If you are an expert in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and securities in general, and if you like a high profile, fast-paced, exciting senior position at an organization with an inspiring mission that you can feel good about coming to work every day, then look no further.
As our Director of SEC Securities Policy, you would help lead the fight to create economic security, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans while reforming the financial system to support the real economy and jobs while reducing inequality, racial injustice, poverty, and the climate crisis. Protecting Main Street consumers, investors, and retirees, Better Markets is a counterweight to Wall Street and the broader financial industry throughout the Washington policymaking and rule-making processes. Our goal is nothing less than to make the American Dream available to everyone and ensure the economic and financial laws, rules and regulations work for them, not against them. That means everyone with a credit card, debit card, bank account, brokerage account, loan of any type or who uses any financial product or service is impacted by Better Markets’ work.
Working collaboratively and strategically with our team of mission-driven experts in derivatives, commodities, banking, and other key subjects, the Director of SEC Securities Policy would lead our advocacy regarding all matters related to securities/SEC. The position includes being a thought leader, conducting research, formulating policy recommendations, authoring original materials, and engaging with regulators, policymakers, industry, allies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the securities market as well as financial stability more broadly. This person would also work closely with our communications team and support development, outreach, and fundraising.
The ideal candidate will be a senior, highly motivated professional with significant experience in the financial industry, financial regulation or, ideally, both. In-depth knowledge of the SEC, securities and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related rulemakings is essential, along with a strong understanding of financial markets more generally. While substantive knowledge and experience are necessary, it is not sufficient: the successful candidate must also have a proven track record of working autonomously while also working collaboratively and collegially with a team of peers, subordinates, and executives.
- Closely monitor and engage in activities at the SEC and other entities involved in securities-related matters, as well as developments in the industry.
- Perform detailed analyses related to the securities market; identify issues, challenges, and problems; develop policy and regulatory recommendations; and broadly participate in the rulemaking process.
- Conceptualize, author, and issue briefs, reports, white papers, Op-Eds, and other documents and products for a range of audiences on key and emerging issues.
- Participate in panels and other public discussions, as well as briefings with allies, Congressional, regulatory, and Administration staff, and others.
- Collaborate with the communications team and engage with reporters and the media on areas of expertise as appropriate.
- Support development and fundraising efforts and activities.
- Bachelor’s degree, ideally with a focus in finance, business administration, economics, or a related field. JD or other advanced degree preferred.
A minimum of 7 years of experience in the financial services industry, at financial regulatory agencies, and/or in a related financial arena.
- In-depth knowledge of the securities laws and rules as well as the Dodd-Frank Act necessary and familiarity with ESG/climate, racial justice, and poverty issues is desirable.
- Extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Track record of taking initiative, working independently, seeing and seizing opportunities as well as working with allied organizations and collaborators.
A commitment to being a team player and working in and fostering a collegial work environment.
- Superior organizational skills, including the ability to work effectively and collegially under tight deadlines and pressure while handling multiple projects simultaneously and being nimble and flexible in prioritizing and managing an often substantial workflow.
- Working at a nonprofit, an advocacy organization, and with fundraisers or development professionals is also a plus.
- A great sense of humor and a passion for the public interest is essential.
The salary range for this position is $200,000-$300,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including no monthly contribution health insurance (dental and vision included), 401K with 5% annual employer contribution, and tax-deferred flexible spending accounts.
Please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Better Markets is an equal-opportunity employer.
Downtown, Washington, DC and is conveniently close to Red, Blue, Silver, and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West. We are currently working in a hybrid environment.