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Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,478.00
Posted: 09/07/2012

Job Description:

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is the nation’s largest public pension fund in providing retirement and health benefits to public employees, retirees, and their families and employers. Headquartered in downtown Sacramento, we are a destination employer within Northern California. CalPERS is family friendly and situated in close proximity to the Napa Valley, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and other desirable destinations. CalPERS offers benefit packages, competitive salary, and opportunities for advancement. Join an organization with an international reputation for leadership and innovation.

If you are interested in becoming part of a diverse workforce where talent, experience, and expertise are valued, CalPERS invites you to apply for this employment opportunity.

For more information about additional employment opportunities at CalPERS, please visit


The Legal Office is recruiting candidates to fill one position at the Attorney III/Attorney IV level. The Attorney III/Attorney IV advises management and staff on a variety of complex and sensitive legal issues relating to specific retirement program areas and health program areas with particular emphasis on tax law and CalPERS program divisions, including, but not limited to: Actuarial Office, Customer Account Services, Benefit Services, Customer Service and Outreach, Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Public Affairs, and Benefit Programs Policy and Planning Division. Independently analyzes legal principles and precedents and applies this when advising clients on matters of difficult and complex governmental law, including Constitutional and statutory interpretation, pension reform, the Public Employees’ Retirement Law, open meeting law, public records requests and conflicts of interest law; researches and writes complex and sensitive formal and informal legal opinions for specific program areas; ensures opinions are timely, accurate and complete, and presents alternative courses of action and analysis of those alternatives were appropriate; reviews and approves critical correspondence and other critical documents; drafts critical documents and represents the system on a variety of sensitive and complex legal issues; provides informal or oral advice to system management and staff on a variety of program-specific legal issues; evaluates complex state and federal legislation to determine the potential impact on CalPERS, including assisting in the preparation of bill analyses, drafting legislation and recommending amendments; and works closely with the Executive Office on special projects such as legal analysis for pension reform and tax issues and high profile matters.

Desirable Qualifications:

Reliable; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and the public; ability to work independently and use good judgment on assigned work; possess excellent oral

A Statement of Qualifications(SOQ) is required in order to be considered for this opening. If you do not submit a completed SOQ, your application will not be considered.

To view the position's duties and responsibilities click here: Duty Statement

WHO MAY APPLY: Individuals who are currently at the Attorney III/Attorney IV level or who are eligible for transfer or list appointment to this level are encouraged to apply. In the Explanations section on the State application (STD. 678), all applicants must indicate the basis of eligibility (e.g. SROA, Surplus, reemployment, reinstatement, transfer, list eligibility, or Training and Development [T&D] Assignment etc.). Appointment may be subject to SROA/Surplus restrictions. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their surplus letter with their application.

PLEASE NOTE: Possession of minimum qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications, the application will be forwarded to the State Personnel Board for review and the applicant's name may be removed from the eligibility list.

Through June 30, 2013, full-time employees' monthly pay will be reduced by 4.62% in exchange for eight (8) hours of leave. Part-time employees shall be subject to the pay reduction on a pro-rated basis consistent with their time base.

If you are applying for more than one recruitment, a separate application is required for each recruitment for which you would like to be considered.


Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Attorney III 275 - 110 - 5795 - xxx
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STAFF COUNSEL IV $8,486.00 - $10,477.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
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Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Human Resources Division - 8863/MSA
400 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

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