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Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is seeking an Associate Counsel with excellent analytical skills and 1-2 years experience in general legal work (contracts, subpoenas, intellectual property, etc.) in a reputable law firm or in-house legal department. The position of Associate Counsel will join an in-house legal department in a business partnership capacity. Essential skills include strong attention to detail, adaptability, comfort working in a highly regulated industry, ability to influence and present information to all levels in the organization, and have experience working in a fast-paced, solution-oriented environment. Prior workers’ compensation industry experience is a plus but not required.
The Associate Counsel works closely with the Managing Counsel and Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer (SVP, CLO) to anticipate, assess and navigate legal and business issues, identify risks and potential liabilities and develop solutions. Counsel proactively anticipates and recognizes issues and proposes innovative and responsive solutions, is knowledgeable regarding the statutes, regulations and procedures relevant to the WCIRB and is a resource for staff in all departments.
The Associate Counsel routinely interact with: WCIRB senior leaders and management team; outside counsel, as well as attorneys representing insurers, employers and vendors; insurer and employer executives; Administrative Law Judges; federal and state regulators; legislature and legislative counsel staff; insurer association representatives; other rating organizations; and Committee and Working Group members. Counsel works under general direction and produces work that is not necessarily reviewed for accuracy of content and form.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide legal services in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to: general business matters, regulatory compliance, privacy and security, litigation, intellectual property, contracts, records retention, procedures documentation, legislation, risk management and governance.
Prepare cases on appeal to the Department of Insurance pertaining to the application of the Commissioner’s regulations and monitor and consult on staff’s responses to Complaints and Inquiries.
Draft revisions to the Insurance Commissioner’s regulations and WCIRB advisory plans, prepare the regulatory filings and ensure the accuracy of the regulations and advisory plans prior to publication.
Perform internal quality assurance reviews for the Audit Committee.
Draft standard forms and policyholder notices; maintain and update the Forms Manual; review non-standard forms, including ancillary agreements, for compliance with California law; provide legal advice regarding forms compliance issues; and serve as the primary point of contact with the Department of Insurance attorneys regarding forms issues.
Manage the WCIRB intellectual property, including all copyright and trademark submissions.
Draft WCIRB bulletins, committee agendas and minutes, and working group meeting materials and summaries, and participate in Committee and Working Group meetings as necessary.
Conduct staff training regarding a variety of legal topics including privacy and security matters; handling inquiries, complaints and appeals; the contract and purchase order process; and Custodian of Records requirements.
Manage the fraud request and subpoena processes, including subpoenas for the testimony of WCIRB witnesses.
Respond to requests for information from employers, agents and brokers, attorneys, governmental agencies and insurers.
Review external facing communications, publications, presentations, web postings and decisions prior to issuance to ensure compliance.
Monitor legislation and review regulations and statutes pertaining to WCIRB operations to ensure compliance.
Conduct legal research on a wide range of issues and provide written analysis.
Maintain and enhance required skills through continuing education.
To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience
Juris Doctor degree
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Minimum of two years in a legal position
Excellent ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
Excellent listening and observational skills.
Leadership, Management and People Skills
Excellent problem-solving, decision making and analytical abilities.
Excellent project and time management skills and ability to manage and prioritize rapidly changing workloads to meet deadlines.
Ability to project positive self-image and credibility to staff, peers, management and external contacts.
Excellent interpersonal skills and adaptive style to fit a variety of situations to facilitate interaction with other in-house counsel, clerical staff, management staff, outside legal counsel, representatives from the California Department of Insurance, members and third parties.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.
The physical demands described in this section are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, as required by ADA, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Job requires both approximately 90% sitting, 10% standing/walking.
Significant amount of time spent at a PC using keyboard and monitor.
Some travel may be required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, as required by the ADA, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Significant interaction with other attorneys, WCIRB staff, the California Department of Insurance, members and third parties requires a cooperative and collaborative inclination.
Steady stream of analytical work, meetings, decision-making and research.
Work requires excellent attention to detail, accuracy, discretion, follow-through and analysis of collected information.
Work occasionally requires assisting with the preparation of witnesses to give testimony in depositions, administrative hearings and in response to subpoenas, assisting in the taking of depositions, and representing the WCIRB at administrative and judicial proceedings.
Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. As such, the job description may be revised depending on the WCIRB’s needs. Further, this job description is a general summary of responsibilities and requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive of the responsibilities and requirements of this position.
The WCIRB is California’s trusted partner in Workers’ Compensation Insurance, leading the way in objective research, data science and education. The WCIRB is a California unincorporated, private, nonprofit association comprised of all companies licensed to transact workers' compensation insurance in California, and has over 400 member companies. No state money is used to fund its operations. The operations of the WCIRB are funded primarily by membership fees and assessments. Through our products and services, we are shaping the future of the Workers’ Compensation industry. Our core values of collaboration, innovation and integrity guide us in setting industry standards by developing cutting-edge technology and services for our valued customers.