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Pension Industry Careers: Job Listings, Hiring, and Retirement Announcements

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Pension Industry Careers: Job listings, Hiring, and Retirement Announcements


December 2022 Pension Industry Careers: Job LIstings, Hiring, and Retirement Announcements

NCPERS regularly highlights the latest industry job listings, new hires, and retirement announcements on behalf of its member pension funds, stakeholders, and service providers. 

If your company has news about its staff or is looking to hire, please send announcements to for consideration. 

Public Pension Job Listings

Fairfax County Retirement Systems

The Fairfax County Retirement System is hiring a Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director to the Retirement Boards, leads the Membership Services, Retiree Services, Technology, Investment Operations, and Accounting teams in delivery of quality customer service to the 30,000 employee and retiree members of Fairfax County's three defined benefit pension systems; provides staff support to the three Retirement Boards; serves as a change agent in improving service to customers and streamlining operations; improves the agency's data systems and financial management practices; and performs related work as required.


The Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for supervising staff who, among other things:

  • Counsel and assist general county, schools, police, firefighter, deputy sheriff, and other public safety employee members in their transition from employment to retirement
  • Pay and provide support to retired members

  • Maintain and support users of pension administrative software, other applications, and related computer and network hardware

  • Manage and monitor investment back-office systems and processes

  • Budget for, process, reconcile, and report on financial transactions and activities

The ideal candidate will have the following demonstrated and proven skills and experience:

  • Leading, empowering, organizing, motivating, and directing staff

  • Assisting staff and teammates in achievement of goals, resolving conflicts, and working together effectively

  • Working with data to improve operations, gauge performance, and provide transparency

  • Leading major change efforts, including but not limited to implementation of software systems

  • Managing projects, using standard project management practices and methods

  • Working with public entity and/or governmental Boards

  • Fostering innovation

  • Assisting in actuarial valuations and related activities, including the provision of quality and accurate member data used in determining funding needed

  • Using software to create reports, spreadsheets, and presentation materials

  • Communicating effectively; both in writing and verbally

Learn more and apply here.

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is seeking a Deputy Chief Investment Officer. LACERA is headquartered in Pasadena, CA.

In this newly staffed role, the Deputy Chief Investment Officer (Deputy CIO) reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer as part of the senior leadership team in Investments. This role has responsibility for assisting the Chief Investment Officer in the planning, organization, and direction of all operations of LACERA's Investment Office for the administration of the pension fund. The Deputy CIO oversees the Principal Investment Officers in the overall investments and administration of the Investment Office.

Learn more about the responsibilities, qualifications, and benefits here.

To apply please send your resume to Tamara at

Public Pension Hiring and Retiring Announcements

Hawaii Employees' Retirement System
Kristin Varela was named chief investment officer of the Hawaii Employees' Retirement System, Honolulu, effective January 17, the $22 billion pension fund announced. Ms. Varela was most recently deputy CIO and interim CIO at the $17 billion New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association, Sante Fe. 

Missouri Lagers

The Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) has announced the hiring of Bill Betts as the system's next Executive Director following the retirement of current director, Robert Wilson. Betts will assume his new role on January 3, 2023.
Betts currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director, Operations for the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Systems. Betts previously held the role of chief technology officer and has been with the PSRS/PEERS systems since 2015.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve LAGERS, the members, and the covered employers as executive director,” Betts said.  “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and the Board of Trustees to continue the tradition of exceptional service to all stakeholders while also ensuring retirement security for our members.”
Prior to joining PSRS/PEERS, Betts served as the Director of Information Technology and Finance for the city of Jefferson. He is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, with a degree in computer information systems, and is also certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Betts has additionally served in numerous volunteer roles including serving as a member of the Jefferson City Fire Pension Board, as chairperson for the Jefferson City TIF Commission, and as treasurer of the National Public Retirement and Information Systems Management Board.


Sarah Swoboda, of Jefferson City, MO, has been named chief operating officer for the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) effective December 19, 2022.

She replaces Bill Betts, who leaves the position to assume the role of executive director for the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) effective January 3, 2023.

Swoboda, who has served as PSRS/PEERS' general counsel since November 2018, joined the Retirement Systems as staff attorney in July 2017. She also served as interim director of member services from April to October 2018.

“Sarah has made great contributions to PSRS/PEERS in her previous roles here,” said Executive Director Dearld Snider. “We are confident she will continue to demonstrate leadership and look forward to working with her in her new position.”

While general counsel, Ms. Swoboda provided legal advice and assistance to the Board of Trustees and administrative personnel and served as a liaison between the Retirement Systems and outside legal counsel retained by the Board of Trustees.

As chief operating officer, she will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Retirement Systems and act in an advisory capacity to the PSRS/PEERS executive director and Board.


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