Associate General Counsel – Employee Benefits

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Job ID
# of Openings
Mid Senior Level


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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