The Office of Municipal Securities (OMS) coordinates the SEC's municipal securities activities, advises the Commission on policy matters relating to the municipal bond market, and provides technical assistance in the development and implementation of major SEC initiatives in the municipal securities area. In addition, the Office assists the Division of Enforcement and other Offices and Divisions on a wide array of municipal securities matters.
The Office works closely with the municipal securities industry to educate state and local officials and conduit borrowers about risk management issues and to foster a thorough understanding of the Commission's rules. In addition, it reviews and processes rule filings of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and acts as the Commission's liaison with the MSRB, FINRA, and a variety of industry groups on municipal securities issues. The selectee will serve as the Director of the OMS insuring that the Office effectively and efficiently administers all aspects of its municipal securities program.
Typical Duties Include:
• Planning and managing the Commission's municipal securities regulatory program. Program-related activities include program strategic planning, workforce planning, and resource management.
• Overseeing and coordinating the implementation of the SEC's final rules on registration of municipal advisors.
• Assessing the economic impact, feasibility, practicality, and effectiveness of existing and/or proposed legislation, standards, regulations, and/or policies in order to develop, review, and/or approve high-level policies that have a broad impact on the municipal securities market.
• Formulating and recommending policy to the Chair and Commission. Coordinates the Office's activities with those of other Divisions and Offices concerning the municipal securities market.
• Directing Office staff in the formulation of views and comments regarding the Office position on pending legislation, proposed rules, and regulations concerning the municipal securities market.
• Consulting with Congressional staff, other Federal officials, State and local government officials, and private sector professionals on matters affecting municipal securities. Participates in policy briefings for agency officials. Assisting in preparation of testimony for Congressional hearings. Serving as primary representative to present the Office's views and recommendations on legal and policy matters.
• Performing the full range of supervisory duties, including evaluating employee performance; making recommendations for appointment and promotion; hearing and resolving complaints; identifying development and training needs of employees; and other related supervisory tasks.
All applicants must possess the following J.D. or LL.B. degree --AND--
Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.
SO-01: Applicant must possess at least four years of post J.D. experience as a practicing attorney that includes at least three years of specialized experience applying the federal securities laws and rules, particularly those applicable to the municipal securities markets and its participants and experience applying the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).
For more details and to apply online visit: http://go.usa.gov/xQMJw
Job Category: Attorney
The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) was established in 1979 to stimulate and expand home ownership and rental housing opportunities in Washington, D.C. Through our Multifamily Lending and Neighborhood Investments business unit, we provide financing that lowers the cost of acquiring, constructing and rehabilitating rental housing and that facilitates the creation of low and moderately priced for- sale housing. Our Single Family Programs offer DC residents competitive products that help lower the homebuyer’s cost of purchasing homes. Our financing tools are primarily funded through the issuance of taxable and tax exempt mortgage revenue bonds. We embrace our responsibility with conviction and pledge our best efforts to serve as the City's champion for renters and homeowner to act as the City’s principal catalyst for affordable housing neighborhood investment.
The District of Columbia (DC) Housing Finance Agency is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) supports the dynamic environment of the Agency and its mission by creatively solving legal problems, facilitating transactions, and providing advice and counsel to foster sound decision-making. In serving the Agency’s interests, the OGC pursues excellence in the quality of client service and maintains the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity.
The Assistant General Counsel is responsible for providing legal counsel and support services in a range of general and specialized areas that affect the policies and programs of the Agency. The legal aspects of the Agency’s operations and business decisions include; tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions, other types of multifamily and single family loans and neighborhood investments, contracts, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
ESSENTIAL DUITES & RESPONSIBILITES:
• Provide advice and support services to the, Executive Director/CEO and business units in connection with the Agency’s programs, activities and functions
• Coordinate and manage outside counsel as directed by the General Counsel
• Negotiate on behalf of the Agency on all agreements and opinions necessary to ensure that the interests of the Agency are protected
• Provide advice and support to the Secretary to the Agency’s Board of Directors, including preparing Board agendas and resolutions and taking the minutes at Board meetings
• Provide advice and guidance to the Board of Director’s and their attorney on the Agency’s statutes, regulations, and operations
• Provide guidance in the structuring, negotiation and execution of Agency loan transactions
• Review and supervise the production of transaction documents including the following: preliminary and final offering documents, indentures, resolutions, supplemental indentures, supplemental resolutions, regulatory agreements, loan agreements, financing agreements, financing and regulatory agreements, declaration of covenants, commitment letters, notes, subordinate loan documents, intercreditor agreements, deeds of trust or other mortgage instruments, financing statements, legal opinions and closing certificates.
• Review, comment and advise the Executive Director/CEO and Agency business units on amendments to the Agency’s statutes, regulations and procedural manuals and all other local and federal proposed and final laws, rules and regulations that related to the Agency and its operations
• Advise the Executive Director/CEO and the Agency’s divisions on the development and creation of new products and programs
• Assist in obtaining required local and federal government approvals
• Draft legislation related to the Agency’s authority
• Review requests for proposals (RFPs) and advertisements to ensure compliance with internal procurement guidelines and local law
• Review incoming multifamily applications on behalf of the legal department as requested by the General Counsel
• Prepare notices to the Council of the District of Columbia of Board’s approval of all Eligibility Resolutions
• Conduct TEFRA Hearings for all bond transactions; Multifamily and Single Family
• Notify Mayor and the City Council of the Agency’s intent to adopt Final Bond Resolutions for all bond transactions
• Draft and edit handbooks, guidelines, and manuals as necessary to help guide compliance with bond documents, federal laws and regulations, and Agency policies and procedures
• Review and prepare responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as needed
• Conduct legal research and draft legal memorandas as needed
• Review and draft loan and equity investment documentation as needed
• Negotiate on behalf of the Agency in agreements and provide opinions necessary to ensure that the interests of the Agency are protected
• Performs other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Juris Doctor Degree is required
• Be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction
• If not a member of District of Columbia bar, you must be sworn into the DC Bar within 365 days of your initial hire
• Seven (7) years as a practicing attorney
• Five (5+) years of experience in real estate, planning, real estate development, and finance
• Knowledge of corporate law, real estate law, tax law, finance, community development, and local and federal housing programs (including CDBG and HOME programs).
• Understanding of federal, local, municipal codes, regulations; contract law; and business entity structure
• Experience in litigation is a plus
• Must possess strong skills in legal research
• Must possess excellent communication skills; both verbal and written with the ability to make presentations and negotiate effectively
• Must be able to successfully and autonomously mange projects of a varied and complex nature
• Ability to work proactively and operate accurately and efficiently in a fast-paced environment with variable deadlines
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
• Maintain high ethical standards of integrity and quality
• Capable of performing other duties as assigned by management
The Agency offers an exciting work environment along with a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidates should apply at www.dchfa.org under the Employment Opportunities section. District of Columbia residents will be given a residency preference in the application process. Please no phone calls.
The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Category: Attorney