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The Retirement Team is a collaborative group of five 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, 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 serves as general counsel to the Retirement Board and SFERS. Two 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 attorney to represent SFERS in disability benefits cases. The primary responsibilities of the attorney would be preparing and arguing disability retirement applications in administrative hearing, and defending those administrative decisions in court, although the position may include other duties as assigned related to the Retirement Board and SFERS legal representation and advice.
Skills and Competencies
• Licensed to practice law in California.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
• 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 or related litigation.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] 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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