regulatory recommendations from the Divisions of Investment Management and Trading and Markets and provides assistance on legislative matters.

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Responsibilities

This position serves as a Senior Special Counsel for Investment Management with the Legal Policy 1 Group.
  • Provides expert legal advice and assistance orally and in writing to management and staff in the Office of the General Counsel, the Division of Investment Management, the Chair's office, Commissioners and other Commission divisions and offices on matters pertaining to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as well as on federal administrative law such as the Administrative Procedure Act and the Paperwork Reduction Act.
  • Designs and develops innovative solutions to address a wide variety of legal issues that often involve novel or complex legal questions.
  • Works independently and with other attorneys to provide advice under tight rulemaking deadlines and to resolve effectively and efficiently numerous complex issues.
  • Attends and participates in meetings where crucial policy formulation, procedural development and agency positions are developed.
  • Assists the General Counsel with special projects at the direction of the General Counsel, while keeping supervisors informed.
  • Demonstrates the ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and determine short-term or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them.
  • Works with minimal supervision to accomplish work objectives, including in ambiguous or unclear situations, throughout the agency and breaking through silos that might otherwise limit the impact of the agency's institutional expertise.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
16

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • CITIZENSHIP: You must be a US Citizen.
  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree and you must be an active member of the bar in good standing
  • This position is open to current US Securities and Exchange Commission employees only.
  • 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-16.
  • 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
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year trial period.


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-16: Applicant must have at least four years post-J.D experience identifying legal issues, providing legal analyses, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as memoranda, correspondence, and motions, which also includes at least three years:
  • Interpreting the federal securities laws, with an emphasis on regulatory recommendations particularly pertaining to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.
  • Experience with agency rulemaking, preferably including familiarity with the Administrative Procedure Act and other federal administrative statutes applicable to agency rulemaking.
  • Providing comprehensive and high quality legal research and analysis of complex regulatory matters often under tight deadlines.
  • Conveying legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.
  • Coordinating review with other attorneys and appropriately informing supervisors of key milestones related to assigned tasks.


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

Additional information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be minimally qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP eligibles will be considered minimally qualified if they meet the minimum requirements for this position.

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.

If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. After review of your application materials, if you are determined to be minimally qualified, you will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following competencies :
Critical Thinking, Legal Research and Analysis, Securities Laws and Compliance Guidance, and Technical Communication

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/11138935 .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

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. 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. Note: Your resume must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures.


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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