4331 Security Analyst (ESG Investment Analyst)

Recruitment #PBT-4331-088805


Receipt of applications may close at anytime, but not before Friday, September 14, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System has an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate to work for this historic, well established City Department offering an opportunity to engage in interesting and rewarding mission critical work. Established in 1889 as a fund for families and orphans of firefighters and police officers, today the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System serves more than 71,000 active and retired employees of the City and County of San Francisco and their survivors.

Our Mission

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is dedicated to securing, protecting and prudently investing the pension trust assets, administering mandated benefits programs, and providing promised benefits to the active and retired members of the City and County of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), a $24 billion public defined benefit pension trust, currently seeks qualified candidates for the position of Investment Analyst to assist in the management of SFERS’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) programs. Under direction, analyzes and monitors ESG trends and issues affecting capital markets, specific industries, and individual companies. Conducts independent research on ESG and corporate governance policies, assists in due diligence of external managers, and monitors ongoing ESG performance of the SFERS portfolio. Assists in researching, preparing for, and conducting proxy voting and shareholder engagement activities. Submits reports and recommendations to superiors for actions, assists in annual reporting process, and performs related duties as required.

Essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assist in analyzing ESG risks and opportunities that may affect the SFERS portfolio.
  2. Prepare reports on emerging ESG-related regulation, public policy, and other trends in the market related to ESG investing.
  3. Perform regular ESG due diligence on existing contract investment managers.
  4. Provide ESG analysis and written reports to support investment recommendations and performance reports.
  5. Assist in securing relevant quantitative data and information on ESG subject matter.
  6. Assist in executing proxy votes according to voting guidelines.
  7. Assist in periodic assessment and reporting of cross organizational ESG activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with major coursework in economics, business, finance, banking or closely related field; AND
  2. Three (3) years of relevant investment experience with a major financial institution, consulting organization, pension fund, endowment or foundation including experience monitoring and measuring performance within institutional portfolios and the capital markets; developing quantitative applications to analyze and monitor public and/or private investments including the qualitative skills for assessment and recommendations; AND
  3. Computer proficiency including Windows-based software for database management, word processing, spreadsheets and investment-related software such as Bloomberg, Morningstar, Albourne, Barra, Risk Metrics, StyleAdvisor, StyleResearch, Mercer, and Wilshire.


  1. Possession of a Graduate Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Environmental Management or related field may substitute minimum qualifications #1.
  2. Possession of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and a baccalaureate degree in a different field may substitute minimum qualifications #1.
  3. One additional year of relevant investment experience as described above under minimum qualifications #2 and a baccalaureate degree in a different field may substitute for minimum qualifications #1.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Possession of a Graduate Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Environmental Management or related field.
  • Possession or in the process of completing a Certified Public Accountant license, the Chartered Financial Analyst program and/or a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst program.
  • Three (3) years of experience in conducting fundamental ESG research, evaluating ESG performance of external investment managers in public equity, fixed income, or private market strategies.
  • Computer proficiency including Windows-based software for database management, word processing, spreadsheets (Excel), and investment-related software such as MSCI ESG Manager, Sustainalyitcs, and S&P Trucost.
  • Proficiency in one or more computer programming languages, such as Python, SQL, Java, or R.
  • Five (5) years of relevant investment experience as described under minimum qualifications #2.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the job announcement PBT-4331-088805
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Grace Tam, by telephone at 415-487-7028, or by email at Grace.Tam@sfgov.org.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation: (Weight: 100%)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Knowledge of: ESG risks and opportunities for all major asset classes, markets, and sectors; sources of ESG data and information for conducting analysis; state, national, and international policies around ESG and sustainable finance; mechanisms through which ESG issues affect financial and operating performance of companies; basic principles and methods of accounting and finance for business; and stock, bond and real estate investment strategies and market evaluations and operations.  Ability to: analyze ESG and financial data and situations and make sound recommendations based on such analysis; isolate critical ESG data in evaluating industries and securities; conduct ESG performance evaluation of contract investment managers; prepare reports and make oral presentations; and establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with financial professionals and coworkers.

A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process. The department may administer additional selection procedures upon certification in order to make a final hiring decision.


Candidates’ scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.


Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List: The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Issued: September 10, 2018

Recruitment No.: 088805
Micki Callahan, Director
Team: RET/GT (415) 487-7028


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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