Attorney 1 (PSERS)
Commonwealth of PA
Dauphin County, PA
The Public School Employees' Retirement Board (PSERS "Board"), is seeking an Attorney to serve in the Office of Chief Counsel. The Assistant Counsel must have the ability to recognize legal issues in a vast variety of transactions and occurrences, enabling the Board to provide benefits to its members in compliance with legislation, other laws and regulations, and contractual obligations. PSERS offers a good working environment that values integrity, teamwork, trust, respect and continuous improvement. Apply today to become a part of the PSERS' team!
A. Serve as legal counsel to the Public School Employees' Retirement Board.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, represent and advocate the System's or Plan's position at Administrative Hearings before Hearing Examiners; identify and prepare Staff and outside witnesses for testimony; identify and prepare documentary evidence for submission as exhibits.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, conduct direct and cross examination of witnesses and present oral argument; prepare legal brief in support of the System's or Plan's position; prepare brief supporting or opposing Exceptions to the Hearing Examiner's Recommendation.
• In addition to doing necessary research, have a thorough understanding of Pennsylvania state and federal law as it affects the System and Plan, and all of the legal issues affecting the System and Plan, including all areas of defined contribution and tax qualification requirements as directed.
• Participate in developing and reviewing a plan document, participant notices, and operational processes and procedures for the Plan, as may be requested.
• Assistant Counsel may interact directly with Board members, Executive Directors, Department Heads, and Staff to explain legal issues and provide concise and accurate legal advice, as may be requested.
• Review opinions of Hearing Examiners issued after administrative hearings; assist in presenting Hearing Examiners' recommendations to the Board as requested; and prepare written opinions in accordance with Board's decisions.
• When a decision of the Board is challenged in the Appellate Courts, prepare the brief in support of the Board position for review by the Court; and, under the supervision of higher level attorneys, represent and advocate the position of the Board in oral argument before the Court.
• Assist in the drafting, reviewing, examining, inspecting, modifying, and approval of legal documents to be executed by or accepted on behalf of the Board, the System, and the Plan.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, prosecute and defend litigation filed by or against the Board, System, and the Plan, in accordance with the Commonwealth Attorney's Act.
• Attend board meetings, staff meetings and committee meetings to keep abreast of activities of the client.
• Assist in the supervision of the activities of law firms hired to represent the System or the Plan in state and federal court litigation.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review and respond to bankruptcy matters.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review matters involving trademark and copyright infringement of the System's or Plan's name and work product.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review and respond to Right to Know Law requests, subpoena requests, and record retention matters.
• Assist in researching, drafting, reviewing and providing legal opinions.
B. Benefits administration issues.
• Assist in the review and approval of legal documents submitted in connection with the administration of the System and the Plan.
• Assist in the review and approval of powers of attorney and court orders for the appointment of guardians of incompetents' estates.
• Provide general legal advice in the form of written legal opinions on a wide variety of issues to assist in the daily administration of the System and the Plan, and assist in implementation of the policy or directive promulgated by the opinion.
• Research, interpret, and apply laws, court decisions, and other legal authorities in preparation of briefs, pleadings, and other legal papers; draft written and oral opinions to the Board and Administrative Staff on benefits administration matters.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review and handle the collection of overpayments and assist in referring such matters to the Office of the Attorney General.
• Act as liaison for civil and criminal litigation referred to the Attorney General.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, assist Staff in the review and implementation of domestic relations orders.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review cases to determine the applicability of Pennsylvania's Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act and make recommendations regarding the same.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, review alternate retirement plans for charter schools and a charter school's application for enrollment into PSERS.
C. Legislative issues.
• Assist with drafting, reviewing, and researching proposed regulations and legislation affecting the Retirement Funds and Board administration.
• Assist in the preparation of materials pertaining to proposed legislation.
D. Human Resource issues.
• Advise Staff on a variety of employment issues such as workers' compensation, termination of employment, harassment claims, workplace safety, discrimination, leaves of absence, unemployment compensation, workplace accommodations, and hiring.
• Under the supervision of higher level attorneys, represent the System and the Plan in lawsuits involving the workplace in accordance with the Commonwealth Attorney's Act.
Graduation from an accredited school of law and certificate of admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania;
Completion of all preparatory steps and application to become a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
POST EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT:
Applicants must be certified for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and must maintain membership on a continuous basis during employment.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.
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