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Board Counsel

Company: Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

It's rewarding to work for a mission-driven organization! Join us at the forefront of investor protection.

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description

The PCAOB has a full time position for a Board Counsel at its Washington, DC headquarters in support of one of the Board Members. The Board Counsel advises the Board Member on matters that come before the Board. The Board Counsel will work on a wide variety of projects as assigned by the Board Member. The Board Counsel will coordinate the activities of the office of the Board Member including research and analysis, and communications. This role requires a professional candidate with advanced skills in writing and research who is willing to assume a wide range of responsibilities and be able to work both independently and in a team environment.

This role requires a seasoned candidate that strives in a creative, professional environment and exhibits the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others while maintaining the strictest confidence. The Board Counsel is an at-will employee whose term of employment is tied to the Board Member's term of service.


  • Review, analyze and advise the Board Member on all matters that come before the Board for decision, including; proposed auditing standards; enforcement matters presented to the Board for action or on appeal; proposed inspection reports, and other public reports and guidance regarding PCAOB activities and recommendations regarding international collaboration.
  • Provides policy advice to assist the Board Member in the development of positions.
  • Collaborates with PCAOB Staff, international colleagues and audit firm representatives in support of the Board Member leadership and working group roles within in the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators.
  • Monitor and research select topics and media coverage related to the mission of the PCAOB (e.g. international audit oversight, audit related public policy, etc.).
  • Determines best practices and determines how to improve internal processes.
  • Prepare written documents that contain sophisticated analyses and discussions of competing policy necessary for informed judgment on the issues before the Board.
  • Keep abreast of SEC, industry and other self regulator organization initiatives, and develop and maintain strong working relationships with SEC staff and other regulators.
  • Create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders.
  • Compose and edit correspondence, speeches, reports, and external publications dealing with issues or subject matters affecting the PCAOB in ways that require considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment, and negotiation.
  • Attend and speak at conferences and meetings on areas of subject matter expertise.
  • Plan and coordinate logistics and communications for conferences and events.


Education/Technical Expertise

  • A Bachelor's degree, and law degree from an accredited law school, admission to a bar, and substantial relevant legal experience;
  • Minimum of 15+ years prior relevant experience.
  • Superior technical abilities, regulatory knowledge, and verbal communications skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a clear, concise, and accessible manner;
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity;
  • Public Policy and or regulatory experience preferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook applications;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management, co-workers and external parties;
  • General knowledge and/or interest in public auditing/accounting;
  • Detail oriented with solid time-management, organization, and prioritization skills;
  • Professional demeanor, ability to handle confidential matters with professionalism and discretion; and
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to juggle priorities, work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and be flexible;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and excellent judgement.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Keywords: Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Washington DC , Board Counsel, Other , Washington, DC

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