Supervisory Surveillance Analyst - (Associate Director)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 20, 2021
Closes
Oct 22, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position will serve as an Associate Director in the Surveillance Branch within the Division of Enforcement. The Surveillance Branch is responsible for the development, management and evaluation of the Commission's surveillance program which monitors all actively-traded Commission regulated derivatives markets including, futures, options on futures, and swaps markets to detect and prevent price manipulation and abusive trading practices.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as a Supervisory Surveillance Analyst (Associate Director) in The Metals and Energy Section or the Agriculture/Softs and Financial Section.
  • Overseeing the in-depth market surveillance of all actively traded futures, options, and swaps markets along with related cash market products in Washington DC, New York, and Chicago.
  • Managing and directing the activities of the surveillance analysts of either the Energy/Metals or the Agriculture/Softs/Finance Sections. Surveillance Analysts detect, examine and identify potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission rules and regulations including possible manipulative activity or other market disruptions.
  • Providing guidance and expert assistance to the Division of Enforcement in the development of economic evidence in major manipulation or fraud cases.
  • Supervising the analyses associated with routine and special surveillance situations, develop new surveillance techniques, supervise software prototypes, conduct regulatory change evaluations, and/or other operational improvements.
  • Advising the Commission and the Deputy Director for Surveillance concerning important market events.
  • Conducting short- and long-range planning for the Branch's surveillance activities; makes decisions on how to maintain effective relationships with registered entities and industry participants; recommend methods of reducing CFTC operating costs through changes in work methods and implementation of automation; and prepares budget recommendations and justifications.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15 - The full performance level for this position is CT-15.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service

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Qualifications

***As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement***

CT-15: To qualify for the CT-15, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-14 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.

Specialized Experience is defined as:
  • Experience in developing policy, operational procedures/guidelines, formal presentations, and/or instructional documents as it relates to trading, economics, futures and other derivatives.
  • Ability to develop, review, and approve new analysis techniques, automated tools, data visualizations, data analysis, and mining of very large databases.
  • Expertise in handling data and identifying situations that impact market integrity, including corners, squeezes and marking the close, and other frauds that impact derivative markets.


Education

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Additional information

Probationary Period. Candidates selected under competitive examining procedures will subject to a one-year probationary 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.

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.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement from other geographical locations as needed.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under CFTC Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment 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. Your application will then be placed in one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
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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

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • If you are requesting Veterans Preference, you must submit:
  • Copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).
  • Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
  • VA Letter
  • Veterans Preference. If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume.

    In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
    • Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-disconnected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.ICTAP candidates MUST submit:
  • A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
  • A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
  • A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

    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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