April 9, 2023
- Agency: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Position: General Attorney
- Location: New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
- Salary: $140,830 - $259,590 per year
- Open & Close Dates: 04/03/2023 to 04/17/2023
- Job Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/717062700
The Division of Enforcement’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit (CACU) operates on a nationwide basis, exercises the full range of the Division’s investigative and law enforcement powers, and focuses on violations of the federal securities laws.
If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for developing and maintaining specialized knowledge and expertise in the identification and investigation of cyber-related misconduct in one of the advertised locations.
Conditions of Employment:
- This position is open to U.S. Citizens.
- You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree.
- You must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Typical duties include:
- Conducting complex, fast-moving investigations being undertaken by the SEC involving crypto asset securities and cyber issues. Developing investigative or litigation plans and adjusting as appropriate during the course of an investigation.
- Drafting subpoenas and other requests for documents, questioning witnesses through interviews, testimony, or depositions, evaluating documentary or testimonial evidence to demonstrate whether sufficient evidence exists to prove violations of federal securities laws, and preparing litigation-related documents.
- Providing management and unit leadership with advice and work product exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding of relevant law, facts, and technology. Using sound judgment to determine the quality, accuracy and relevance of information or data, analyzing information to identify relationships and trends, and integrating and synthesizing facts to reach reasonable conclusions.
- Communicating with agency officials at all levels, including supervisors, coworkers, staff in courts and private industry, and other agencies.
- Organizing work, setting priorities, and determining short or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them. Developing innovative solutions to address issues and problems or involving novel or unexplored questions of law or policy.
- May participate in all aspects of litigation in federal court and administrative proceedings.
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.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess the following:
- J.D. or LL.B. degree –AND–
- Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: Proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.)
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.
SK-14: Applicants must have at least three (3) years of post J.D. work experience independently identifying legal issues, providing legal analyses, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as contracts, dispositions, pleadings, and motions which also includes at least two years:
- Analyzing complex legal and factual issues in a fast-paced and labor intensive matter; and
- Conducting investigations and developing recommendations relating to violations of the federal securities laws; and
- Conducting civil cases in United States District Courts and proceedings before administrative law judges.
Official transcripts will be required at the time of appointment to verify education.
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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Reasonable Accommodation: If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC, submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process here. Please be sure to submit your request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.
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