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Position Summary
The Retirement Team is a collaborative group of six attorneys and a legal secretary. The team counsels the Retirement Board and the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), which administers, manages, and operates the City’s retirement plans; this work includes investing system assets, approving or denying disability benefit determinations, and disbursing benefits. SFERS serves approximately 75,000 members and beneficiaries and has approximately $35 billion in assets. The Retirement Board also administers the San Francisco Deferred Compensation Plan (SFDCP), which has over 31,000 participants and approximately $4.5 billion in assets. The Retirement Team’s work covers a broad array of municipal issues that impact the Retirement Board and SFERS, including matters related to pension benefits, SFERS’s investments portfolio, and the SFDCP. The Team also represents SFERS in administrative hearings on industrial and ordinary disability retirement applications involving employees of the CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY,  the Community College District, and the School District before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and may defend those administrative decisions in court.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Team’s lead attorney acts as general counsel to the Retirement Board and SFERS. Three attorneys provide investment advice and assist with investment transactions. Two attorneys manage and present disability benefit cases, and one of those attorney’s workload is divided between disability benefits cases and benefits advice. We are seeking an additional attorney whose workload would consist of disability benefits cases and benefits advice, but with a greater measure of time spent on disability benefits cases. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties to be assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.
• Preparing and arguing disability retirement applications in administrative hearing, and defending those administrative decisions in court.
• Advising on public agency benefits laws and rules, including matters such as workers’ compensation double recovery offset, application of the Gilmore rule, death benefits issues (beneficiary designations, competing surviving spouses’ claims, and estate documents required to receive decedents assets), service credits, guardianship and conservatorship. Advice includes counseling on family law codes as to dissolution and survivorship rights and on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and probate codes as to powers of attorney and death benefit issues.
• Responding to subpoenas for benefits information.
Skills and Competencies
• Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
• Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
• Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active caseload of administrative matters, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
• Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
• Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
• Four or more years of experience with disability benefits hearings and litigation and advising on public benefits issues.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
• Licensed to practice law in California.
How to Apply 
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter here  and specify that you are applying for the Retirement Team position. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least two references and at least one writing sample.
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