Associate Counsel – Employee Benefits and Fiduciary Services

Vanguard is one of the world’s largest asset managers providing financial products and services to individual and institutional investors world-wide. Known for its strong ethical business practices and client focus, Vanguard fosters a collaborative, team-oriented environment that rewards and recognizes distinguished individual performance. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled employee benefits attorney to join our ERISA & Fiduciary Services group. This legal team advises Vanguard’s businesses that offer recordkeeping, trust and advisory services to qualified and nonqualified plans. The team also supports Vanguard’s in-house benefit programs, individual retirement account (IRA) business and two limited purpose trust companies.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Support Vanguard’s Institutional Investor Group regarding issues affecting services for qualified defined contribution plans and nonqualified executive compensation arrangements.
  • Support Vanguard’s Human Resources division regarding issues affecting Vanguard’s in-house benefits and compensation programs, including retirement and health and welfare benefit programs, as well as global remuneration, bonus and nonqualified executive compensation programs.
  • Provide legal advice, counseling and education to internal clients and business units to guide and raise awareness of applicable legal issues, as well as educate and inform for compliance with applicable policies, regulations and laws
  • Lead, assist, and provide legal support for new services or initiatives.
  • Conduct legal and/or factual research as necessary to support the needs of the company.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise in applicable areas of the law and Vanguard’s business and closely monitor regulatory developments and participate in select conferences and industry forums.

Background, experience and education:

  • The ideal candidate will be a business-focused, intellectually curious legal counselor who thrives when dealing with ambiguity; has a track record of commitment and significant accomplishment; and demonstrates excellent judgment, creativity, technical expertise, breadth of vision, initiative and superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • The candidate must share the values of Vanguard as an institution, including unmatched ethical standards, teamwork, client service, work ethic and attitude.
  • The candidate must be skilled at successfully collaborating with, enabling and working through others. The candidate should possess sufficient business, financial and legal sophistication to relate to, work with and influence team members, in-house corporate partners and business clients at all levels, as well as senior management, regulators and outside counsel.
  • J.D. law degree required, along with strong knowledge of retirement, health and welfare and/or nonqualified executive deferred compensation issues under ERISA and the Tax Code. The candidate should have a minimum of 3 to 7 years of relevant law firm, industry or government agency experience.
  • Experience with global benefits and compensation programs is a plus.
  • Prior in-house experience is a plus.

Vanguard is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.


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