In service to the CFTC's goal of encouraging innovation and enhancing the regulatory experience for market participants at home and abroad, LabCFTC's mission is to be the FACE of innovation within the Commission in promoting responsible innovation among financial industry, stakeholders, and policymakers. This position serves as a FinTech Technologist in LabCFTC within the Office of the Chairman.
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At the full performance level of this position, you will serve as a FinTech Policy and Technology Specialist in LabCFTC within the Office of the Chairman. This role reports directly to and works with the Director, LabCFTC to perform analyses of emerging technologies and training to educate Commission staff; while evaluating new technologies for the Commission. You will collaborate with external organizations, including domestic and international regulators, focused on sharing best practices related to FinTech innovation. You will provide expert technological advice and guidance on a wide range and variety of FinTech technologies and innovations and policy efforts related to these innovations. Additionally you will;
- Understand and engage with innovators regarding the application, benefits, and risks of their technologies/innovations.
- Identify emerging technologies or RegTech that can benefit and make the CFTC a more efficient and effective regulator.
- Use mastery knowledge of FinTech concepts and principles to assess products, technologies, systems, policies and processes that will enhance the Commission's ability to achieve its strategic goals.
- Draft LabCFTC publications, including Primers and white papers, for use as educational tools regarding emerging Fintech innovations.
- Create educational content and lead internal education sessions on new and emerging technologies.
- Work with the Director, LabCFTC on policy initiatives, such as developing FinTech statutory and regulatory guidance and related reformation of agency technology and procurement strategy or legislative proposals on areas within CFTC's jurisdiction.
- Participate on the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC), which was created to advise the Commission on the impact and implications of technological innovations on financial services and the futures markets.
- Advise and consult with internal teams on FinTech developments in the derivatives markets or the financial services industry in general.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship
- Background/Security Investigation
- Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:
Strategic Thinking: Ability to formulate effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Ability to examine policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Skill in determining objectives and setting priorities; anticipating potential threats or opportunities.
Technical Awareness: Knowledge of developments and new applications of information technology, emerging technologies and their applications to business processes, and applications and implementation of information systems to meet organizational requirements.
Written Communication: Ability to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produce written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Oral Communication: Ability to express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); listen to others, and respond appropriately.
CT-14: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/CT-13 level; examples of specialized experience include that through which one has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, practices in the FinTech field in order to assess products, technologies, systems, and processes that will enhance an organization's ability to achieve its strategic goals; experience planning, developing, and carrying out broad and extensive analytical assignments concerning FinTech; and experience providing technological advice and guidance on a wide range of FinTech data and systems analyses.
CT-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/CT-12 level; examples of specialized experience include that through which one has knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, practices in the FinTech field in order to assess products, technologies, systems; experience carrying out analytical assignments concerning FinTech; and experience providing technological advice and guidance on a wide range of FinTech analyses.
Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Probationary Period. May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under CFTC Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
If you are requesting Veterans Preference, you must submit:
- Copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);
- Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable);
- VA Letter (if applicable)
Veterans Preference. If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume.
In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-disconnected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
ICTAP candidates MUST submit:
1. A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
2. A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
4. A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.