National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Senior Benefits Staff Counsel, LACERA
LACERA is pleased to announce the Resume Canvass for Senior Benefits Staff Counsel as conducted by Major, Lindsey, & Africa.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) administers and manages the $70 billion retirement fund for the County of Los Angeles. We provide retirement, dis­ability, and death benefits to eligible County employees and their beneficiaries, and collect, deposit, invest, and manage retirement funds collected from the County, outside districts, and County employees. LACERA is the largest county retirement association in the United States with over 184,000 members. Our member­ship is comprised of individuals from a diverse range of careers, age groups, and ethnicities.

$181,224.00 - $274,297.20

The Senior Benefits Staff Counsel position reports to LACERA’s Chief Counsel. The role of Senior Staff Counsel includes:
  • Provides legal support to the Board of Retirement and Board of Investments, the Executive Office, the Member Operations Group, and other LACERA Divisions as needed on a wide range of benefits matters, including benefits eligibility (other than disability), the interpretation and application of the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL), the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Law of 2013 (PEPRA), and other relevant state and federal laws.
  • Works closely with Chief Counsel on complex and sensitive benefits, ethical and fiduciary matters and advises senior leadership on significant and challenging benefits legal issues.
  • Prepares memos and presents to the Board of Retirement for action or counseling on benefits issues and topics in open and closed session.
  • Advises staff and the Board of Retirement in connection with administrative appeals filed by members on benefits issues.
  • Processes domestic relations orders submitted by members in connection with the split of pension rights and related issues, including guardianship, and conservatorship, and reviewing Powers of Attorney.
  • Supervises the activities of subordinate staff counsel and legal staff on benefits issues.
  • Provides legal support to the Boards and Committees at meetings in the absence of Chief Counsel
The ideal candidate will satisfy the position’s requirements and possess the following desirable qualifications:
  •  Demonstrated experience providing legal advice regarding legal issues associated with the provision of benefits.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee a benefits legal team.Demonstrated experience drafting opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations, and legislation. 
  •  Knowledge of: Legal principles and precedents, as it relates to benefits, guardianship, dissolution, conservator­ship, power of attorney, constitutional, civil, administrative laws and procedures; laws affecting public pension plans; retirement, retiree health care, and/or disability benefits; probate law; family law, and the provision of legal advice to government officials; computerized legal research tools such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw; principles and practices of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; customer service skills; principals and appli­cations of the Microsoft
  • Office Applications including Word and Excel.
  • Ability to: Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, and maintain effective relationships with the public, the Boards, Executive Leadership and Staff; conduct research using computerized legal research tools such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw; understand and follow oral and written directions; provide oversight and leader­ship of a benefits team; work with minimum supervision; and plan and organize their work and the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff internally and externally. 
For further information please see attached brochure:
Senior Benefits Staff Counsel

How to Submit Your Interest

If you wish to be considered for the position, please submit your resume along with a letter of interest which details your experience.

Submit your resume and cover letter to:
Merle Vaughn

Major, Lindsey & Africa


Position: Senior Benefits Staff Counsel, LACERA
Organization: LACERA
Location: Pasadena,  CA 
United States
Salary: $181,224.00 - $274,297.20
Posting Start Date: 5/23/2023
Date Posted: 5/23/2023
One (1) year of experience as Staff Counsel, LACERA
                                    - OR -
Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of public agency, public retirement law, or employment law.
Admission to practice law in all courts of California.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/22/2023
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Pasadena,  CA 91101
United States
Sharon Norton