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News September 25, 2006 Issue

SEC Looking for New Head of Office of Investment Adviser Regulation

Lawyers, if you’ve always wanted to try public service, here’s a great opportunity: The SEC is looking for someone to run the Division of Investment Management’s Office of Investment Adviser Regulation.

The agency last week posted a vacancy announcement for an assistant director to head the office. The position reports to associate director Robert Plaze. The job pays anywhere between $140,980 to $180,619.

The posting is open to applicants within the SEC as well as those from the industry. We’re told that there is no "preordained" candidate and that the agency is hoping to receive applications from a variety of senior, experienced professionals.

Think about it: You’ll have a chance to work on rulemakings, exemptive applications, IARD-related projects, and even legislation, if it comes up. Heck, the way things have been going, you might even end up with some litigation experience, to boot!

The assistant director also is responsible for administrative and human resource matters for the office’s staff of six attorneys and a branch chief. Jennifer Sawin, who currently holds the position, will be moving to another senior position within the Division.