How About Working for SEC Enforcement?

The Dodd-Frank Act has created some new positions and some long occupied seats have opened up at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maybe you have the skills to help the SEC?

Yes, the SEC dropped in the rankings of best federal workplace, slipping from 3rd in 2007 to 24th in 2010. I suspect that reflects the turmoil from the Great Panic and Madoff frauds.

The SEC has new mandates and new leadership. The Enforcement Division has some high level openings and are actively look for talented people to apply. The pay looks good (for a government job).

Chief Counsel

This position has not been available for 17 years. Joan McKown left the SEC to join law firm Jones Day as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. She had held the Chief Counsel position since 1993. The Chief Counsel plays a key role in establishing enforcement policies at the SEC and in reviewing proposed enforcement actions before they are recommended to the Commission for approval.

“The Chief Counsel of the Division of Enforcement serves as principal advisor and consultant to the Director, and other high ranking officials of the Division, on a wide range of matters including technical, and/or precedent-setting, aspects of the federal securities laws.”

Job Posting for Chief Counsel

Associate Director – Office of Whistleblower Coordinator

This is a new position created by Dodd-Frank who will report to the Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence and to the Office of the Director of Enforcement for purposes of whistleblower advocacy.

Job Posting for Associate Director – Office of Whistleblower Coordinator

Associate Director

Chris Conte vacated the position of Associate Director in the enforcement unit to take a position with Steptoe & Johnson LLP after almost 18 years with the SEC. he had just finished an investigation of Dell’s accounting violations and obtained a $100 million penalty.

Job Listing for Associate Director