Chief Executive Officer
The State of Iowa seeks a Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS) to lead IPERS in its mission of administering a cost-efficient retirement plan that provides lifetime pension payments to public employees and serves to attract and retain a quality workforce.
IPERS administers a defined benefit retirement system for public employees of the State of Iowa and all political subdivisions. IPERS is a cost sharing, multiple employer, public employee retirement system providing retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for over 360,000 members and $34 billion in trust fund assets.
IPERS is an independent agency within the executive branch of state government. The CEO is appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Iowa Senate, and serves a four-year term. The CEO performs under the general direction of the Governor and with accountability to the Legislature, the IPERS Investment Board which is statutorily designated as the trustee of the system and trust fund, and the Benefits Advisory Committee which is charged with advice to the legislature as to the administration of benefits and the adequacy of the benefit plan. The CEO's salary is set by the IPERS Investment Board.
The CEO is responsible for the strategic direction, planning and leadership of IPERS. The ideal candidate will have excellent communications skills with a positive track record of aligning others around a common mission of providing excellent customer service to members in a cost-effective manner. This individual will have the ability to make high level decisions and implement operational policy and strategic plans. The individual will be adept at leading, motivating and supporting employees, and implementing well-thought-out organizational change to drive continuous improvement. The position manages a current administrative budget of $18.2 million and oversees a staff of 90 employees.
While serving in office, the CEO is prohibited from holding any other public office, being a member of a political committee, participating in a political campaign, being a candidate for a partisan elective office, or contributing to a political campaign fund, except that the CEO may designate on the checkoff portion of the federal income tax return a party or parties to which a contribution is made pursuant to the checkoff.
Salary and Benefits:
Annual salary of $144,144 to $205,150, depending on experience. As an employee of IPERS, you are eligible for the State of Iowa comprehensive benefits package that includes the following and more:
Insurance – Health, Dental, Life and Long-Term Disability
Paid time off – Nine paid holidays, plus vacation and sick leave which accrue on your first day of employment
IPERS – A lifetime monthly benefit for vested employees. The State contributes a percentage on your behalf
Retirement Investors' Club (RIC) – A voluntary retirement savings program including a State match of up to $75/month
To find out more: https://das.iowa.gov/human-resources/benefits-glance
Expected start date is May 1, 2020
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with an emphasis in business or public administration is required; a J.D., M.B.A., M.P.A. or other post-graduate degree related to pension plan administration is preferred. Five years of full-time progressively more responsible management work with a pension system, which includes demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of pension fund administration, including financial management, investment asset management, benefit design and delivery, legal administration, and operations administration.
For consideration please submit the following to Melinda McElroy at [email protected]: • Resume • Three business references • Cover letter that summarizes how your experience is a good match for the position of IPERS' CEO and that identifies what you see as several key issues facing IPERS.