General Counsel

General Counsel Summary

The General Counsel (GC) position is responsible for implementing, maintaining, and protecting the PERA’s legal posture and interests within the scope established by NM Statute, PERA’s Board of Trustees, and PERA’s Executive Director. This position serves as a member of the leadership team, providing expertise and experience to the PERA policy and decision-making process. The General Counsel position is an exempt employment position which is on at-will basis.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

NM PERA seeks an experienced attorney who thrives in a hands-on and collaborative environment to be the next General Counsel. The ideal candidate must have the confidence, exceptional communication, and interpersonal skills to educate and advise the Board, Executive Director, and others on complex legal and regulatory matters related to public pension management. Our ideal candidate will be committed to upholding the fiduciary duty to our members and beneficiaries of NM PERA. This person will be able to hit the ground running and quickly gain the confidence and respect of the Board and staff. In addition, this person will have experience advising public agencies and understand that legal opinions must be able to be implemented within the administrative realities the agency operates in.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provides legal advice to Executive management and others regarding proposals or anticipated actions
  • Oversees coordination of legal activity performed by outside counsel and the Attorney General’s Office
  • Monitors issues of fiduciary responsibilities of the Board and staff
  • Coordinates issues relating to PERA benefits
  • Coordinates issues stemming from PERA administration (contract, personnel, general liability, etc.)
  • Oversees legal work done in connection with PERA investments and shareholder activities
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations
  • Provides oversight and direction to leadership regarding PERA’s Governance Manual and compliance matters including working with third party partners and facilitating the Board of Trustee and Executive Director annual evaluation process
  • Assists the Executive Director in legislative issues
  • Assists the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in the long-range strategic planning process
  • Demonstrates leadership and management capabilities to manage people and processes
  • Provides leadership and direction to Division staff and is responsible for all management functions including hiring, developing, and creating a high-performance team
  • Carries out other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctorate and license to practice in the State of New Mexico or the ability to obtain a license within 6 months
  • Ten years of professional work experience, preferably in the areas of retirement plans, administrative proceedings, litigation, investments, taxes, insurance, contracts, and labor law
  • Management/supervisory experience
  • Experience working closely with a governing board
  • Experience in interpreting current and proposed state and federal laws
  • Experience in lobbying at the state level is preferred
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • PERA will offer the successful candidate a competitive base salary dependent on experience and qualifications. PERA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave policy and other benefits that are available to State of New Mexico employees. All the PERA employees contribute towards a defined benefit retirement plan and can elect to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation plan

COMPENSATION

PERA will offer the successful candidate a competitive base salary dependent on experience and qualifications. PERA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave policy and other benefits that are available to State of New Mexico employees. All the PERA employees contribute towards a defined benefit retirement plan and can elect to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation plan.

For further information please contact.

  • Trish Winter, Executive Assistant
  • Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico
  • email: patriciab.winter@state.nm.us
  • phone: 505-795-0712


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