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Career Opportunities

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) seeks talented, qualified individuals interested in working in an agency with a mission to serve the public and regulate the financial services industries. DFI employs approximately 100 people in highly skilled positions, many of whom are examiners. More than half of DFI’s staff works in the field, traveling to financial institutions to conduct examinations and/or investigations.

Division of Depository Institutions

Staff examines banks, holding companies, trust companies and credit unions. Often working in teams, examiners review and analyze information including management structure, loan portfolios, operations and more.

Division of Non-Depository Institutions

Staff examines mortgage loan brokers and companies, small loan companies, payday lenders, industrial loan companies and money transmitters. Working individually or in small groups, they evaluate company policies, practices and compliance with statutes. Some examiners take complaints and conduct investigations. Other staff processes applications and renewals.

Division of Securities

Securities examiners review applications, register securities offerings, and register, examine and/or investigate securities broker-dealers and their agents, investment advisers and others.

Education Requirements

Examiner positions generally require a bachelor’s degree in one of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance or
  • A related field of study

A juris doctorate degree or experience as an examiner and/or within the industry may substitute for the required education.

Examiner positions higher than entry level also may require experience, but a master’s degree in a related field of study may substitute for a portion of the time.

Other Positions

DFI also utilizes a highly skilled administrative, secretarial and technical support staff. DFI employs managers, attorneys, administrative and fiscal specialists, human resources specialists and technology staff.

Top Five Reasons to Work at DFI:

1. DFI employees make a difference by protecting the public and enhancing the safety and soundness of Kentucky’s financial institutions.
2. DFI offers flexible work schedules and leave time.
3. Employees receive education, training and opportunities for promotions and certifications.
4. DFI hires great people who are hard-working professionals and managers who care.
5. DFI jobs offer variety in task assignments, and creativity is encouraged.

Answers provided and ranked according to an informal survey of DFI employees.

How to Apply

To apply, use the Personnel Cabinet’s online employment system, the Career Opportunities System (COS). To search for job openings, visit the Personnel Cabinet website and click on “Find a Job,” then “Search Jobs.”

To apply for job postings, you must create a COS account online. Once you have an account, log in to access your profile and use job seeker tools, such as instant email notification about vacancies of interest.