Do you have a keen interest in deepening your career in pension law at the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada? Are you a creative thinker with analytical skills who thrives on challenges? If so, our team is growing!
Working closely with the Managing Director & Associate General Counsel and the Director & Senior Legal Counsel in Pension Law & Policy, you will support the development of legal advice for the organization, particularly the Member Services Division, on the interpretation and application of all laws and proposed amendments to laws relating to the plan administration. You will also represent Ontario Teachers' before administrative tribunals and support the dispute resolution and management process on matters relating to benefit entitlement. This unique opportunity offers significant room for growth.
Who you'll work with
In addition to your colleagues in Pension Law & Policy, you will work with the managers of each of the business lines in Members Services (Member Experience & Innovation, Employer Relations and Member Information, Actuarial Services & Tax, Quality & Risk Management and Member Services Operations), to provide legal advice on all matters related to administering the Plan in accordance with the law
What you'll do
Guide Member Services Division in applying pension plan rules in challenging individual cases and with the creation of business processes, maintaining fairness to the individual Plan members but respect for integrity of the pension plan.
Support Pension Law & Policy by assisting with the research, design and drafting of Plan amendments and other plan documents in support of Member Services’ strategic initiatives, in support of Plan sponsors’ requests or in response to regulatory requirements
Assist with the management and the resolution of member and beneficiary disputes regarding the administration of Plan benefits by representing Ontario Teachers’ before administrative tribunals; providing research, analysis and legal recommendations; and providing advice to the Senior Law Clerk.
Provide legal advice regarding communications to member and employer inquiries and on the consistent application and development of Plan policies
Liaise with regulators and industry representatives on plan administration legal and regulatory matters to promote and protect the organization’s interests and reputation;
Develop solutions to novel implementation/operational challenges without reliance on past precedents.
Assess and prioritize among client demands for advice and escalate Plan administration compliance issues
Demonstrate good judgment in establishing priorities amongst multiple demands for Plan administration advice.
What you'll need
LL.B/JD, called to the Bar of the Law Society of Ontario.
2 -5 years’ post-call experience in pension law. Candidates with tax or litigation experience may be considered.
Strong analytical skills with ability to identify and balance risks with business needs
Ability to manage high-volume transactional work and longer-term project work concurrently
Ability to consult with business, challenge and evaluate options and make recommendations
Ability to meet deadlines, adapt to a rapidly changing environment and sustain high efficiency levels
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, team-player who thrives in building relationships
Self-starter, confident, innovative, able to work autonomously.
Knowledge of pension plan design and Ontario pension legislation is an asset
Familiarity with the Income Tax Act (Canada) and actuarial concepts as they relate to pension matters is an asset
Advocacy/dispute resolution skills are an asset
What we're offering
Pay for performance environment that offers competitive salary and incentives
Numerous opportunities for professional growth and development
Comprehensive employer paid benefits coverage, including a Health Spending Account
Retirement income through a defined benefit pension plan
Competitive time off
Discount programs including Edvantage and Perkopolis
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How to apply
Are you ready to pursue new challenges and take your career to the next level? Apply today!
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