Financial Analyst

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
29 March 2021
100 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Job Type
$100,000-199,999, $200,000-299,999


Salary: $130,364 to $218,671

Open: March 29 to April 12, 2021


 The Division of Trading and Markets establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. It regulates the major securities market participants, including broker-dealers, self-regulatory organizations (such as stock exchanges, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and clearing agencies), and transfer agents.

The position is in Washington, DC.


To conduct its work, the Division develops market monitoring tools; provides analytical support, product expertise, rule reviews, and insight to policy changes; and reviews regulatory filings.

Specifically, the Division seeks to:

  • Identify and assess risks, issues, and trends related to market stability, efficiency, and fairness. Evaluating issues that arise due to increasing technical complexity and growing threats from malicious actors will be a specific focus of this role. Analyze policy issues that arise as a result of market monitoring, self-regulatory organization rule proposals, or other Commission objectives and developing meaningful research questions amenable to empirical analysis that can provide actionable insight into those issues.
  • Design and conduct complex, quantitative, policy-relevant analysis and research related to financial institutions, trading venues, products, regulations, and technologies.
  • Assess and analyzes data from multiple sources stored in multiple locations
  • Use a variety of different technical tools including programming languages to analyze market, credit, and/or liquidity risk data, and to help gain insights for market monitoring and market event analysis.
  • Prepare and presents findings and recommendations of the research and analysis to SEC senior leadership.

Travel Required

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


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Due to COVID-19, the SEC is currently in a mandatory telework posture through June 25, 2021. If selected, you will be permitted to temporarily telework from a location outside the local commuting area.
  • Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you will be eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC 's telework policy.


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.


SK-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level:

  1. Developing tools, applications, and approaches for monitoring the operations of financial markets , and interpreting the results;
  2. Planning or directing a large-scale data driven analysis and research related to financial market structure, products, regulations, or processes.

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