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CalPERS Recruiting for Chief Information Officer

The state employees’ retirement system is “seeking a dynamic, innovative leader” for the technology that runs the nation’s largest public pension fund. The position allows for partial remote work and includes a possible incentive award of up to 15 percent of annual salary.

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The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has opened recruitment for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment).

The CIO directs the overall administration of the Information Technology Services Branch for CalPERS. The position provides executive direction and oversight to three divisions: the Technology Business Management Division, the Technology Infrastructure Services Division, and the Enterprise Solutions Development Division.

“The CIO plays a critical role in setting strategic IT direction and policies that align with the enterprise business goals and objectives and mitigate technological risk,” according to the forthcoming job posting, which will be posted on the state’s CalCareers site.

CalPERS, based in downtown Sacramento, is “seeking a dynamic, innovative leader” for the technology that runs the nation’s largest public pension fund. Applicants should have at least 10 years’ experience in executive management. This position is eligible for partial remote work.

Key responsibilities for the CIO include:
  • Makes broad policy recommendations regarding IT impacting all CalPERS programs, operations and services.
  • Is responsible for strategic planning, IT and information security policy development and review, and creation of long-range information systems plans.
  • Researches and develops new IT products and facilities for CalPERS programs.
  • As assigned, represents CalPERS with the Department of Finance and the Legislature on technology issues.
  • Provides consultation and advice to high-level program managers, executive staff and the CalPERS Board of Administration.

CalPERS offers alternate work schedules and flexible hours, on-site child care, and an on-site fitness center and café.

The monthly salary range for the CIO position is $10,831 to $14,274, and an incentive award of up to 15 percent of annual salary is also available. Applicants must complete a Statement of Qualifications and may be subject to certain other requirements of the position. The recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled.

The successful candidate will succeed Christian Farland, who was CalPERS’ CIO from February 2018 through last month before leaving that role for a client executive position with HiPER Solutions of San Francisco.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.