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Associate Counsel - Benefits
  • Department: Legal
  • Position Type: Full-Time Regular
  • Job ID: 11370
  • Functional Area: Legal (F32)
  • Location: New York, USA

Position Description:

Advise on and manage legal matters primarily relating to certain NBA, WNBA, and G League benefit plans -- including plans for players, coaches, referees, and League Office staff -- and support the implementation and administration of these plans.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary day-to-day legal resource for various benefit plans (both League-administered and Taft-Hartley), insurance programs, and educational programs. Includes defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans, nonqualified plans, annuity plans, and VEBA benefits.
  • Collaborate with individuals from various departments, and work with outside counsel and consultants, to implement and administer plans/programs and related CBAs.
  • Serve as primary contact person in dealings with the National Basketball Players Association on player benefit matters, and assist in the negotiation of benefit-related CBA provisions.
  • Monitor legal and other developments related to fiduciary best practices and benefit plan design and administration.
  • Communicate (in writing and orally) with members of the legal department, other senior League executives, and teams regarding benefit matters.
  • Assist on other legal matters reflecting Department needs.

Required Experience & Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of ERISA, including extensive experience in ERISA litigation or other employee benefit matters.
  • Record of distinguished academic and professional achievement.
  • Minimum of three years of experience at a law firm and/or similar in-house experience.
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and issue-spotting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and time-management capabilities.
  • Must relate well to others and enjoy working in a collaborative environment.

Educational Background Required:

  • Law degree and bar admission (NY)

Equal employment opportunity is a fundamental principle at the NBA. Accordingly, the NBA’s EEO Policy provides that all employment decisions will be based on merit and valid job qualifications and are made regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, veteran status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.