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Associate Board Counsel

Company: Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General
Location: Boston
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

_The Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General requires staff to have received COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must have received two doses of the approved Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Finalists will be given details about how to demonstrate receipt of vaccination._ About the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General ("Treasury") Our mission is to manage and safeguard the State's public deposits and investments through sound business practices for the exclusive benefits of our citizens, and perform these duties with integrity, excellence, and leadership. Additionally, we strive to provide economic opportunity, stability, and security for every Massachusetts resident.We are committed to excellence in recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse and qualified individuals. We value the culture of diversity and professionalism in the workplace, and strongly believe that our workforce should reflect our community.

_ ABOUT THE MSRB & THE POSITION _The Massachusetts State Retirement Board (MSRB) is multi-generational and diverse department within the Office of the State Treasurer which administers a defined benefit retirement plan, the Massachusetts State Employees Retirement System (MSERS), for eligible employees of the Commonwealth and certain independent entities. Established in 1911 the MSRB supports more than 85,000 active members and more than 68,000 retirees & beneficiaries. The MSRB annually issues more than $2.75b in benefits.The MSRB Legal Unit is responsible for providing legal counsel in a high-volume work setting to the members of the Board and staff, on all matters relative to the proper administration of the Massachusetts State Employees' Retirement System ("MSERS") as governed by M.G.L. c.32 and applicable federal requirements._ RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES : _ In conjunction with other MSRB counsel represent the Board in judicial and administrative forums relative to Board actions and all other legal matters. Under the direction of THE Director of Legal Services work with the Attorney General's office on any litigation in which the Board or any staff member is a party. Become proficient and develop expertise regarding the provisions of Chapter 32, administrative regulations and applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Code. Participate in the development and promulgation of agency policy, regulations and interpretative materials. Advise Executive Director and all agency staff relative to the proper interpretation and implementation of G.L. c.32, related administrative regulations and administrative or judicial orders and decisions, and contract issues. Provide legal counsel to the Retirement Board on all matters relevant to their duties and obligations as fiduciaries of the MSERS. Attend monthly Board meetings and maintain regular presence in Board offices. Ability to travel to hearing locations across the Commonwealth and to regional Board office._ OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES _ Participate in preparation of member requests, applications and supporting materials for review by the Board. Review proposed worker's compensation lump sum agreements and domestic relations orders as well as employment settlement agreements from Commonwealth agencies which may impact the calculation of retirement benefits. Participate in Board enforcement and adjudicatory efforts in connection with post retirement earnings limits and disability retirees' excess earnings cases. Participate in enforcement and adjudicatory efforts in connection with benefit forfeitures due to criminal convictions Review and implementation of domestic relations orders Analyze new federal and state legislation and its impact on the administration of Chapter 32. Assist in the drafting of legislation in accordance with the legislative priorities established by the Board. Maintain familiarity with all public employee retirement legislation, regulations, and judicial and administrative decisions, in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions that may affect the Board, its policies, or administration of the system. Assist in informing MSRB staff on a regular basis of legislative and regulatory developments. Communicate legal requirements and Board policy to members, attorneys, constituency groups and other retirement boards. Review proposed state and federal legislation potentially affecting the MSRB and other Massachusetts retirement systems. At the direction of Director of Legal Services or the Executive Director periodically participate on related legal panels or at seminars, and presentations._ SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILTIES _ N/A_ KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS _ Must have a minimum of 2-4 years of experience in the practice of law. Related work in the field of Massachusetts public employee benefits strongly preferred. Must be a member in good standing of Massachusetts Bar and in compliance with State Ethics requirements. Prior practice before Commonwealth Trial Court required, and Appeals Court preferred including brief preparation and oral argument. Demonstration of high-level of customer service skills and ability to work competently in a high-volume setting. Administrative hearing and litigation experience under Chapter 30A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth required. Involvement in matters under G.L. c.32 preferable. Familiarity with, and willingness to develop, working knowledge of Chapter 32 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth and applicable regulations. Excellent written, communication and organizational skills are required. Experience working in office environment utilizing electronic document management system. Current working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and adeptness with on-line research databases, such as Westlaw.Job Type: Full-timePay: $62,244.77 - $95,234.54 per yearBenefits: Dental insurance Employee assistance program Flexible spending account Health insurance Health savings account Life insurance Paid time off Parental leave Retirement plan Tuition reimbursement Vision insuranceSchedule: 8 hour shift Day shift Monday to FridayWork Location: Hybrid remote in Boston, MA 02108

Keywords: Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General, Boston , Associate Board Counsel, Legal , Boston, Massachusetts

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