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Consultant, ERISA

Location:Dresher, PA
Level:Full Time
Category: Client Operations


Job Description Summary

Primary responsibilities include providing consulting services to Ascensus clients through Ascensus’ technical access service, providing in-house consulting, conducting seminars, technical research, analysis and special projects as assigned.

Job Description

Answer 1-800 QRP queues

Answer Helpdesk queues

Answer Advanced Helpdesk queues

Conduct Peer Call Reviews


Conduct presentations at the ERISA technical consulting meeting or other internal ERISA department training

Conduct internal advanced ERISA technical training (e.g., Advanced ERISA Focus Classes, live ERISA Edge)

Conduct QRP seminars and webinars

Conduct Fall Forum training

Course Development

Design, write, and update advanced internal or external training modules

Legal Retirement Plan Document Drafting

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of Ascensus retirement plan documents


Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of Ascensus retirement plan forms and notices

Draft or update qualified retirement plan forms or notices for use by financial organizations, sponsors and practitioners

Audit employer level qualified retirement plan document preparation

Propose customized text for employer level qualified retirement plan document preparation

Employer Plan Document Reviews

Audit and map prototype document for application in Plan Services Group/Document Compliance Services

Review, audit and map volume submitter plan documents for application in Plan Services Group/Document

Compliance Services

Audit and map specialty plan document and complex individually designed plans for application in Plan Services Group/Document Compliance Services

Compliance Audits

Independently conduct QRP compliance audits

Fee-for-Service Engagements (Corrections, Controlled Group Determinations, Determination Letter Filings)

Independently perform fee-for-service engagements

Independently perform advanced external fee-for-service consultations

Special Projects (IT, project management)

Work independently to act as subject matter expert for department/interdepartment projects

Independently manage small to medium size projects

Disputes, Policies, Inquiries and Subpoenas


Complete advanced QRP research projects and present advanced QRP research findings

Technical Writing

Write articles for publication in industry journals and publications

Legislation, Regulatory and Judicial Review

Analyze and interpret significant legislative, statutory, regulatory, or case law guidance

Determine the impact significant legislation, regulatory or case law guidance has to the retirement plan community and/or Ascensus products, services, and/or systems

Retirement Technical Knowledge (QRP and specialty plans (e.g., 403(b0, 457, DB, Cash Balance, ESOP, non-qualified, 409A))

Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of QRP and 403(b)

Demonstrate a functional knowledge of 457 plans

Demonstrate basic knowledge of the retirement industry including the applicable regulatory agencies (e.g., DOL and IRS)

Demonstrate basic knowledge of investment options in retirement plans (e.g., mutual funds, annuities and ETFs) and the associated regulatory agencies (e.g., SEC, FINRA, NAFCU, FDIC, OCC, OTS)

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of certain ancillary laws (e.g., securities, estate planning, banking, social security, Medicare, bankruptcy, e-sign)

Perform other duties and projects as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

External ASPPA Designations


External Financial Services Industry Designations

CFP, CTFA, CFA, CEBS preferred

Insurance or securities licenses preferred but will not be maintained

Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting or a related field REQUIRED

CPA, MBA, JD or PMP preferred

Consistently display and model the Ascensus core values and I-Client philosophy

Demonstrate intermediate proficiency in Outlook and MS Office software applications, specifically Word, Excel, and Power Point

Demonstrate basic proficiency in Access

Demonstrate excellent client service skills

Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and positive attitude

Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills

Accomplish detail oriented tasks within given timeframes and standards

Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks

Demonstrate excellent analytical and problem solving skills

Demonstrate sound business judgment and risk taking

Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills

Demonstrate excellent seminar training and presentation skills

This position may include 25%-40% travel

Ascensus is a place to have a career, not just a job. As the largest US independent retirement and college savings services provider, we put our focus on people.  Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity. When you join our team, you get to go to work every day knowing that you help over 6 million Americans save for retirement and college.


Ascensus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital or veteran status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Ascensus also takes affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified women, minorities, and covered veterans. Ascensus also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws


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What makes any career at Ascensus so rewarding?

  • Collaborative, idea-sharing environment
  • Professional development
    • In-house training
    • Tuition reimbursement
  • Generous reward programs
  • Paid time off (additional purchase plan)
  • Medical, dental & vision benefits
  • Health savings account (employer contribution up to $1,100)
  • 401(k) & 529 match programs
  • Volunteer/charitable-giving programs
  • Business casual dress
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