The Pension Rights Center is seeking an attorney with knowledge of pension law and a commitment to economic justice to fill a new Legal Counsel position.
Organization Description. The Pension Rights Center is a nonprofit consumer organization that has been working for the past 36 years to protect and promote the retirement security of workers, retirees, and their families. The Center advocates for pension reforms, educates the public about retirement income issues, and serves as the technical resource center for the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling and Information Program.
Position description. The Center’s Legal Counsel will:
- Prepare congressional testimony, comments on regulations, legal memoranda, and fact sheets; and write website summaries of legislation, regulations and cases
- Coordinate and conduct training for non-pension attorneys willing to provide legal assistance to individuals in states not served by pension counseling projects;
- Write reports on obstacles encountered by pension plan participants seeking to enforce their legal rights, and assist with the preparation of legal guides for non-pension lawyers;
- Support to the Center’s Fellows Program, which allows retired pension professionals to share their expertise with the pension counseling projects and policymakers; and
- Advise Center management staff on changes in nonprofit and tax laws and lobbying requirements, and undertake other activities as requested.
Qualifications. The candidate must have a law degree; be knowledgeable about pension law; have excellent legal research, writing, oral communication, and personal skills; be a self-starter, and willing to travel. The candidate should also be a member of the District of Columbia bar or eligible to waive in. Preference will be given to candidates with three or more years of pension-related employment.
Salary and Benefits. The position offers a salary of $60,000 - $70,000 a year depending on experience, plus generous health, disability, and pension benefits. The Center is an equal opportunity employer.
To Apply. Submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to email@example.com, noting “Legal Counsel” in the subject line.
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