OMG, the SEC and CFTC are Hiring ESQ's…

The Blog of the Legal Times noted yesterday that the SEC is moving quickly to fill attorney positions, and has actually retained a headhunter to facilitate the process:

Open SEC jobs include a trial attorney in the Enforcement Division and a senior advisor in the Clearance and Settlement unit within the

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Division of Trading and Markets, which both pay between $126,661 and $198,333. The SEC is also hiring an associate director for Clearance and Settlement and chief counsel of the Division of Trading and Markets, with salaries of up to $226,160.

The SEC is even using [the headhunter] Futurestep to fill what amounts to entry-level attorney advisor positions – there are at least two vacancies, with pay starting at $81,225.

It’s imperative that the SEC fill the jobs before the end of the fiscal year in September, Enforcement Division head Robert Khuzami told a securities law conference earlier this month. The agency got a $70 million bump in funding which will go toward new hires, “but we only have five months to do it,” he said. “All of a sudden we have to push through a lot of hires, because if we don’t spend the money by the end of the fiscal year, it’s gone.”

The piece notes that the SEC isn’t the only game in town for public-service minded attorneys with an interest in business and finance:

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission also found itself short-staffed, and is currently looking to fill at least eight lawyer vacancies – but it’s doing so on its own, without a headhunter.

The position announcements for most or all of these jobs, even the ones for which the headhunter is handling recruitment, should be available at USAJobs.

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