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In addition to the specific positions listed below, Better Markets is always looking for highly talented, deeply experienced professionals to fight for the public interest in financial reform.

OPEN POSITIONS

Better Markets is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  1. Attorney (Litigation/Regulation
  2. Director of Derivatives Policy
  3. Director of Government Relations
  4. Director of SEC Securities Policy
  5. Senior Attorney (Litigation/Regulatory

For more information, including responsibilities, qualifications and contact information, please click on the links above.

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OPEN POSITIONS

Overview:

Better Markets is a high-profile, non-partisan financial reform non-profit organization that seeks an experienced, highly engaged, and dynamic junior-level attorney. The ideal candidate will assist us in all aspects of our work, including analyzing regulatory proposals and researching and drafting comment letters, amicus briefs, reports, and related matters. In this position, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on important and interesting matters under the supervision of the Legal Director and Securities Specialist and will work with others, including the CEO (a former partner at Skadden, Arps) on a variety of projects primarily focused on financial rulemaking at the financial regulatory agencies.

Better Markets promotes the public interest in the financial and economic systems in the U.S. and globally. With the goal of promoting the economic security, opportunity, and prosperity of the American people, we advocate for transparency, accountability, and oversight in the financial markets through a variety of activities. Following a comprehensive, substantive approach (guided by our Arc of AdvocacyTM), we engage throughout the entire rulemaking process, from filing comment letters on proposed rules to participating in litigation involving challenges to final rules. We also prepare in-depth research reports, engage in public education and activation, and pursue advocacy through all media channels.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct legal research relating to securities, commodities, and banking law; administrative law, particularly the Administrative Procedure Act; appellate practice and amicus participation; legislative history; and other topics;
  • Conduct general research relating to regulation focused on financial regulation;
  • Draft comment letters, legal briefs, motions, fact sheets, and reports;
  • Monitor court dockets and digest and organize court filings;
  • Proofread, Shepardize, cite-check, and file documents;
  • Monitor financial developments in the regulatory, congressional, and executive arenas; and
  • Perform other tasks in support of our mission as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree, with at least 1-3 years of experience;
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency in use of Westlaw, CourtLink, PACER, Word, and Excel;
  • A basic understanding of securities, commodities, banking, and regulatory law;
  • A strong work ethic and high standards;
  • An ability to work cooperatively with others in a small team environment;
  • Familiarity with financial regulation is a plus;
  • Experience in appellate advocacy or on a law review or similar publishing or editing experience is desirable; and
  • A good sense of humor and a passion for the public interest is essential.

Salary & Benefits:

Competitive salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including no monthly contribution health insurance (dental and vision included), 401K with 5% annual employer contribution, tax-deferred flexible spending accounts, phone allowance, commuter benefits, and paid membership to the in-building fitness center.

Please send your resume and cover letter to resumes@bettermarkets.org.

Better Markets is an equal opportunity employer.

Location:

A remote option for exemplary candidates in other locations will be considered. Our main office is located in Downtown, Washington, D.C., and is conveniently close to the Red, Blue, Silver, and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West.  (Currently, we are mostly working remotely until COVID-related limitations permit an appropriate return to our offices.)

Start Date:

ASAP

Better Markets is a high-profile financial reform non-profit organization that seeks a Director of Derivatives Policy to lead our work regarding derivatives and commodities across the policymaking process, with a focus on the CFTC. That includes acting throughout the rulemaking process (which often includes Congress and litigation), performing research, formulating policy recommendations, authoring original materials, and engaging with regulators, policymakers, and industry on issues related to the derivatives market, derivatives regulation, and financial stability.

Given the importance of derivatives and commodities to the well-being of all Americans, this is an exciting opportunity to lead the fight for ensuring finance supports the real economy and jobs while promoting competition and fair dealing. Done right, this will help with capital formation and allocation as well as broader wealth creation and, ideally, reducing inequality and poverty. 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 Main Street American families, workers, investors, and consumers.

The ideal candidate will be a senior and highly motivated professional with significant experience in derivatives trading, analytics, and/or regulation. An in-depth knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related rulemakings is highly desirable, along with a strong understanding of financial markets more generally.

Responsibilities:

  • Closely monitor activities at the CFTC, SEC, Treasury, and other agencies involved in derivatives regulation and rulemakings, as well as developments in the industry.
  • Perform detailed analyses related to the derivatives market, identify problems or potential problems, and develop policy and regulatory recommendations accordingly.
  • Conceptualize and author comment letters, issue briefs, reports, and other products for a range of audiences.
  • Participate in panels and other public discussions, as well as briefings with Congressional, regulatory, and Administration staff.
  • Engage with reporters and the media on areas of expertise as appropriate.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, business administration, economics, or a related field. Advanced degree desirable.
  • At least three to five years of experience at the CFTC or analyzing policy issues and/or rulemakings relating to derivatives, preferably with 8 or more years of relevant experience overall.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive, self-directed work style.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong team ethic.
  • A good sense of humor!

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Better Markets is a leading non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization in Washington DC fighting for a financial system that supports the real productive economy, jobs, and growth.  It was founded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to promote the public interest in the financial markets, support the financial reform of Wall Street, and make our financial system work for all Americans again.  We pursue these goals through a variety of advocacy and activities, including throughout the rulemaking process at all the financial regulators, in-depth research reports, litigation in the federal courts, and through all mainstream and social media channels.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $250,000-$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, tax-deferred flexible spending accounts, phone allowance, and commuter benefits, and paid membership to the in-building fitness center.

LOCATION

Downtown, Washington, DC conveniently close to Red, Blue, Silver and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West. (Currently under remote work until DC government and local health officials have determined employees may safely return to their physical work sites.)

TO APPLY

Please send your resume and cover letter to resumes@bettermarkets.org

Better Markets is an equal opportunity employer.

Better Markets is a high-profile, non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2010 that seeks a Director of Government Relations to promote Better Markets and its work on Capitol Hill and with other organizations.  Its mission is to fight for social justice in the economic and financial policymaking throughout Washington, with a focus on the financial system, financial reform, and financial stability.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of Capitol Hill and enjoy working with Congressional members and staff on high-profile, cutting edge and consequential issues that impact all Americans, their quality of life and the availability of the American Dream. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, proactive, creative, articulate and highly motivated professional who can work independently as well as with other staff members. This position reports to the President and CEO.

Better Markets promotes the public interest in the financial and economic systems in the U.S. and globally. With the goal of promoting the economic security, opportunity, and prosperity of the American people, we advocate for transparency, accountability, and oversight in the financial markets through a variety of activities. Following a comprehensive, substantive approach (guided by our Arc of AdvocacyTM), we engage throughout the entire rulemaking process, from filing comment letters on proposed rules to participating in litigation involving challenges to final rules. We also prepare in-depth research reports, engage in public education and activation, and pursue advocacy through all media channels.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Congressional members and staff on all topics and issues related in any way to Better Markets, its work and mission;
  • Cultivate, build and maintain relationships with all Congressional members and staff who have jurisdiction over or are interested in Better Markets’ work and mission;
  • Strategically promote Better Markets and its work while tracking, researching and analyzing legislative proposals to determine their impact on the financial system, the economy, and Americans’ lives, and provide timely and actionable updates and recommendations;
  • Follow all developments in Congress, including attending key committee hearings in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, working with Congressional staff in committees/personal offices to ensure the organization’s perspective is considered and its work is timely, relevant and impactful, and help position the organization to be ahead of the curve with ongoing activities in Congress on financial and economic matters;
  • Entrepreneurially seek ways to ensure that Better Markets and the organization’s perspective and work on financial and economic issues are front-of-mind for key Congressional stakeholders and allied organizations in the financial reform space;
  • Assist in developing high-quality analysis, briefing materials, fact sheets, op/eds, testimony, and other materials to support our policy priorities, and disseminating those materials to Congressional offices and other stakeholders to shape the debate and ensure the organization’s perspective is known; and
  • Prepare regular reports and updates on Congressional activity in our areas of interest, with recommendations for capitalizing on opportunities as they arise.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA degree, with 4 or more years of experience in a Congressional office, or related area;
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Working knowledge of key issues before the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee
  • A commitment to working for the public interest, a strong work ethic, initiative, and alertness to opportunities to proactively advance our agenda; and
  • An ability to work cooperatively with others in a small team environment while also being able to work independently.

LOCATION

Downtown, Washington, D.C. and is conveniently close to Red, Blue, Silver, and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West. (Currently, we are mostly working remotely until COVID-related limitations permit an appropriate return to our offices.)

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary range is between $130,00 – $160,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including no monthly contribution health insurance (dental and vision included), 401K with 5% annual employer contribution, tax-deferred flexible spending accounts, phone allowance, commuter benefits, and paid membership to the in-building fitness center.

START DATE

ASAP

Overview:

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.

Responsibilities:

Working collaboratively and strategically with our team of mission-driven experts in derivatives, commodities, banking, and other key subjects, our SEC/Securities Counsel/Policy Advisor 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, 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 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.

Salary:

The salary range for this position is $200,000-$250,000 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 resumes@bettermarkets.org.

Better Markets is an equal opportunity employer.

Location:

Downtown, Washington, DC is conveniently close to Red, Blue, Silver and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West. (Currently under remote work until DC government and local health officials have determined employees may safely return.

Start Date:

TBD

Overview:

Better Markets is a high-profile, non-partisan financial reform non-profit organization that seeks an experienced, highly engaged, and dynamic senior attorney.  The ideal candidate will assist us in all aspects of our work, including analyzing regulatory proposals and researching and drafting comment letters, amicus briefs, reports, and related matters. In this position, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on important and interesting matters under the supervision of the Legal Director and Securities Specialist and will work with others, including the CEO (a former partner at Skadden, Arps) on a variety of projects primarily focused on financial rulemaking at the financial regulatory agencies.

Better Markets promotes the public interest in the financial and economic systems in the U.S. and globally. With the goal of promoting the economic security, opportunity, and prosperity of the American people, we advocate for transparency, accountability, and oversight in the financial markets through a variety of activities. Following a comprehensive, substantive approach (guided by our Arc of AdvocacyTM), we engage throughout the entire rulemaking process, from filing comment letters on proposed rules to participating in litigation involving challenges to final rules. We also prepare in-depth research reports, engage in public education and activation, and pursue advocacy through all media channels.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct legal research relating to securities, commodities, and banking law; administrative law, particularly the Administrative Procedure Act; appellate practice and amicus participation; legislative history; and other topics;
  • Conduct general research relating to regulation focused on financial regulation;
  • Draft comment letters, legal briefs, motions, fact sheets, and reports;
  • Assist in coordinating the work of junior attorneys in collaboration with the team;
  • Monitor court dockets and digest and organize court filings;
  • Proofread, Shepardize, cite-check, and file documents;
  • Monitor financial developments in the regulatory, congressional, and executive arenas; and
  • Perform other tasks in support of our mission as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree, with at least 4/5+ years of experience;
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency in use of Westlaw, CourtLink, PACER, Word, and Excel;
  • A basic understanding of securities, commodities, banking, and regulatory law;
  • A strong work ethic and high standards;
  • An ability to work cooperatively with others in a small team environment;
  • Familiarity with financial regulation a plus;
  • Experience in appellate advocacy or on a law review or similar publishing or editing experience is desirable; and
  • A good sense of humor and a passion for the public interest is essential.

Salary and Benefits:

A competitive salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package includes no monthly contribution health insurance (dental and vision included), 401K with 5% annual employer contribution, tax-deferred flexible spending accounts, phone allowance, commuter benefits, and paid membership to the in-building fitness center.

Please send your resume and cover letter to resumes@bettermarkets.org.

Better Markets is an equal opportunity employer.

Location:

A permanent remote option is available for exemplary candidates. Our main office is located in downtown Washington, D.C., and is conveniently close to Red, Blue, Silver, and Orange line stations at Farragut North and Farragut West. We are currently under remote work until the D.C. government and local health officials have determined employees may safely return.

Start Date:

ASAP

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