SDCERA is the pension plan for employees of the County of San Diego and four participating employers. SDCERA’s independent nine-member Board administers County pension system and has plenary authority over the pension plan, which has 44,810 members, and the Trust Fund assets, which total $12.5 billion. SDCERA employs 46 full-time professionals. The CEO administers Board policy, provides day-to-day leadership and management of SDCERA, and connects to/interacts with SDCERA’s members and key stakeholders. The CEO and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) are jointly accountable to the Board for investment decisions and reporting. The CEO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) work together to support the Audit Committee’s work. The ideal candidate will have outstanding communication and presentation skills and foster an environment of collaboration, team building and transparency across all levels. In addition, they will lead strategic planning to take SDCERA to the net level; bring a sense of stability to the organization; enhance operations; improve documentation; inspire, develop, train and empower staff; and implement succession planning. The successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable and open to others’ perspectives and opinions and will build and maintain positive relationships.
Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A graduate degree, law degree, or professional accreditation is a plus. The Board will evaluate CEO candidates based on two overarching capabilities: (1) the intellectual capacity to learn and master the core components of a public pension system and (2) the emotional intelligence to work for a diverse Board, lead and manage SDCERA staff, and create and develop positive relationships with SDCERA’s stakeholders. The Board welcomes nationwide candidates with these capabilities and proven track records of accomplishment from pension systems, banks and insurance companies, accounting and audit firms, technology companies, pension consulting and other related industries.