School Employees Retirement System of Ohio, Columbus, is looking for a hedge fund consultant as the $11 billion plan ventures into hedge funds for the first time. The search follows the systems decision in February to allocate up to 10% to hedge funds, starting with an investment between $400 million and $500 million, said Judi Masri, investment officer of equities. The firm will continue to use Summit Strategies as its general investment consultant. The RFP is available at the plans website, www.ohsers.org. A notice of intent, sent by e-mail to [email protected] or faxed to 614-222-5930, is due April 6, and proposals are due at 4 p.m. EDT April 23. Plan officials hope to make a selection by July.