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Associate General Counsel

Company:California Public Employees' Retirement System
Location:CA
Date:12/19/2016

JC-44086 - Associate General Counsel

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Position Details
Job Control #: JC-44086
Position #(s): 275-110-7500-005
Working Title: Associate General Counsel
Classification: C. E. A.
$11,105.00 - $13,526.00 C (CalPERS offers a performance award program with the ability to earn an award up to 15% of base pay)

# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

Department Information
California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is a global institutional investor and the nation’s largest public pension fund, with assets of approximately $300 billion as of November 18, 2016. Headquartered in downtown Sacramento, CalPERS is situated in close proximity to the Napa Valley, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and other desirable destinations in California. Our people are deeply committed to our core values and their decisions and actions are guided by our investment beliefs. If you thrive in a fast paced, challenging and rewarding environment where diversity in perspective and experience is valued, this may be the right opportunity for you.

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel is responsible for oversight of the Advice/Consultation and the Administration Units of the CalPERS Legal Office. The Associate General Counsel performs complex and sensitive legal work for CalPERS, provides advice to CalPERS executive and senior management, and assists in policy development and strategic planning.

To view the Duty Statement click http://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/dutystatement&id=6037
Special Requirements

Statement of Qualifications

Please provide a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the hiring manager’s review. Applications received without a SOQ will not be considered.

To view & complete the SOQ click http://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/dutystatement&id=6036

Live Scan

Candidates new to CalPERS are required to submit to a criminal history review process utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting.

CalPERS Disclosure Requirements
You may be required to file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700).

http://www.fppc.ca.gov/forms/700-13-14/044-01-2014Form700FAQs.pdf

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy-influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following specific knowledge and abilities:

1. Membership in the State Bar.

2. Candidates new to CalPERS are required to submit to a Department of Justice criminal history review utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting.

3. Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.

4. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

Application Instructions
Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply
Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at www.jobs.ca.gov.

Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.

Required Application Documents
Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.ca.gov . All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.

Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Examination Qualification Requirements
This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the Position in order to compete in the examination.
All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

General Qualifications
State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Knowledge and Abilities
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

1. Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.

2. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

Desirable Qualifications
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Extensive experience providing policy and professional direction to professional staff, executives and senior managers, and outside counsel regarding the interpretation and application of laws. Provide any specific experience in the following areas: pensions and trusts, federal tax law, health benefits, statutory and constitutional interpretation, government contracts and procurement, labor and employment, open meetings, and public records.

Demonstrated experience in policy development / formulation.

Extensive experience providing oral and written legal advice on a wide variety of subjects including the ability to effectively represent CalPERS before a wide range of audiences; particularly, boards of administration, board committees, executive leadership, large outside groups, and the media.

Experience developing and delivering training for various audiences on various legal topics. Strong leadership skills and the demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of an executive leadership team.

Demonstrated management skills over a diverse team of legal professionals. Proven ability to manage and track staff’s work and performance.

Experience managing an administrative function including strategic planning, managing and tracking performance metrics and measures, budgets, expense tracking, contract management.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Acts in a professional manner and demonstrates a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior; demonstrates openness and trust; establishes and builds rapport by modeling values-based behaviors; strong interpersonal and mentoring skills; promotes teamwork and cross-functional collaboration and communication in support of CalPERS strategic goals; and promotes a high-performance culture where employees are encouraged and enabled to perform to their greatest potential.

Examination Information
If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

The results of this examination will be only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Special Testing Arrangements
If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

Benefits
CalPERS employees are eligible for a number of benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees and some permanent, part-time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees' wages, hours, and conditions of employment. Some added benefits CalPERS offers include:

• Alternate Work Schedules
• Flexible Work Hours
• Child Care

For more details about employee benefits, visit the California Department of Human Resources website.
Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
CalPERS Careers
(916) 795-3065
careers@calpers.ca.gov

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
CalPERS EEO
(877) 691-4371
careers@calpers.ca.gov

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.