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Associate General Counsel - Employee Benefits

United States
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Full time
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In coordination with the Association's Assistant General Counsel - Employee Benefits ("AGC"), the role will regularly provide legal advice and counsel to managers and staff of the Association's National Employee Benefits Administration department ("NEBA") and, as required, to managers and staff of other Association departments, particularly the Human Resources department ("HR"). The primary focus of this role will be the design, drafting, implementation, administration, reporting and disclosure regarding qualified defined contribution and defined benefit programs. The successful candidate should also expect that he or she could be called upon to address legal issues arising under ERISA, the tax code and other laws impacting employee benefits with respect to a broad range of employee retirement and welfare benefit programs.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a legal resource supporting NEBA operations, including both strategic and tactical counseling to NEBA's department managers regarding NEBA operational issues and practices. This goal will specifically include serving as legal support to NEBA's 401(k) Program Team and National Retirement Program Team regarding compliance matters. Because this is a responsibility the successful candidate will share with the AGC, it is expected that the successful candidate will act collaboratively with the AGC regarding their shared duties to support NEBA line staff.
  • As directed by the AGC, serve as a legal resource supporting the Association's HR and Finance departments regarding employee benefits matters.
  • Upon request, perform research for and provide strategic counseling to the AGC regarding employee benefits matters within the scope of her responsibilities.


Required Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree from accredited Law School
  • At least five years full time experience practicing employee benefits law, including experience drafting both defined contribution and defined benefit plans and plan amendments and consulting with clients or other attorneys regarding the requirements of ERISA and the tax code
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois "In good standing" with Illinois ARDC

Preferred Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience addressing investment issues, including drafting of Investment management and investment consulting agreements.
  • Experience with nonqualified plans and executive compensation arrangements. Vendor procurement and contract negotiation experience.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Good drafting skills.
  • Good research & analysis skills.
  • Good team building skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristics

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