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The CalSTRS General Counsel Branch is seeking a motivated
individual to work as an Attorney on the Litigation Services
Under direction of the Assistant General Counsel and the General
Counsel, the Litigation Counsel works with discretion and
independence and is expected to practice litigation in complex
areas of the Teachers Retirement Law. The Litigation Counsel is
responsible for providing sensitive legal services of average
difficulty in connection with CalSTRS activities, and will
represent CalSTRS in, and/or oversee and work with outside counsel
on administrative hearings, writ proceedings, litigation, and other
Does this opportunity seem right for you? If so, see the
Special Requirements section below and apply
COVID-19 Impacts to Working at
CalSTRS has temporarily adopted telework for employees who can
perform their essential work functions remotely. In addition,
CalSTRS employees are subject to the provisions of the State of
Californias Personal Leave Program 2020, receiving additional paid
leave in exchange for a 9.23% reduction in base salary.
You will find additional information about the job in the
Duty Statement .
- Occasional overnight in state/out of state travel
- Occasional travel to various locations for hearings, training
- Prolonged periods of standing or sitting
- Work in a high-rise building, in an open space environment
- Ability to use a computer several hours a day
- Ability to move up to 10 pounds
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) is
the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS
proudly provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to
Californias 964,000 public school educators and their families.
We encourage you to join our world-class financial services
institution and state agency. Our headquarters and member service
centers located across the state feature sustainable construction,
plenty of natural lighting and functionally-designed work spaces.
At our LEED Platinum headquarters in West Sacramento, enjoy the
full service cafe, free onsite fitness center, bicycle library and
walks along the Sacramento River. In addition to state-of-the-art
amenities, we offer thriving wellness and sustainability programs,
an award-winning employee recognition program, and ongoing learning
and development opportunities.
Statement of Qualifications
Interested individuals must submit a Statement of
Qualifications (SOQ) in addition to the standard state application
(form STD 678). Your SOQ will be considered the first interview for
this position. If your qualifications are competitive, you will be
invited to a formalinterview. When completing the SOQ, please
include all relevant experience, education, and training, as
applicable, and explain all answers thoroughly. Your SOQ should not
exceed two pages and describe your experience with the legal issues
outlined below. Give specific examples of your experience,
including your role and responsibilities. 1. Describe in detail
your litigation experience as it applies to:
a. Administrative Hearings Proceedings b. Appeals c. Jury or Bench
Trials d. Alternate Dispute Resolution
2. Describe your experience with pretrial proceedings, including
law and motion, discovery and depositions.
This position requires a currentAttorneyExam .
If you need to take the exam or if your score has expired,
click here to gain list eligibility.
Prior to employment with CalSTRS, a background investigation
(BI) will be conducted. The BI consists of a Personal History
Statement and fingerprinting through the Department of
Justice. The BI will check criminal and civil records and, if
applicable, verify education and check driving records.
The position may be subject to the disclosure and disqualification
requirements concerning economic conflict of interest in government
work, pursuant to the CalSTRS Conflict of Interest Code and the
Political Reform Act.
Completed applications and all required documents must be
received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be
considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick
Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered
Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an
Final Filing Date: 4/18/2021
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for
lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list
eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or
have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if
available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority;
therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in
the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified
applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection
process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in
the Classification Specification(s).
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (including your
Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or
required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job
Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically
through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When
submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the
Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not
apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be
submitted through an alternative method listed below:
Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required
State Teachers' Retirement System Attn: Recruitment P.O. Box 15275,
MS 31 Sacramento , CA 95851-0275
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required
State Teachers' Retirement System CalSTRS, Attn: Recruitment 100
Waterfront Place West Sacramento , CA 95605 08:00 AM
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your
application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely
may not be considered for this job:
- Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application
STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic
State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at
www.CalCareers.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 required and must be included.
- Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications is
required. Please see the Special Requirements
section of the job posting for detailed instructions.
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.
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
- Ability to research and produce the highest quality work;
- Ability to exercise judgment in sensitive business
- Ability to make recommendations and sound decisions;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Ability to work in fast paced, high volume atmosphere;
- Ability to prioritize and complete assignments to meet critical
- Possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and
- Detail oriented and able to multi-task while remaining
- Strong organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and
critical thinking skills;
- Demonstratedeffective organizational and time management
- Demonstrated history of quality performance in a
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products: Excel, Word,
PowerPoint, and Access.
CalSTRS offers a competitive pay schedule and a
work-life-balance for all its employees.The State of California
provides comprehensive benefits packages determined by the
employees bargaining unit and conditions of employment. Some
- Remote work options
- Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision
- Paid holidays and a defined benefit retirement program
- More than four weeks of vacation/sick leave for leaders
- More than three weeks of vacation/sick leave for staff
General State Employment Benefits and Protections
Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits
offered to State employees.
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions
regarding the position or application process.
Human Resources Contact:
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.
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.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- Electronic applications through your CalCareer account
are highly recommended.If you are unable to apply
electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail or drop
off a hard copy of your application packet. Please provide the
following information on your application:815-102-5778-010,
RPA 5124, JC- 245806
- If education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications,
please submit a copy of your transcripts/degree.
Training and development (T&D) assignments may be considered
for this position. If you are applying as a T&D, please
indicate this in the eligibility section of your application.
- Candidate may be selected by application packet review
- Multiple positions may be filled from thisrecruitment.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all,
regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and
physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave,
gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information,
marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status,
national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex
(includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical
conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a
drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be
expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the
use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the
rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in