28 days old

Enforcement Attorney

Washington, District of Columbia 20549
  • Job Type
    Corporate Counsel, Law Firm Associate
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The Division of Enforcement is hiring an attorney for the (Sec.12(j) and (k) Program. This position is located in Washington, DC.


Salary Range (Salary = Base Pay + Locality)


SK-11: $78,951 - $129,835


Enforcement’s (Sec.12(j) and (k) Program


The Division of Enforcement is seeking an attorney proficient with Section 12(j) and (k) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to join the Division’s Delinquent Filings group, which is the only group in the Division that focuses exclusively on delinquent filings. The group's work is very important to the Division, as it takes action against companies which would otherwise be available for possible manipulative purposes.  As a result of this work, countless investors are protected and Commission resources that would have otherwise been necessary to address future misconduct can instead be allocated to other areas.

Division of Enforcement 

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.

Job Details

  • Stays abreast of law, practice, and policy matters affecting enforcement of the Exchange Act provisions requiring Exchange Act Section 12 registrants to file periodic reports with the Commission. Responsible for advice concerning delinquent filings and enforcement of Section 12(j), 12(k) and related provisions. Interfaces regularly with the Division of Corporation Finance.
  • Conducts investigations being undertaken by the SEC related to the Issuer Delinquent Filing Program. Develops investigative or litigation plans and adjusts as appropriate during the course of such investigations.
  • Drafts subpoenas and other requests for documents, questions witnesses through interviews, testimony, or depositions, evaluates documentary evidence to demonstrate whether sufficient evidence exists to prove violations of federal securities laws.
  • Drafts action memoranda seeking Commission authorization to file actions against delinquent issuers.
  • Along with the trial unit, pursues litigation on behalf of the SEC related to the Issuer Delinquent Filing Program, including drafting necessary litigation documents.
  • Provides management with advice and work products exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding of relevant law and facts.
  • Uses sound judgment and determine the quality, accuracy and relevance of information or data, analyze information to identify relationships and trends, and integrate and synthesize facts to reach reasonable conclusions.
  • Communicates with agency officials at all levels, including supervisors, coworkers, staff in courts and private industry, and other agencies.
  • Organizes work, set priorities, and determine short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them.
  • May participate in all aspects of litigation in federal court and administrative proceedings.


Minimum Qualifications: 

SK-11: Applicant must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction).


How to apply:

(Application deadline: February 7, 2020. ***Email resumes to: HO-ENF-Hiring@sec.gov)


Please send the following documents addressed to “Hiring Committee, Office of Enforcement":  

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Outline your relevant background and experience (which should be addressed in full in your resume)
  • Documentation showing that you are an active member of the bar in good standing
  • Attorney Appointment Application


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and genetic information, and age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


Posted: 2020-01-21 Expires: 2020-02-20

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Enforcement Attorney

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Washington, District of Columbia 20549

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