National Association of State Retirement Administrators


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Senior Counsel
ABOUT THE D.C. RETIREMENT BOARD:
The District of Columbia Retirement Board (DCRB) is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government. Our mission is to manage and control the assets of the D.C. Police Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Fund and the D.C. Teachers' Retirement Fund as well as to administer benefits for the members of the of the D.C. Police Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Plan and the D.C. Teachers' Retirement Plan.

POSITION SUMMARY:
Provides legal support to DCRB departments and staff in all DCRB related matters. Ensures legal compliance with all governing authorities impacting agency operations, Board governance, benefits administration, and investment management.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  1. Analyzes, evaluates, and implements federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals.
  2. Interacts and coordinates with staff, stakeholders, and attorneys, as necessary, on legal matters impacting agency operations, as well as on issues involving retirement plan statutes and tax qualification matters, benefit claims, investments, and litigation.
  3. Reviews legal issues, matters, and risks of departmental operations, and provides assistance, advice, and solutions, as needed.
  4. Drafts legislative initiatives, Plan amendments, regulations, guidance, agency testimony, and reports, as well as other policy statements and contracts.
  5. Provides in-depth analysis of Congressional and District Council legislative initiatives that may affect the agency’s operations, benefits administration, and investments; determines the resulting effect on the agency’s existing programs, policies, and procedures.
  6. Prepares and makes presentations to executive management and staff on agency issues, as needed. 
FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:
  • Advanced knowledge of the relevant legal principles and their application, as well as legal research methods.
  • Knowledge of the District of Columbia/state, municipal or county code and regulations (preferred, but not required) as it pertains to the Board’s operations and administration of benefits.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in pension plan governance and administration.
  • Knowledge of employee benefits, including ERISA, securities, and contract law.
  • Advanced knowledge of government contracts procedures, procurement, and administrative law, as well as the legislative process.
Position: Senior Counsel
Organization: DC Retirement Board
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $130,114 - $215,422 (Grade 11) DOQ
Posting Start Date: 3/15/2022
Date Posted: 9/2/2022
Requirements REQUIRED EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
  • Juris Doctor required from an accredited law school.
  • Must be admitted and qualified as a member in good standing of a state bar and willing to register with the Bar of the District of Columbia.
JOB EXPERIENCE (Years & Type):
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in some or all of benefits administration, pension benefit-processing, litigation matters, employment law, project management, contracts, procurement, and/or legal operations.
  • Preference for (but not required) management and supervisory experience, preferably in the administration of public pension plans.
COMPENSATION LEVEL:  DCRB Grade 11

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed by an employee in this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all tasks, duties, and qualifications of an employee assigned to this job. The employee may be asked to perform other duties as assigned.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:
If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
DCRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/1/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
DC Retirement Board
Address:
900 7th Street NW
2nd Floor
Washington,  DC 20001
United States
Email:
dcrb.vacancies@dc.gov
Phone:
(202) 343-3292
Fax:
(202) 343-3302
Contact:
DCRB Human Resources