Job Posting: Senior Litigation Counsel

State Teachers' Retirement System

Senior Litigation Counsel

$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/18/2019

Job Description and Duties

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is a world-class organization proud to serve California’s public educators. We provide an environment that cultivates new ideas and diverse perspectives, as well as excellent benefits, work-life balance culture, high internal promotion rates, an award-winning staff recognition program, robust training and development programs, wellness programs, and ergonomic support for employees. 

We are currently seeking a driven and passionate Senior Litigation Counsel (Attorney III) in the Office of General Counsel. Specifically, the Attorney III will:

  • Work on the more complex legal services relating to the CalSTRS administrative remedy process, including working in support of, and in cooperation with, the various CalSTRS program areas on the internal remedy and executive review processes.
  • Provide expert legal representation of CalSTRS in various pre-litigation, transactional and administrative matters, including overseeing and working with outside counsel. 
  • (Review, analyze, and draft legislation and regulations, perform document review, recommend case strategies, and draft legal documents.
  • Perform complex and sensitive legal services in connection with CalSTRS activities, and will represent CalSTRS in administrative hearings, writ proceedings, litigation, and other legal proceedings.
  • Provide expert legal representation of CalSTRS in various litigated matters including but not limited to subrogation, collections, community property, survivor benefits, and bankruptcy.

Does this opportunity seem right for you? If so, see the Special Requirements section below and apply now.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Litigation Counsel
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 A
$5,602.00 - $5,827.00 A
$5,609.00 - $6,403.00 B
$6,760.00 - $8,501.00 C
$7,609.00 - $9,760.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Yolo County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

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 California’s 949,000 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.

Special Requirements


This position requires a current Attorney III or Attorney Exam.
  • If you need to take the Attorney III exam or if your score has expired, click here to gain list eligibility.
  • If you need to take the Attorney exam or if your score has expired, click here to gain list eligibility.
Background Investigation

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.

Application Instructions

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 application.

Final Filing Date: 11/18/2019

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 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 documents to:

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 documents at:

CalSTRS, Attn: Recruitment
100 Waterfront Place
West Sacramento, CA 95605
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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 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.
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.

Desirable Qualifications

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 candidate:
  • Ability to conduct administrative hearings, civil litigation and other legal proceedings with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prepare and present cases pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code and other applicable statutes and regulations.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in sensitive business and legal situations.
  • Ability to make legal recommendations and sound decisions.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team setting.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high-volume atmosphere.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete assignments to meet critical deadlines.
  • Possess professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and able to multi-task while remaining efficient.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated effective organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated history of high quality performance in a performance-driven organization.


Learn about all of the benefits of being a CalSTRS employee by visiting and clicking on the About Us tab.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
(916) 414-4499

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.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 414-4933
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.


  • 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: Position 815-102-5795-013, RPA 4157, Job Control 179858.
  • If education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications, please submit a copy of your transcripts/degree.
  • Candidate may be selected by application packet review only.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

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 public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail