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Director, Pension Action Center

University of Massachusetts Boston

in Boston MA

The Pension Action Center at UMass Boston is seeking, as its next Director, a talented and energetic attorney and leader committed to social justice. The Center provides free legal assistance primarily to low- and moderate-income retirees (and their survivors), whose pension benefits have been wrongfully denied. Clients come from the six states of New England and from Illinois.

The Center exists to serve the most vulnerable retirees. Most come to us when all other efforts have failed. We are their last hope. The Center has recovered more than $58 million in benefits, and since it takes no fees, 100% of recoveries go to our clients, the vast majority of whom live on fixed, modest incomes.   

The Director is the public face of the program, leading public education and outreach efforts and testifying before Congress and federal agencies on matters of pension policy. The Director supervises a warm and collegial office with one other lawyer, the Program Coordinator, several paralegals and law students. S/he also oversees grant applications and management. This is a dream job for a mid- to late-career attorney eager to make a difference in the lives of needy clients—while having a life of her/his own. The salary is competitive and the benefits robust at this public state university.

Requirements: a minimum of 7 years’ experience, including direct client service, and membership in the bar of a state in the Center’s service area. Experience with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and/or retirement benefits law is preferred but not required. A talented attorney capable of handling the other aspects of the position could learn the relevant law on the job under the tutelage of outgoing Director Jeanne Medeiros. Jeanne is a national expert in pension law and is prepared to train and support her successor.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the University operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

How to Apply

For more information: Please contact Len Fishman, J.D., Gerontology Institute Director, at Your inquiries are welcome! (The Center is located within the Gerontology Institute in the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston.)

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