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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
General Counsel The candidate reports To: Executive Director. Plans, organizes and manages the activities of Legal Services of OPERS. Provides legal advice and assistance to the OPERS Board and associates. Ensures that the policies of the Board are within legal requirements as established by statute. Oversees the work of legal services. Provides legal support to the various OPERS divisions including Benefits, Finance, Information Technology, and Investments divisions as well as other services functions. Coordinates and facilitates the legal work performed by outside counsel and the Ohio Attorney General's office on behalf of OPERS. Monitors and advises on issues of fiduciary responsibility and ethical compliance regarding the OPERS Board of Trustees and staff. Ensures the Retirement System is in compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules. Assists the External Relations Division in legislative and government relations matters including bill drafting and bill analysis. Assists the Retirement Board and Executive Director in long range strategic planning. Acts as general counsel for the Retirement System. Prepares and assists in presentations to the Board on legal matters, including member appeals. Performs other duties as assigned. Directs short- and long-term strategic planning, deployment of resources, budgeting, and design of OPERS’ processes for a major functional area. Provides leadership and is a role model to management and staff. Recruits and develops direct reports and consistently provides timely feedback through coaching and mentorship. Partners with human resources on workforce planning, compliance, performance management, and corrective action. Should have high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in related field is essential. Should have JD degree. Demonstrated skills in legal research and memo writing is essential. Must have 10+ years of experience in the practice of law. Significant experience representing public entities in Ohio is essential. Significant experience with public pension funds is essential. Experience with Ohio Public Records and Open Meetings Laws is essential. Experience working with and representing a Board of Directors/Trustees is essential. Experience drafting and interpreting state and federal laws related to public pension fund operations is essential. Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio.
Requisition Number: 2018013
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