Position Title: Legal Assistant – Investments and Securities (ON HOLD)
Salary Group: B23
Posting Date: 9/8/2021
Posting Number: 1315
Salary Type: Monthly
Closing Date: Open Until Closed
Class Number: 3580
Salary Range: $5,000.00 - $6,275.00
Number of Positions: 1

Essential Functions

Our mission is simply stated:  ERS offers competitive benefits to enhance the lives of its members.  Each team member across the agency contributes to our ongoing success.

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to perform highly advanced, responsive work to assist the ERS investment attorneys and the Office of the General Counsel.  Work involves reviewing and preparing legal documentation related to ERS investments under attorney supervision, as well as coordinating the development of Request for Proposals and bid specifications, drafting related contracts and assisting in the selection of contractors.  Provides assistance to the General Counsel and staff attorneys as requested. 

Essential Functions includes, but is not limited to
  • Assists investment attorneys in preparing and reviewing investment-related agreements, including limited partnership agreements, subscription agreements, side letters, shareholder agreements, investment advisory agreements and other similar agreements.
  • Prepares and drafts complex investment-related correspondence; from time to time, facilitates ERS contact with ERS third party investment managers.
  • Serves as primary liaison between investment attorneys and Investments Division.  Independently manages and ensures timely responses to legal requests from Investments Division and other agency divisions.
  • Assists in the development of RFPs and bid specifications; drafts related contracts; assists in selection of contractors.
  • As needed, performs legal research related to investment matters.
  • Remain apprised of new developments in contract and investment law and related legislative initiatives.   Maintains relevant knowledge through internal training, professional reading, professional associations, seminars and/or conferences.
  • Analyzes and evaluates current agency practices, policies and procedures, and provides recommendations for improvements upon request.
  • Maintains a tracking, record-keeping and status reporting system for investments and other projects.
  • Coordinates the preparation and submission of required reports to applicable regulatory entities, including the Texas State Auditor’s Office.
  • May serve as a database administrator. Maintains complex records of a confidential nature.
  • May coordinate publishing and distribution of rule updates and other changes in applicable law.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Your application for employment must reflect how you meet each of the following minimum qualifications:
  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.  Each year of related work experience over the minimum requirement may be substituted for one year (30 semester hours) of college credit.
  2. Four (4) years acting in the role of legal assistant, paralegal or another closely related title. 
  3. Two (2) years of high level contract administration or closely related organizational and administrative experience. 
  4. Two (2) years of experience using personal computers for word processing; spreadsheet software; database software; preparing correspondence; drafting and reviewing contracts

Preferred Qualifications

Your application for employment should reflect how you meet the following preferred qualifications:
  1. Successful completion of an accredited paralegal program.
  2. Experience in general investment-related contracts.  

Other Information

Special Requirement:
Must obtain specialized certification as Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) within eighteen months of assuming the role.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.
Other Information:  Work is temporarily performed remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When it is safe to return, work will be performed in an office environment.  This position may require access to privileged, confidential, or sensitive data.  ERS will conduct either a TXDPS or FBI criminal history check on all new hires.  For more information about this policy inquiries can be made to employment@ers.texas.gov.

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Codes

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with experience in the Military Occupational Specialty (https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf) along with the minimum qualifications listed above may meet the minimum requirements and are highly encouraged to apply.  Please contact Human Resources at employment@ers.texas.gov  with questions or for additional information.