The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.
The NAAG Center for Tobacco and Public Health (“Tobacco Center”) specializes in matters related to the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and is dedicated to helping the attorneys general of the signatory states (Settling States) interpret, implement, and enforce this agreement. The MSA is a historic, landmark agreement that has greatly contributed to the decreased smoking rate among Americans. The settlement has not only helped the Settling States recover the health care costs of smoking by ensuring billions in yearly revenue but has also changed the way tobacco companies operate by restricting advertising and eliminating practices that obscured tobacco’s health risks. The NAAG Tobacco Center provides legal counsel and representation to the Settling States to assist them in preserving and enforcing the MSA’s monetary and public-health mandates.
Our Mission: In addition to providing the Settling States with counsel specializing in the MSA, we provide all states with counsel relating to tobacco regulation generally. Tobacco Center Counsel:
- Advise, support, and represent the Settling States in MSA-related litigation and arbitrations,
- Represent the Settling States in bankruptcy cases filed by tobacco manufacturers,
- Monitor MSA payments and the disbursement process, as well as corroborate the Independent Auditor’s yearly payment calculations,
- Monitor tobacco companies’ compliance with the MSA’s payment and public health provisions, including advertising restrictions,
- Advise the states regarding developments in federal regulation of tobacco, in fashioning tools to make state regulation of tobacco more effective, and in finding ways to reduce youth tobacco use, and
- Liaise between the states, tobacco companies, federal agencies, and public health organizations.
The Tobacco Center Legal Administrator supports the work of the Tobacco Center, which is comprised of four attorneys and a Center Manager and Senior Legal Administrator. The Legal Administrator must possess strong organizational skills, be technically adept, be able to multi-task, work under deadline pressure, be detail oriented and professional, and adapt quickly to changing work priorities. Excellent computer skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are essential. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and the Microsoft Windows version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required. Experience using Excel to organize large volumes of data and perform algebraic functions is required. Occasional overtime and travel will also be required.
- Maintain and update Excel spreadsheets dealing with MSA payments and cigarette sales volumes
- Respond to information requests and calls for assistance from the state offices of Attorneys General
- Maintain electronic schedule for conference calls, meetings, and other deadlines
- Assist in maintaining the organization of the Tobacco Center’s technology systems for information sharing and communication with the states, including:
- Overall organization of and user support for the Tobacco Center wiki system
- Provide training and support on use of wiki system
- Work with NAAG Communications and Director of Design, Production and New Media on Tobacco Center portions of the NAAG website, NAAG publications and reports
- Coordinate with NAAG CLE Administrator to secure CLE credits for Tobacco Center trainings and seminars
- Maintain understanding of major Tobacco Center issues and design logical and efficient network file structure
- Assist in meeting coordination and support for in person/online conferences, including presentation support for Tobacco Center counsel
- Prepare Excel spreadsheets and power point presentations to support attorneys
- Download, file and maintain Notices from the “Extranet” maintained by PwC, the Independent Auditor to the MSA
- Provide litigation and arbitration support services as needed, including conducting research using LexisNexis®, Pacer, and other legal databases
- Collect and summarize applicable state laws and legislative initiatives related to the MSA and/or of importance to the Tobacco Center
- Assemble, organize, and track states’ legal memoranda
- Maintain litigation calendar and tracking system
- Perform other Tobacco Center and NAAG tasks as assigned by counsel and the Tobacco Center Manager and Senior Legal Administrator based on the needs of the Association
- 1 – 2 years of professional, organizational experience in the nonprofit sector preferred.
- 4-year college degree required.
Salary range $42,500 – $45,000 commensurate with experience. NAAG offers a very generous benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, life/LTD, LTC and 401k retirement plan with an employer match and profit sharing.
Please provide cover letter and resume here. Applications received prior to December 27, 2021, will be given priority review. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
NAAG is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.