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The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

The Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation at the Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking Financial Economists who will participate in the agency-wide risk assessment program, analyzing a wide range of market related data. The Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation (RSFI) was created in September 2009 to integrate financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC. The Division is involved across the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, and examination.

Open date: 07/17/12
Early cut-off: 08/07/12
Close date: 08/28/12

Salary Range: SK-13: $96,590 - $157,981; SK-14: $110,910 – $181,398


As a Financial Economist in the Division you will a pply a thorough knowledge of planning, information assembly, analysis, conclusions, and report preparation to support assignments, studies, programs, or projects; analyze and support key issues and produce analysis that supports recommendations regarding financial regulation and the implications indicated; participate and provide input in the analyses being conducted by senior managers and supervisors; identify key issues and making recommendations regarding financial regulation and the economic implications; and apply finance principles, standards, theories, practices, concepts, and techniques to matters before the Division.


You must be a U.S. Citizen.

Education: Degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in stat istics, accounting, or calculus; or a c ombination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Experience :

SK-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-12 working as a member of a team providing economic analysis and research support to the assigned program area; providing support for a range of issues related to the assigned area of responsibility to include activities such as conducting research, analyzing problems, developing recommendations for actions, presenting information briefings, and working with the staff in the conduct of the functional program operations.

SK-14: In addition to the experience required for the SK-13, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 providing technical leadership on complex, unprecedented problems and problems of critical importance; formulating and carrying through research plans; handling assignments related to enforcement and securities markets and financial intermediaries; evaluating and interpreting study findings and preparing authoritative and descriptive background reports; communicating complex findings and associated methodologies to officials and professionals with varying degrees of familiarity with economic analysis.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience planning, assembling information, conducting analysis, developing conclusions, and preparing reports of an economic/financial nature.
  • Experience participating and providing input into the analyses being conducted by senior managers and supervisors.
  • Experience identifying key issues and making recommendations regarding financial regulation and the economic implications.
  • Ability to communicate to identify problems, recommend solutions, and convey complex and/or technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • A bility to collaborate with others to carry out financial and/or economic studies, programs and projects.


  • Multiple selections may be made from this posting.
  • This position is in the bargaining unit.

Ready to apply? Here are your next steps:

  1. You must address the required experience in your resume. If you meet any of the preferred experience, you are encouraged to address that in your resume as well.
  2. You must submit a transcript, unofficial or official.
  3. If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference , you must attach your DD-214. For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later. For more information please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  4. Need help or more information? Contact Nicole R. Woodard at 202-551-7466 or woodardn@sec.gov .
  5. Click on the following link to begin the application process for this position:


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Modified: 07/17/2012