Position Information


The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) is responsible for the regulation and oversight of the commodity futures, options on futures, and swaps marketplaces.  Commodity futures, options on futures, and swaps markets are highly innovative and global in scope.  The mission of the Division is to foster open, transparent, fair, competitive, and secure markets through clear rules and effective oversight of derivatives markets and market participants. 

If selected for this position, you will serve as an Attorney Advisor within the Compliance Branch (Branch) of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  At the full performance level of this position you will; 

  • Lead examination review teams, participating in all aspects of planning and conducting reviews that involve comprehensive analysis and evaluation of exchanges' self-regulatory programs. Develops and draft questions for interviews of exchange officials and leading interviews of senior exchange officials. Review and analyze documentation, develops recommendations, drafts RER reports, and presents findings to the Commission.  May participate in system safeguards exams of DCMs, SEFs, and SDRs for compliance with applicable system safeguards provisions of the Act and Commission regulations. 

  • Participate as a team member of inter-divisional teams in review of requests by trading facilities seeking to become registered entities, either DCMs or SEFs.

  • Review market-related requests for approval and rule certification filings submitted by registered entities related to trading rules, off-centralized-market trading procedures, exchange governance structures and organization, and disciplinary procedures. Determine compliance with the Act, Commission regulations, and policies consistent with general legal principles and reasonable in light of cash and derivatives market practices or other practical or operational considerations.

  • Draft regulations, guidance, acceptable practices, policy statements, and interpretations to of market-related issues for adoption by the Commission. These matters generally are of a highly technical and complex nature and may require extensive collaboration with other divisions or offices within the Commission. Prepare the Federal Register notices, summarizing comments, summarizing testimony, and making recommendations for further revisions.

  • Address legal and policy issues and problems related to derivatives trading and the CFTC's oversight program to identify, plan, and solve issues and problems. Such assessments may involve complex legal analyses, require the development and application of new analytical techniques, and require the preparation of cogently written final reports recommending specific courses of action or alternatives to present policy.

  • Provide technical expertise to the Deputy Director and Division Director regarding matters related to the oversight of regulated entities, and advise on interpretations of law or on proposed changes in market-related regulations, including substantive policy matters requiring consultation and sign-off by the Deputy Director and/or Division Director.

  • Interact and coordinate with senior officials within and outside the Commission. This includes conferring or negotiating extensively with top exchange officials (senior attorneys, economists, and compliance officers), members of law firms, industry officials, officials with other governmental agencies and departments.

Position: Attorney-Advisor
Organization: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $78,828 to $223,070
Posting Start Date: 5/19/2020
Date Posted: 5/19/2020

Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship
Favorable Background/Security Investigation
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application.

To qualify at the CT-11 level, applicants must have:

A law degree (J.D. or equivalent), Superior Academic Achievement and bar membership, OR
A law degree (J.D. or equivalent), bar membership, and 1 year of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.
To qualify at the CT-12 level, applicants must have

A law degree (J.D. or equivalent), bar membership, and 2 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.
To qualify at the CT-13, applicants must have a law degree (J.D. or equivalent), bar membership, and 3 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school. 

To qualify at the CT-14, applicants must have a law degree (J.D. or equivalent), bar membership, and 4 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.

Specialized experience must include:

•Demonstrated skill in research and analysis of sophisticated legal issues, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.

•Knowledge of commodities or related law and regulations, financial markets, corporate law, and general administrative law.

•Knowledge of derivatives markets, including futures, options, and swap markets, and clearing for these markets.

All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

How to Apply
YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE.  Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. You must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS.GOV.  To begin, click the Apply Online button within the vacancy announcement and follow the prompts to create an account using LOGIN.GOV, if you have not done so already. LOGIN.GOV will walk you through each step of the account set-up and will automatically link your USAJOBS profile to LOGIN.GOV.  Once you have established an account using LOGIN.GOV, you will then go back to USAJOBS.GOV using your LOGIN.GOV user name and password to answer the questions, and submit all required documents. If you already have established an LOGIN.GOV account or want to return to your saved application go to USAJOBS.GOV using your LOGIN.GOV user name and password to apply or view your profile. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 1-866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

Status: This listing expires on: 8/17/2020
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Organization Information
Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC
Three Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW
Washington,  DC 20581
United States
(202) 418-5580
Heidi Challe