Economist - Office of Chief Economist

    • Washington, DC

The primary duties of this position are to engage in statistical, econometric and financial analysis projects to evaluate the risks, costs and impacts of market practice and regulatory alternatives in support a variety of departments across FINRA.

Essential Job Functions:

  • The Economist in this position will work closely with various offices across FINRA that have statistical and economic needs.
  • The Economist filling this position will be responsible for working on and completing other projects as needed.
  • The Economist will be responsible for working on a variety of projects.
  • Work closely with subject matter experts, analyze and evaluate (on a quantitative and qualitative basis) the effectiveness of market and regulatory programs and operations.
  • Gather, develop and synthesize data about securities markets and market participants to determine the efficacy and efficiency of current or projected projects and programs.
  • In consultation with senior economists, will develop methodologies to provide calculations and analysis of relevant statistics for economic impact assessment.
  • Prepare analyses, charts, graphs, reports and briefing materials and present findings to senior leaders across FINRA.
  • Manage and maintain the book of work for regulatory activities under development across FINRA.
  • Model and analyze data to provide solutions and answers in a variety of engagements.
  • Work with middle and senior managers across the organization to assess their needs for economic analysis and design programs to meet them.
  • Conduct research in support of FINRA’s mission.
  • Exercise independent judgment in developing models to determine and track member firm and market behavior.
  • Write and publish reports on various economic and financial topics.
  • Represent the Office of the Chief Economist in internal and industry-wide conferences, seminars, presentations.
  • Publish research results for industry and public review.


Education/Experience Responsibilities:
  • Master’s degree in economics, finance, statistics or a similar degree; PhD preferred.
  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in econometric modeling, statistical analysis, data collection and manipulation, programming and writing reports.
  • A minimum of 3 â€" 4 years of direct experience is required.
  • The candidate must be comfortable working with a variety of people with varying skill and knowledge levels.
  • The candidate must also be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
  • The candidate must have the ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • We are seeking a self-starter who is comfortable working independently.


Work Conditions:
  • Regular office conditions; some travel may be required.


To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

Important Information

FINRA’s Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees’ investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code’s investment and securities account restrictions, and new employees must comply with those investment restrictionsâ€"including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA’s Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice Presidentâ€"by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.

You can read more about these restrictions here.

As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA’s Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company’s policy on nepotism.

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FINRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal state or local laws as appropriate, or upon the protected status of the person’s relatives, friends or associates.

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