National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Deputy General Counsel

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Performs varied professional legal work with emphasis on the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) and the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA); analyzes Board of Retirement policies, regulations and guidelines to ensure compliance with applicable statutes; makes recommendations and advises senior level staff on both day-to-day and emerging issues specific to retirement; prepares a diverse range of legal documents such as pleadings, motions, opinions and contracts; and performs related work as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives direction from the General Counsel.  Exercises supervision over legal staff.
Class Characteristics
The Deputy General Counsel is a single level incumbent position responsible for providing assistance to the General Counsel on retirement matters. The Deputy General Counsel provides advice to CCCERA executives and managers on CERL and PEPRA and other pension related issues. A high degree of integrity, confidentiality, diplomacy, flexibility, and interest in all facets of retirement law application are required. 


Examples of Typical Job Functions



(Illustrative Only)

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Performs legal research and prepares a diverse range of legal documents in support of CCCERA operations including pleadings, motions, judgments, contracts, resolutions, opinions and other documents.
  • Reviews policies, procedures and documents prepared by CCCERA management and others; provides legal advice on content and recommends changes as needed.
  • Provides legal advice during public and closed sessions of the Board of Retirement regarding Board governance, Fair Political Practices Commission, conflict of interest reporting requirements, and the Ralph M. Brown Act Open Public Meeting laws.
  • Analyzes state and federal legislation or regulatory changes which may impact CCCERA; provides opinions on the ramifications of new legislation and makes recommendations on CCCERA's position with respect to these matters; provides legal assistance in drafting legislation sponsored by CCCERA.
  • Provides legal advice on more complex retirement benefit matters such as disability law, qualified domestic relations orders, community property, and those involving aspects of family law and probate.
  • Responds to public records requests and subpoenas and provides legal advice on which documents should be released for compliance with requests.
  • Serves as a resource for human resources related matters including policy development, EEO, discrimination or ADA complaints; reviews documentation to identify issues; recommends course of action; reviews and advises on documentation prepared for resolution of issues.
  • Represents CCCERA before boards, grand jury hearings, appeal hearings, administrative hearings, courts or other authorized bodies adjudicating legal matters.
  • Stays current on legal issues relative to retirement system operations requirements.
  • Responds to and resolves sensitive and complex legal inquiries and issues.
  • Performs related work as required.
Position: Deputy General Counsel
Organization: Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association
Location: Concord,  CA 
United States
Salary: $16,337.00 - $19,858.00 Monthly
Posting Start Date: 2/23/2023
Date Posted: 2/23/2023



Knowledge of:

  • Public sector retirement system operations and services.
  • Role and authority of the Board of Retirement, Chief Executive Officer and others responsible for policy and management related actions within a retirement agency.
  • Provisions of the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013, the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act and other laws governing the operations of a public employee retirement system.
  • Principles and practices of civil, constitutional and administrative law, and recent court cases, rulings and judgments related to retirement or employment operations.
  • The legislative process with respect to the introduction, review and comment on proposed legislation.
  • Sources, principles and practices of legal research.
  • Rules of evidence, civil discovery rules, and the conduct of writ and appeal proceedings.
  • Provisions of law and rules of procedure governing the conduct of hearings before administrative bodies.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing and presenting legal documents such as pleadings, motions, opinions, and contracts.
  • Modern office practices and methods including computer equipment and specialized applications relevant to the work performed.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation.
  • Federal and State laws, rules and regulations governing pension systems, retirement plan administration and accounting requirements.

Ability to:

  • Research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts, and precedents to matters of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
  • Analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments; prepare and draft clear and concise legal documents.
  • Present oral and written statements of fact, law and argument in a clear, logical and persuasive manner.
  • Represent CCCERA before multiple bodies with respect to retirement and employment related legal matters.
  • Exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential matters.
  • Organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computers and specialized software applications relevant to work performed.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Demonstrate strict confidentiality, professionalism, integrity and compliance with applicable laws and regulations at all times.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be


Graduation from an accredited school of law and five (5) years progressively responsible legal program experience to include presentation of legal arguments before administrative hearings, writ of mandate proceedings, arbitrations, mediations or other similar proceedings.


Licenses and Certifications:

Current membership in the State Bar of California; licensed to appear before Federal and State Courts in California.

Physical Demands


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds with the proper use of equipment.


Environmental Elements


Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. 

Disaster Service Worker:

All Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (CCCERA) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with CCCERA requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency, therefore, employees must be residing within 200 miles of Concord, CA on scheduled work days.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

It is the policy of CCCERA to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Status: This listing expires on: 4/24/2023
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Organization Information
Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association

Concord,  CA 94520
United States
Roxana Mendoza