Senior Staff Accountant

Washington D.C.
$157,810 to $253,300
Feb 05, 2021
Mar 05, 2021
Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time

This position is in the Division of Corporation Finance, Disclosure Review Program located in Washington, DC.

As Office Chief in the Disclosure Review Program, you will be responsible for managing the activities of one of seven Industry Offices and for participating in the leadership of the overall review program strategy.


  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations and planning of the office; leading change; motivating managers and staff; encouraging creative thinking, innovation and novel processes that create efficiency and flexibility while maintaining investor protection and facilitating capital formation.
  • Oversee the office's program for screening and selectively reviewing transactional filings made under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to monitor and enhance compliance with the applicable disclosure and accounting requirements.
  • Guide the office and Division in setting and meeting the Division's annual review goals, as well as ensuring that the Division meets its mandatory review requirement under Section 408 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  • Monitor and assess issues across filings, companies and industries and collaborate and/or coordinate with other offices or divisions, including other Industry Offices, the Division's Office of Risk and Strategy, Office of Assessment and Continuous Improvement, and/or Office of Specialized Policy and Disclosure. Responsible for analyzing and recommending courses of action for novel issues and complex disclosure questions and coordinating effectively with other office chiefs to promote consistency in the Disclosure Review Program.
  • Assist the Disclosure Review Program leadership in developing and executing on initiatives and strategic goals.
  • Perform administrative and human resource management functions regarding the staff supervised within the office; collaborate with other office chiefs to meet the Division's review program goals; provide leadership and guidance to managers as they establish performance standards and development plans for individual staff members and hold employees accountable to those standards; make hiring and resource and workload allocation decisions; and mentor employees and focus on their professional development.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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: Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR

Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;

2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR

3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.

SK-17: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-14 level:

Specialized experience includes all of the following: 1) independently reviewing or auditing financial statements included in public company SEC filings; 2) providing advice regarding the application of accounting and financial reporting requirements related to the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Securities and Exchange Commission rules, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, and other interpretative regulatory documents; and 3) recommending the resolution of accounting and/or financial reporting issues.


You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

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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