Staff Accountant Staff Accountant …

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
in Washington D.C., DC, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 22 Jan 21
$130,364 to $218,671
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
in Washington D.C., DC, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 22 Jan 21
$130,364 to $218,671
Join the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division!

The Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.

The Division of Enforcement is seeking an applicant to fill the Staff Accountant position. The successful candidate will be assigned to the Enforcement Division's Office of Chief Accountant located at Securities and Exchange Commission Headquarters in Washington, D.C.



If selected, you will join a team and serve as an expert accounting investigative team member, adviser and/or consultant in the SEC Headquarters for one or more of the Enforcement Division's areas of accounting program emphasis, including, but not limited to, financial accounting and disclosure, auditing, internal controls, asset misappropriation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, and/or disgorgement and civil penalties. Provide professional accounting advice and assistance for cases undertaken by the Division.


Typical Duties Include:

  • Provides forensic accounting expertise relating to complex and difficult accounting auditing and fraud investigations, including the development and preparation of forensic accounting analysis and reports.
  • Applies sophisticated accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to identify, analyze, and summarize evidence of financial fraud or other accounting and auditing related violations of the federal securities laws.
  • Manage and analyze large sets of data (both accounting and non-accounting) obtained in investigations. This includes directing the process of obtaining, cleaning and analyzing data sets in the investigation process. Provide the results of the data analytics in formats and presentations that can be easily understood by interested parties.
  • Prepares detailed accounting and auditing findings and conclusions utilized in SEC administrative proceedings and/or federal court actions, and translates findings into terminology and formats which can be understood by both legal and lay personnel.
  • Works with legal staff by reviewing subpoenas; identifying potential witnesses and taking testimony; analyzing documentary and/or testimonial evidence to determine potential for Commission action; or assisting in the preparation of action memos submitted to the Commission.
  • Identifies accounting trends, problematic issues, and novel accounting processes being used by publicly held entities, and responds to inquiries on complex accounting and auditing matters from Commission staff, securities industry staff, other federal agencies, and the courts relating to Enforcement cases and proceedings.



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.



Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


Combination of education and experience -- at least four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must include ONE of the following:

24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester hours of business law;

A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;


Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester hour requirement in paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement for 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements;



In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement SK-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level:(1) applying knowledge of federal securities laws, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), (2) experience with investigative processes, strategies, and tools to perform detailed analysis, and draw conclusions; and (3) providing advice to senior management and develop technical recommendations involving investigations.



ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

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:

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