General Attorney - Whistleblower

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 04, 2021
Closes
Dec 11, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

If selected, the incumbent will
  • Serve as Senior Special Counsel with the Legal Policy 2 Group of the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Provide authoritative advice to the Division of Enforcement, the General Counsel, and the Commission on novel questions with broad legal implications; independently research and respond to substantive questions concerning the administration of the SEC's Whistleblower program, the federal securities laws and other areas of law, such as administrative laws.
  • Review recommendations from the Office of the Whistleblower and other related recommendations from the Division of Enforcement; provide guidance to other attorneys in Legal Policy 2 concerning the review of recommendations;
  • Address complex and difficult matters involving the application of the federal securities laws and, in particular, the rules concerning the SEC's whistleblower program, including matters involved in drafting orders or other legal instruments;
  • Formulate and analyze policy alternatives consistent with the development of law.


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 permanent SEC 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 optional telework posture. This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC 's telework policy.
  • All SEC employees (whether teleworking or working onsite) who are not approved for a reasonable accommodation must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than Nov. 22, 2021.
  • For information about where to obtain a vaccine at no cost to you, please visit Vaccines.gov.
  • 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 pleadings, and motions; which also includes at least three years:
  • Interpreting federal securities laws, rules and regulations, with an emphasis on the rules governing the SEC's whistleblower program;
  • Preparing, reviewing, and editing a variety of written documents to convey information and analysis including memoranda and agency orders and opinions;
  • Coordinating the review with other attorneys and appropriately informing supervisors of key milestones related to assigned tasks; and
  • Conveying legal analysis and other information orally through briefings, consultations and presentations.


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

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: In accordance with Executive Order 14043 (Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees) and to protect the health and safety of the federal workforce, all SEC employees (whether teleworking or working onsite) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than Nov. 22, 2021. If selected for this position, you will be asked to attest to your current vaccination status and provide a copy of the documentation to support your vaccination status. Additionally, if selected, you may request an exemption from the mandatory vaccination due to a qualifying disability or medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance. If you have additional questions pertaining to the SEC's vaccination policy, email askHR at askHR@sec.gov .

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.

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