The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) empowers employees to perform the SEC's mission by fostering equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment from hiring to separation.
SEC employees come from diverse backgrounds and, as federal employees, are entitled to a workplace where employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, sex (which includes pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status and sex stereotyping of any kind), age (40 and older), religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, parental status, political affiliation, marital status, uniformed status, membership in a labor organization or union, prior equal employment opportunity (EEO) or whistleblower activity, or any other factor unrelated to merit.
The Director provides leadership to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO). OEEO's mission is to create and apply best practices to achieve equal employment opportunity (EEO) in the workplace and to support compliance with anti-discrimination laws. It safeguards employment-related civil rights at the SEC and champions SEC efforts to foster a fair and equitable workplace-one where employment decisions are based on individual merit, and where everyone has an equal chance to succeed as far as their talents will take them.
Typical Duties Include:
Leading multi-disciplinary staff including lawyers, specialists, analysts, and data scientists; fostering engagement of OEEO employees; driving accountability measures related to OEEO personnel and programs; and providing overall strategic direction and management oversight for the office, including defining vision, setting short, medium, and long-term priorities, and general OEEO office management, including budget, records, privacy, IT, and procurement matters.
Promoting the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure adherence to nondiscriminatory employment practices and the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives by working with stakeholders to incorporate EEO and civil rights compliance and best practices into the SEC's everyday business.
Assessing current EEO Office programs, initiatives, policies, procedures, and activities and identifying and implementing enhancements or changes. This includes, but is not limited to, the EEO case processing program, alternative dispute resolution program, compliance assessments related to the SEC's overall EEO Program, the outreach, communications, and training program, the barrier assessment program, and reporting requirements.
Managing broad, emerging, or critical large-scale agency EEO programs, using experience and judgment to advance EEO at the SEC.
Serving as principal attorney in charge of extremely complex and difficult EEO problems.
Reviewing and evaluating workforce demographics; personnel policies, practices, and procedures; and other qualitative and quantitative data to determine the SEC's compliance with with governing legal and regulatory requirements, including applicable EEO laws, 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Management Directives, and to identify areas to incorporate best practices.
Communicating with senior management regarding the evaluation of EEO Program goals, including accomplishments and identifying areas for possible enhancement.
Collaborating with stakeholders internal and external to the SEC to accomplish objectives, including with the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) (SEC's diversity office) and Office of Human Resources, employee affinity groups sponsored by OMWI, SEC's Diversity Council, and the federal sector EEO community.
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
SO-01: Applicant must have four year(s) of post J.D. work experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which includes the following:
Comprehensive knowledge of EEO laws and regulations, experience providing guidance on matters related to employment matters, civil rights laws, and/or EEO regulations and guidelines;
Establishing and executing a strategic vision; managing complex programs through the work of staff members and identifying and delivering on priorities; AND
Experience communicating to a broad base audience about complex EEO issues.
Internal Number: 21-EX-11109550-SI
About U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The SEC is a bipartisan Commission consisting of up to five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The President designates one Commissioner to serve as Chairman of the Commission. The SEC’s mission is to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. Accordingly, as outlined in the SEC’s Strategic Plan, the SEC’s goals are to focus on the long-term interests of our Main Street investors; recognize significant developments and trends in our evolving capital markets and adjust our efforts to ensure we are effectively allocating our resources; and elevate the agency’s performance by enhancing our analytical capabilities and human capital development. The SEC oversees the nation’s securities markets and certain market participants, including broker-dealers, investment companies, investment advisers, clearing agencies, transfer agents, credit rating agencies, and securities exchanges, as well as organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The agency’s functional responsibilities are carried o...ut through five divisions and 25 offices, each of which is headquartered in Washington, DC. The SEC also has 11 regional offices located throughout the country.
The SEC is considered a mid-sized federal agency, with 4,350 employees at the start of FY20. The SEC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. In additional to standard federal benefits (i.e., escalating annual and sick leave, shared premiums for health, dental, vision, and life Insurance), we offer additional benefits related to child and elder care support, student loan repayment, generous retirement matching, transportation subsidy and many more benefits to support employee growth and development in our workforce.