Washington, D.C
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


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As an Attorney Advisor in the Office of International Affairs (OIA), your principal duties will include providing legal analysis and advice with respect to regulatory initiatives of United States financial regulatory authorities and international bodies and foreign regulatory agencies. You will provide highly technical legal and regulatory analysis through memoranda and policy recommendations. Among other things, your responsibilities include:

Support Commission representation within international bodies and meetings. Serve as "ambassador" for the Commission, supporting the Commission's representation in international bodies such as IOSCO, the FSB, and other internationally-hosted supervisory and regulatory forums.

Function as Special Counsel for international affairs. Serve as negotiator on international and national policy and legal issues emerging from dynamic and highly complex financial market developments --including those related to stablecoins, crypto currencies, and other digital assets.

Support OIA and Commission in negotiations. Participate in negotiations with high level officials at such U.S. and foreign financial regulatory agencies and international bodies, as well as to represent OIA and the Commission in these settings, in contacts with members of the industry, and with the general public.

Special Projects. Lead key projects for the Commission taking place in multilateral and bilateral international forums to cover cutting-edge emerging issues and associated international regulatory policy decisions.

Proactively Addressing Emerging Issues. Recommend policies and procedures in light of dynamic, emerging issues, including new financial technology as well as U.S. and foreign laws, and assuring that these policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with Commission objectives and are administratively sound, efficient, and practical in operation.

Research Foreign Regulatory and exchange/intermediary developments. Research foreign regulatory, exchange, and intermediary developments that could affect or otherwise be of interest to the agency; summarize findings and prepare summary memoranda for distribution to the Commission.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occassional Travel is required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You may be subject to a two year trial period.

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application .


CT-15: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and 5 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.

Specialized Experience must include:
  • Demonstrated skill in research and analysis of sophisticated legal issues, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of commodities or related law and regulations, international law, financial markets, corporate law, and general administrative law.
  • Knowledge of derivatives markets, including futures, options, and swap markets, and clearing for these markets.


Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Trial Period. You will be subject to a two year trial period.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Note: More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This job is being filled under a Schedule A hiring authority 5 CFR 213.3102 and is excepted from the competitive civil service. You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience and education, bar membership, and on the desired qualifications described above. All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume citing relevant experience.
  • JD and Bar membership details.
  • Transcripts (may be unofficial).
  • Writing sample, illustrating relevant experience

Optional Documents
  • Cover letter

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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