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Attorney 3
Are you seeking a challenging and meaningful attorney position with a focus on business and contracting?  We are looking for an attorney to serve as Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement Board (“Board”).  

Assistant Counsel is responsible for performing professional legal work, which ranges from moderately complex to complex legal matters in which the Board, the Public-School Employees’ Retirement System (“PSERS”), the Health Options Program (“HOP”) and the School Employees’ Defined Contribution Plan (“Plan”) ( become involved in areas including, but not limited to, business and contracting.  

A successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be able to demonstrate: (1) experience with, and a strong interest in, business and contracting; (2) a familiarity with, or an interest in developing, expertise in the laws and regulations applicable to the Board, PSERS, HOP and the Plan; (3) excellent legal research and writing skills; (4) attention to detail and the ability to identify, analyze, and provide recommendations on legal issues on a wide range of topics; (5) exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including a capability to facilitate and participate in both remote and in-person discussions; (6) the ability to manage a contract load and various other assignments, simultaneously; and (7) the ability to work independently and to work collaboratively within the legal office and with the clients.

PSERS is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a mid-size city situated along the Susquehanna River. The Harrisburg area is affordable and near many attractions including Hershey, and it is only two hours from major cities and airports like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.



This position is responsible for non-supervisory professional legal work. Counsel works on complex matters under supervision. Utilizing knowledge of applicable law, Commonwealth policies, client policies and requirements, counsel independently identifies and resolves legal issues and coordinates with staff on the resolution of business issues that arise in the course of PSERS’ investment and agency administration activities. Counsel maintains communications with client staff, senior management and counsel’s supervisor with respect to developments of concern to each and on the handling of new, significant and/or sensitive issues.

Additional details regarding the duties of this position may be found in the position description.

Work Schedule and Additional Information: 

  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, with 60-minute lunch.
  • Telework: Assistant Counsel must maintain permanent Pennsylvania residency, for which PSERS will not pay for relocation, housing, or travel expenses if you are selected.  Teleworking from within Pennsylvania is currently optional, with a need for Assistant Counsel to report to the office as operationally necessary or as determined by the Chief Counsel or Deputy Chief Counsel.  When not teleworking, the Assistant Counsel’s worksite is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  If requesting to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection at your telework location, which is also required to be maintained geographically within Pennsylvania.  If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

Position: Attorney 3
Organization: Pennsylvania Publlic School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS)
Location: Harrisburg,  PA 
United States
Salary: $80,568. - $122,504.
Posting Start Date: 7/24/2023
Date Posted: 7/24/2023


Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Five years of professional legal experience and graduation from an accredited school of law; or
  • An equivalent combination of experience and training. 
Post-Employment Requirement:
  • Applicants must be certified for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and must maintain membership on a continuous basis during employment.

Additional Requirements: 

  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Preferred Qualifications (not required):
  • Minimum of three years of business and contracting experience as an attorney, which includes experience independently drafting and negotiating contracts, drafting legal opinions and memoranda.

  • Experience with drafting and responding to subpoenas or Right to Know Law requests.

    How to Apply:

  • Your application must include a cover letter and resume and will not be considered if you do not submit these documents. However, the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education). 
  • If selected for an interview, you will be required to provide three references, two of which need to be professional references.  
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing dateLate applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.  
  • If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date. 


    The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


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Status: This listing expires on: 9/22/2023
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Pennsylvania Publlic School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS)
5 North 5th Street

Harrisburg,  PA 17101
United States
Doris Coomes