Research Specialist
Securities and Exchange Commission - Denver, CO

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Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

  • The SEC also has a Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria.
  • Paid dental insurance and vision insurance.
  • Increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage.
  • Mass transportation subsidy up to $245 per month.
  • Telework Opportunities
  • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program
This position is in the Denver Regional Office, Operations located in Denver, CO.

To find out more, go to http://www.sec.gov/jobs.shtml . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen. DUTIES:
The Research Specialist:
  • Serves as a specialist performing research assignments and conducting research projects supporting the work of the organization and the senior staff.
  • Researches SEC databases and files, media, government, and corporate websites, and other relevant sources to locate information related to the functions of the assigned organization. Identifies the appropriate sources to obtain relevant and current information.
  • Analyzes requests for information, researches records, collates information, determines if information is appropriate for release, and prepares the requested information for release and/or review. Identifies unusual or controversial information requests and brings them to the attention of senior staff.
  • Develops and maintains a system to store information and materials located in research efforts for future reference. Monitors current events related to the mission of the assigned organization and alerts staff to issues impacting operations and processes. Assists senior staff with the retention and segregation of information as necessary.
  • Collects data from a variety of sources and summarizes the information. Compiles research results for presentation. Prepares correspondence, reports, or other documents related to work assignments.
  • Collaborates with senior staff in the preparation of comprehensive documents/ reports covering all phases of research and analysis relative to assigned area of responsibility. Reports include summations of all areas of research covered, conclusions reached, and recommendations for action. Exercises discretion in the collection and presentation of facts as any outgoing documentation is a reflection on the agency. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

Minimum Qualification Requirements : Candidate must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS/SK-11 level, or equivalent providing support by assisting staff in researching information related to areas of program emphasis; collecting and extracting data from a variety of sources and compiling research results; preparing correspondence, reports, or other documents related to work assignments; and maintaining records, documents, and files.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the KSAs listed below.

  • Knowledge in the application of research theory, tools, methods, and principles gained through experience, education, and training.
  • Knowledge of the research process, and in-depth knowledge of specific area of assigned responsibility that substantially impacts the operations of the agency.
  • Skill to conduct complex research in order to apply regulations governing federal agencies and rules for financial institutions to difficult situations and to contribute to the interpretation of rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience in interpreting new regulations, changes to regulations, developing staff advice and assistance, and formulating and recommending new policies or changes to policies.
  • Knowledge and skill to utilize a wide variety of research sources to include databases, electronic files, web sites, and public and private media.
  • Ability to interact effectively with SEC executives as well as with SEC senior officials, supervisors, co-workers, industry representatives, and the public.
Important Notes:
1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. For more information, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/selectiveservicerequirements.asp#icc .

3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. This position has promotion potential to the SK- 12 .

5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

6. 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.

7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.

8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

9. This position is in the bargaining unit.

Information for Veterans: You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment. For more information please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.

Schedule A Candidates : For information, please e-mail: DisabilityEmploymentProgram@SEC.gov HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

Individuals with veteran's preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.

There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified . BENEFITS:

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES : Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibiles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher. Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location. You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities who request them for the application and hiring process. If you have a disability and would like to apply for non-competitive placement under Schedule and/or you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, see information and instructions on http://www.sec.gov/disability/sec_access.htm .

TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling about this vacancy. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see: http://fts.gsa.gov/frs/tollfree.htm .

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