Invest in your Career at the SEC
March 5, 2019
Invest in your Career at the SEC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires the expertise and hard work of a diverse team of professionals to maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets. Positions are located in our Washington, DC headquarters and also our 11 regional offices located in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.
Our positions support and partner with all Divisions and Offices throughout the agency. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens upon applying. Please see the list below for an overview of each Division or Office:
- Division of Corporation Finance
- Division of Enforcement
- Division of Investment Management
- Division of Trading & Markets
- Office of the Chief Accountant
- Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations
- Office of the General Counsel
- Office of International Affairs
To review and apply to any of our current listings, please visit our USAJobs page.
SEC Accountants perform a wide variety of work, ranging from examining financial statements in public filings and finding solutions to the most difficult and controversial accounting issues to rule-writing and participating in enforcement investigations. Accountants in the regional offices primarily work on enforcement matters and/or on issues arising out of the SEC's inspection programs.
The SEC welcomes applications from attorneys with more than one year of experience for all offices at the Commission – SEC headquarters and our 11 regional offices - throughout the year. To receive consideration outside of our normal vacancy announcements, please apply to the specific SEC office of interest here. Veterans must submit verification of preference with their application. You are encouraged to apply to all divisions and offices of interest to you. If you are interested in one or more of our regional offices, submit your application materials to each office directly.
SEC Economists are responsible for using economic methods to solve problems across the entire range of agency activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, examination, and other matters. SEC Economists identify and analyze issues, trends, and innovations in the marketplace; develop analytical approaches, methods, and models to uncover potential securities law violations; work with outside experts in academia and industry to strengthen the SEC's foundation of market knowledge; manage and analyze public and private data to support relevant initiatives and projects; and, conduct research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Securities Compliance Examiners are located in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. and also in our 11 regional offices. Becoming an examiner is a great way to learn securities compliance and to obtain first-hand experience in the securities industry.
Examiners have a varied and challenging range of responsibilities from reviewing a mutual fund's portfolio or a broker-dealer's sales activities to reviewing the financials of a multi-million dollar company. Examiners conduct inspections of firms by performing background research and on-site examinations which include interviews with key personnel, tours of the operations and review and analysis of the firm's records and operations. Examiners search for indications that securities laws have been violated or that the firm's compliance procedures and controls are weak.
SEC Industry Specialists
The SEC is seeking highly qualified industry professionals to serve in several divisions and offices. Areas of expertise sought include risk management, valuation, options, clearing agencies, derivatives, information security technology, asset management, structured and new products, municipal securities, public pensions, foreign corrupt practices, market abuse, and much more. These opportunities are available in our Washington, DC, Headquarters as well as at a number of our regional offices.
Additional opportunities for Industry Professionals exist in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. For more information, please click here.
SEC IT Specialists
The SEC employs individuals to work in Information Technology within a number of divisions and offices in our 11 regional offices nationwide as well as in our Office of Information Technology in our Washington, D.C. headquarters. Opportunities in IT include positions that support the SEC infrastructure as well as compliance, examination and enforcement programs involving the organizations regulated by the SEC.