SEC Fellow (Economist)

At the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) and value a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the communities we serve. As such, we welcome applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who share our commitment to public service.

Financial economist fellows provide economic guidance and research expertise to a broad range of activities, including rulemakings, enforcement actions, market risk assessments, and other regulatory initiatives. In all roles, candidates must demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge of economics and econometrics in support of the SEC’s mission to protect investors, facilitate capital formation, and ensure fair and orderly markets.

This vacancy announcement is for Financial Economist Fellows, which are usually hired on an initial two-year (temporary) appointment that may be extended for up to an additional two years at the agency’s discretion and, if extended, the total fellow position cannot exceed four years. (During their appointment Financial Economist Fellows are not precluded from competing for permanent openings).

Typical duties:

  • Provide economic guidance, research, and expertise in a broad range of projects, including federal policy, rulemakings, enforcement actions, market risk assessment, and other regulatory initiatives.
  • Use economics, finance, and econometrics to develop and analyze federal financial policies and rules, including their impact on individuals, businesses, market efficiency, competition, and capital formation.
  • Use economics, finance, and econometrics to evaluate specific violations of securities laws, such as analysis of market impact of the alleged wrongdoing, and analysis of the extent of harm as well as ill-gotten gains.
  • Use economics, finance, and econometrics to provide risk assessment and modeling analyses to support SEC supervisory, surveillance, and investigative programs involving market, systemic, conduct and fraud risk.
  • Present and discuss analyses, models, and findings with SEC leadership and legal staff. Contribute to meetings and engagements with external stakeholders.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize tasks to address needs, emerging issues, and meet timelines, while working collaboratively and flexibly with multi-disciplinary team members, including lawyers and finance policy experts.
  • Analyze economic, financial, and administrative data to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of federal financial and securities regulations and policies.
  • Evaluate economic research and comments authored by federal agencies, academics and other experts to determine their relevance and implications for federal financial rules and policies.
  • Review draft analyses and reports, and address stakeholders’ comments, to ensure accuracy, precision, and clarity of presentation of economic issues and data.

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open US Citizens or persons admitted for permanent residence (green card) 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 SK-14 level.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary 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 in the collective bargaining unit.
  • This is a term appointment not-to-exceed 2 years, with the option to extend an additional 2 years. The appointment may not exceed a total of four years.
  • This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.
  • Existing Participants in the SEC’s Remote Telework Program are eligible to apply for this position. If selected, management will evaluate and communicate whether the position will allow for continued participation in Remote Telework.

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