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Chief Accountant is Seeking Candidates for 2019 Professional Accounting Fellow Positions

Nov. 13, 2018

The SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) is seeking additional candidates that meet the criteria discussed belowfor Professional Accounting Fellow (PAF) positions that will begin in the summer or fall of 2019 in light of the number of anticipated open positions.  Applicants are required to submit to (OCA):

  • A resume;
  • At least two letters of recommendation from non-relatives; and
  • A ten to twelve page essay (see further information below). 

Applicants are required to submit these items on or before Friday, March 29, 2019 to the Chief Accountant of the SEC.  Applicants should complete the application online at USAJobs, using the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513636200

Inquiries about the PAF program may be addressed to the attention of Mr. Louis Collins or Ms. Jamie Davis in OCA at (202) 551-4082 or collinslo@sec.govand (202) 551-7992 or davisjam@sec.gov, respectively.  

The SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) is accepting applications for Professional Accounting Fellow (PAF) positions that will begin in the summer or fall of 2019.  The PAF program, which began in 1972, is designed to provide participating fellows with outstanding opportunities for public service, personal development, and career advancement.  During the two-year term of the fellowship, the successful candidates may lead and participate in teams assigned to study and develop rule proposals under the federal securities laws; liaise with accounting, auditing, and other professional standard-setting bodies; and consult with public companies and auditors on accounting, auditing, and reporting matters.   

OCA is seeking candidates who can draw upon their significant experience in auditing the financial statements of, consulting with, or working for public companies to exhibit an understanding of and an ability to succinctly explain policy or practice matters affecting public companies that are associated with either (or both) of the following: 

  • The application or implementation of accounting standards by public companies (areas of specialty may include, but are not limited to, accounting topics such as revenue recognition; leases; and financial instruments).
  • Analyzing, implementing, and applying auditing and quality control standards and policies in the audit of the financial statements of public companies or broker-dealers (areas of specialty may include, but are not limited to, development and implementation of audit policy and methodology; auditing estimates, including fair value; auditing in a multi-national environment; auditing internal control over financial reporting; and advancing the use of technology and data to improve audit quality).

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence and actively seeking U.S. citizenship at the date of hire to be eligible to begin employment as a PAF. 

Applicants are required to submit to OCA:

  • A resume;
  • At least two letters of recommendation from non-relatives; and
  • A ten to twelve page essay (see further information below). 

Applicants are required to submit these items on or before Friday, January 11, 2019 to the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Applicants should complete the application online at USAJobs, using the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513636200

Applicants are required to submit a ten to twelve page essay (single-spaced) that they have prepared on their own, the content of which directly relates to a current accounting or auditing topic that either affects or may in the future affect financial reporting by public companies in the U.S. capital markets.  The applicant’s essay will include his or her consideration of the associated policy level issues.  Applicants are encouraged to select any such current accounting or auditing topic in which they possess expertise.  

For United States veterans, in order to receive credit for military service you must indicate dates of service on your resume and provide proof of veteran status (DD-214, Member Copy 4 or other documentation containing dates of service and character of discharge).  Disabled veterans and other applicants eligible for 10-point Veteran's Preference please include documentation to validate your claim (VA letter, SF-15, etc.).

In considering all applications, the Commission’s policy of affording equal employment opportunity to all eligible applicants will be followed.   

Inquiries about the PAF program may be addressed to the attention of Mr. Louis Collins or Ms. Jamie Davis in OCA at (202) 551-4082 or collinslo@sec.govand (202) 551-7992 or davisjam@sec.gov, respectively.  

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