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Senior Officer - Chief Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: 20-EX-10633003-DMQ Exp.: 4+ Years
This Chief Counsel position is in the Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) located in Washington, DC.

The Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) is responsible for accounting and auditing matters arising in the Commission's administration of the federal securities laws, particularly with respect to accounting policy determinations, the form and content of financial statements to be filed with the Commission, and internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) matters.

The Chief Accountant is the principal adviser to the Commission on matters related to accounting and auditing.

Typical duties include:
  • Providing legal counsel and advice in support of all OCA activities, including those of the Chief Accountant, the Accounting Group, the Professional Practice Group, and the International Group (all of whom are staffed by accountants and not attorneys);
  • Managing rulemaking responsibility for OCA, both within OCA and review of rulemaking from other divisions and offices;
  • Serving as the principal liaison to the Division of Enforcement on all enforcement matters regarding accounting, auditing, internal accounting controls, and accountants, including consultations in investigations, action memo review, and providing advice to the Commission;
  • Providing governance oversight of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and Public Company Accounting Standards Board, including administering Commission procedures involving member appointments to both bodies, and Commission oversight of the statutorily required accounting support fees used to fund both bodies.
  • Overseeing the administration of the Commission's Rule 102(e) Program with respect to accountants, including formulating recommendations to the Commission on accountant suspensions and processing of reinstatement applications;
  • Serving as the liaison to the 55 State/Territory State Boards of Accountancy, involving notifications of enforcement actions to relevant boards, inquiries regarding licensure and disciplinary status, and resource for communications to the SEC.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Conditions of Employment
You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree. You must be an active member of the bar in good standing. This position is open to all U.S. citizens and persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B) 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 SO-02 level. Trial Period: This appointment may require completion of a two-year supervisory/managerial trial period. 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 not in the collective bargaining unit.

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.
SO-01: Applicant must have at least four years of post JD experience as a practicing attorney which also includes at least three years of specialized experience: (1) interpreting and applying knowledge of the federal statutes, rules and regulations administered by and affecting the Commission and the accounting profession, as well as experience with federal statutes, rules and regulations related to the regulatory process, particularly the Administrative Procedures Act; (2) conducting legal and policy analysis; and (3) overseeing the work of other attorneys and accountants in order to resolve legal and policy issues.

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:

Closing Date: 5th November, 2019

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