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Job Posting: Pension Solution Project Director

State Teachers' Retirement System

Pension Solution Project Director
C. E. A.

$12,028.00 - $13,657.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/17/2022

Job Description and Duties

This position has been upgraded to the CEA C level. The exam questions have been updated. If you previously applied to JC-304196, please reapply with an updated Statement of Qualifications to be considered.

A resume and statement of qualifications is required.

The CalSTRS Technology Services Division is seeking our next Pension Solution Project Director (CEA C).

We are looking for a proven leader with exceptional communication skills and experience implementing enterprise-wide initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in project management and technology services. An advanced degree or Project Management Professional Certification is preferred.

The Director should possess the following competencies:


  • Communicates effectively with vendors and coordinates the management of changes, issues and risks
  • Is committed to diversity of thought and is flexible to give and receive feedback
  • Proven experience with successful project completion through measurable goals and objectives
  • Experience tracking and reporting on budget expenditures and project progress
  • Promotes teamwork and cross-functional collaboration and communications in support of CalSTRS strategic plan and business goals
  • Makes clear and concise verbal and written presentations
  • Ability to anticipate risks and obstacles that may interfere with project completion
  • Knowledge of data conversion and data loading techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor contracts and agreements and ensure execution and implementation in accordance with contract requirements
If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Reach out to with any questions about the hiring process.

Relocation benefits may be available. 

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Pension Solution Project Director
    C. E. A.
    $12,028.00 - $13,657.00 C
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Yolo County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS proudly provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to California’s 976,000 public school educators and their families.

    We encourage you to join our world-class financial services institution and state agency. Our headquarters and member service centers located across the state feature sustainable construction, plenty of natural lighting and functionally-designed work spaces. At our LEED Platinum headquarters in West Sacramento, enjoy the full service cafe, free onsite fitness center, bicycle library and walks along the Sacramento River. In addition to state-of-the-art amenities, we offer thriving wellness and sustainability programs, an award-winning employee recognition program, and ongoing learning and development opportunities.

    CalSTRS COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

    Mandatory Testing
    Unvaccinated employees will be required to be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week prior to working on-site at a CalSTRS facility. Employees who wish to be exempt from mandatory testing must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 to Human Resources.

    COVID-19 Impacts to Working at CalSTRS
    CalSTRS is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 and ensuring our staff are supported in a safe work environment. Starting in the Spring of 2022, we will offer a hybrid approach including in-office and remote work solutions.

    Learn more about CalSTRS at culture on LinkedIn

    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    Background Investigation

    Prior to employment with CalSTRS, a background investigation (BI) will be conducted. The BI consists of a Personal History Statement and fingerprinting through the Department of Justice. The BI will check criminal and civil records and, if applicable, verify education, credit and check driving records.

    CalSTRS Disclosure Requirements 

    This position may be subject to disclosure and disqualification requirements concerning economic conflict of interest in government work, including the Conflict of Interest Code that applies to CalSTRS team members and the Political Reform Act, which require disclosure of certain investment information and use of a designated trading platform for securities transactions, as well as filing a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700).

    This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 7/17/2022

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    State Teachers' Retirement System
    Attn: Recruitment
    P.O. Box 15275, MS 31
    Sacramento, CA 95851-0275

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    State Teachers' Retirement System
    100 Waterfront Place
    West Sacramento, CA 95605
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications is required and serves as the exam for this position. See the Statement of Qualifications section for more info.
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of an evaluation of the candidate’s application, resume and Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) by a designated screening committee. The screening committee will use predetermined evaluation criteria derived from the knowledge, skills and abilities, and desirable qualifications listed on this announcement. Candidates should ensure they are thorough when describing their experience relative to the areas described. 

    The SOQ may also serve as documentation of the candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing, since this is a critical factor to successful job performance. The SOQ may be the only basis for the candidate’s final score and rank on the eligible list. Candidates will be ranked competitively, and each candidate will be notified in writing of their examination results.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    CalSTRS offers a competitive pay schedule and a work-life-balance for all its employees. The State of California provides comprehensive benefits packages determined by the employee’s bargaining unit and conditions of employment. Some benefits include:

    • Alternative work schedules
    • Flexible work hours
    • Remote work options
    • Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance
    • Paid holidays and a defined benefit retirement program
    • More than four weeks of vacation/sick leave for leaders
    • More than three weeks of vacation/sick leave for staff
    • Health insurance in retirement
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

    For the latest information on the benefits offered by the state of California, explore the Health Benefits Summary provided by CalHR.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    (916) 414-4990

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    EEO Officer
    (916) 414-4933
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Statement of Qualifications

    In addition to the required documentation, a Statement of Qualification (SOQ) must be submitted with your application. The SOQ must specifically address your education and experience as it relates to each item below. The SOQ must not exceed four pages, single-sided and double-spaced with 12 point Arial font. Failure to follow this format and the "Application Instructions" above may result in disqualification.

    The SOQ serves as the examination for this position. Please make sure your answers are as detailed as possible, including relevant examples and dates of employment.

    1. Experience in a senior leadership capacity that demonstrates strong management and leadership skills; the ability to think strategically and function effectively as a member of a senior management team; including substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies in support of organizational strategic objectives.

    2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and experience representing complex issues in relation to a enterprise-wide technology project, similar to the Pension Solution Project, to a wide range of audiences including Boards, committees, and executive management.

    3. Experience at the senior leadership level directing large enterprise-wide project duties such as planning, directing, and leading high-level project activities, working collaboratively with project stakeholders, and ensuring project goals are met within critical timelines.

    4. Experience at the senior leadership level and as a project lead participating in vendor contract negotiations, re-negotiations, and amendments, as well as timely monitoring vendor performance and promptly holding vendors accountable to meet contractual terms and conditions.


    • Electronic applications through your CalCareer account are highly recommended. If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail or drop off a hard copy of your application packet. Please provide the following information on your application: RPA 5851, 815-640-7500-901, and JC-304196
    • Candidate may be selected by application packet review only.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail