County of Alameda

Senior Investment Officer, ACERA (#1349)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - ACERA Classes (066)
$66.25-$86.14 Hourly / $5,300.00-$6,891.20 BiWeekly /
$11,483.33-$14,930.93 Monthly / $137,800.00-$179,171.20 Yearly

Under general direction, conducts complex research and analysis related to the retirement fund's investments; performs real estate program oversight; assists with the administration of investment programs; and performs related duties as required.


This single position classification reports to the Chief Investment Officer, ACERA. The Senior Investment Officer is distinguished from the Chief Investment Officer in that the latter focuses exclusively upon the maximization of return on investment of ACERA funds by the implementation of the ACERA investment program, whereas the Investment Officer is responsible for assisting in the various activities in the day-to-day functioning of the investment program.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Monitors external investment managers and vendors (eg. Investment consultants and custodian bank) for compliance with investment contracts, policy and guidelines; prepares and summarizes Exception reports for Chief Investment Officer’s review. Provides operational oversight of the investment managers and vendors.

2. Serves as a primary internal resource to the Chief Investment Officer in the oversight and management of the ACERA investment portfolio to achieve the investment goals stated in the ACERA Investment Policy.

3. Assists the Chief Investment Officer in successful implementation of the investment recommendations adopted by the Board of Retirement; monitor the progress of the implementation to ascertain that the above mentioned investment recommendations are on track. Provides exception report to CIO if appropriate.

4. Supervises and manages investment staff to successfully complete their investment duties as defined by ACERA. Acts as supervisor to all investment analysts and administrative staff.

5. Directs investment staff to analyze and research investment matters in accordance with ACERA’s policy and procedures. Conducts independent investment research and analyses of existing and prospective investment managers and vendors to evaluate their ongoing and potential contributions to the ACERA portfolio.

6. Provides oversight and is responsible for the operational needs of ACERA’s investment department including its monthly production and distribution for the Investment Committee Meeting, board Meeting and all ad-hoc meetings.

7. Conducts independent research and analyses of any investment-related matters deem appropriate by ACERA for an institutional investor such as ACERA.

8. Assists Chief Investment Officer in researching, preparing, reviewing and recommending any investment-related policies and procedures.


The equivalent of five years of full time experience in the classification of Investment Officer, ACERA.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Economics or in Business Administration with an emphasis in Investments, Finance, Economics, Real Estate or related field.


The equivalent of five years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in a financial institution, which has included some combination of financial research and analysis, report preparation, compliance monitoring, relationship and/or program management. This experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Highly Desirable:

• A Master's degree in Business Administration
• Certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Word processing, spreadsheets, database management and other computer applications.
• Statistical and computer techniques/programs applicable to financial data in evaluating investment managers and portfolios.
• Investment management procedures and practices.
• Principles of finance, statistics and administrative analysis.
• Statistical and computer techniques/programs applicable to financial data in evaluating investment managers and portfolios.
• Sources of data for analyzing securities and market trends.
• Diversified securities and available markets.
• Principles and practices of research methods and report preparation.
• The scientific method of solving problems.

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain professional relationships with members of the Retirement Board, ACERA staff, members of the Retirement Association, other governmental agencies, legal and investment professionals and consultants.
• Demonstrate skills and experience in supervising, evaluating and leading a diverse team of staff to motivate them to achieve the goals and mission of ACERA.
• Demonstrate experience and knowledge of principles of finance, statistics, investment analysis, research methods and report preparation.
• Evaluate external investment managers and consultants performance.
• Write clearly, concisely and persuasively about technical subject matter.
• Understand and assess the quality, accuracy and reliability of manager and consultant reports.
• Demonstrate knowledge, experience and skills in investment management, theories, principles, procedures and practices.
• Use spreadsheets and databases for analysis and presentation of information.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing and exhibit strong interpersonal skills.
• Plan, assign, direct and review the work of others on a project on day-to-day basis.
• Represent ACERA in meeting with others.
• Work effectively in situations involving change and uncertainty.
• Isolate critical investment data to assess financial risk of investment options.
• Problem solve.

Newspecs: 1349.doc
CSC Date: 1/9/13


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.