The Pension Rights Center is seeking an experienced attorney with knowledge of pension law to serve as the Center’s Legal Director. The Legal Director has oversight responsibility for the Center’s legal program, and works with the Center’s management team to implement the organization’s mission and strategic goals. The Legal Director supervises other attorneys and staff, and reports to the Center’s Director. The Pension Rights Center is a nonprofit consumer organization committed to protecting and promoting retirement security.
- The Legal Director’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the Center provides top-quality technical assistance and training to the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling and Information Program and other legal services providers around the country.
- Technical assistance includes ongoing legal advice and programmatic assistance to six regional pension counseling projects serving 30 states and, on request, to legal aid offices and other legal services providers.
- Training includes an annual three-day training conference for counseling project staff, on-site training seminars for the projects and legal services providers on request; and webinars and teleconferences.
- Other legal program activities include:
- Providing direct legal assistance to individuals with retirement plan problems;
- Producing educational materials for the general public for the Center’s website;
- Preparing amicus briefs and working papers on issues affecting retirement rights;
- Securing funding for the Center’s legal programs, writing and editing grant reports;
- Advising Center management on legal issues relating to nonprofit law and lobbying;
- Advocating for nationwide expansion of the pension counseling program; and
- Maintaining the Center’s pension counseling websites and listserv.
- The Legal Director also coordinates with Center policy staff to respond to requests from government agencies, Congress, organizations, and the media on legal issues relating to the work of the counseling projects; and serves as the Center’s liaison with pro bono law firms, aging organizations, actuarial societies, and government agencies.
Qualifications: The candidate must have a law degree, a minimum of five years of pension law-related experience, and excellent writing and oral communication skills. He or she should be creative, energetic, organized, and a self-starter able to work in a collaborative, flexible workplace. The candidate should also have the skills and vision to help build the program and bring it to a new level. Some management and training experience is preferred.
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