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Deferred Compensation Plan Officer

We are looking for a Deferred Compensation Plan Officer to provide management and oversight of the KPERS 457 Deferred Compensation and the KPERS 401(a) plans. This is an executive level position serving on the KPERS Executive Team participating in all major decisions affecting the System. We offer competitive benefits and salary. The salary range for this position is $69,490 to $100,760, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them a lifetime benefit when they retire. Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common – serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

Managers and oversees activities, processes, policies and procedures for the State of Kansas Deferred Compensation Plan (KPERS 457) and the Kansas Supplemental Defined Contribution Plan (KPERS 401(a)). Assures plans are administered in accordance with plan documents and in compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Responsible for strategic planning of all phases of the KPERS 457 and 401(a) plans, with a focus on improving retirement readiness for all eligible employees and coordination of the plans with KPERS’ pension benefits, as well as fulfilling KPERS’ fiduciary role, ensuring IRS compliance, and related operational, policy and business decisions that affect the Plans.  

Develops and prepares agenda for Deferred Compensation Committee and KPERS Board meetings, develops materials and/or oversees and coordinates preparation of materials by consultant and service provider. Presents and reports to the Committee and to the Board of Trustees.

Works with the System’s General Counsel in regularly reviewing and drafting amendments to plan documents, trust agreements, and other Plan related legal documents.

Collaborates with consultant regarding recommended updates and amendments to investment policy statement and investment menu structure; review and monitoring of investment performance; and selection and replacement of funds in accordance with investment policy statement guidelines.

Monitors KPERS 457 and 401(a) administrative fee revenues and unallocated plan asset account assets, and in consultation with the Executive Director and Chief Fiscal Officer, recommends adjustments as needed.

Oversees, evaluates and monitors the performance of the plan record keeper and consultants to ensure compliance with KPERS 457 and KPERS 401(a) plan provisions, contracts and fee arrangements. Responsible for the development of requests for proposal and contract negotiations with current/new vendors. 

Coordinates scheduling of audits and ensuring prompt, accurate responses to auditor requests and implementing responses and corrective/preventive actions.

Works with Communications to develop and analyzes data to identify communication/education needs consistent with strategic plan goals and an annual communication plan to achieve those goals.

Develops and implements strategies for assessing employee and employer satisfaction and providing opportunities for feedback to evaluate the effectiveness or future areas for improvement. 

Develops strategies to enhance the understanding of public employers and employees of KPERS’ role in administering the plans and the manner in which they complement KPERS’ pension benefits.

Responsible for monitoring, evaluating, resolving and responding to complaints from employers and participants. Performs other duties and special projects as assigned in order to meet the objectives of KPERS. For a complete position description email [email protected].

Benefits

  • Health, Dental, & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree in business, public or benefits administration from a four-year college. Master’s degree in one of these areas is preferred. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Experience Required

Five years of experience in planning, organizing and directing the work of a department, program or agency, preferably in a retirement income and planning or personal financial planning setting. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of core retirement income and planning and personal financial planning concepts
  • Ability to understand the role of retirement benefits in human resources management
  • Ability to interpret technical guidelines, state and federal policies, regulations, statues, and directives
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and effectively communicate key features of large amounts of complex data in concise form.
  • Ability to analyze data and apply problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to recommend and evaluate objectives for delivery of services
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows and office software (i.e., Excel, Word)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.

To Apply

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All of the following steps must be completed.

    • STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/job/applicant-data. (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)
    • STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply. Submit your online application to the Ks Public Employees Retirement System (listed under R for Retirement System). Use requisition number 188332.
    • STEP 3: Submit all additional required documents to Julie Baker, 611 S Kansas Ave, Suite 100, Topeka, KS  66603, fax: 785-380-2103 or e-mail to [email protected]
      • Required Documents
        • Resume
        • Cover letter
        • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate - must not be expired (see below)
    • All required documents must be submitted or your application will be considered incomplete and may result in ineligibility.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. To begin the process of obtaining your Tax Clearance Certificate, click here.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.  KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.

 

Investment Controller

We are looking for an Investment Controller to oversee and manage the Investment Accounting Unit. This is a full time position with competitive benefits and a starting salary of $80,358 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them a lifetime benefit when they retire. Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common – serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

The Investment Controller is responsible for the direct supervision of staff within the Investment Accounting Unit and must establish and maintain a positive and effective team environment conducive to collaboration, communication and high morale. This position works closely with KPERS Investment Division staff to coordinate activities, systems utilization and personnel responsibilities.  In addition to a background in investment accounting, incumbent should have an understanding of securities processing, characteristics, and their function in portfolio theory. Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for development, oversight and maintenance of auditing standards and practices regarding transaction and balance reconciliations of all investment managers and KPERS custodial bank
  • Evaluates all new and existing systems by examining outputs, balances and transactions to identify control weaknesses and policy deviations. 
  • Responsible for development of technical requirements to enhance existing systems, integration of new or existing sub-systems and the acquisition or development of new systems. 
  • Designs, develops and oversees the production of standard and non-standard accounting reports.  Investment portfolio reports such as cost, cash, budgets, trend and productivity analysis, actual-to-expected deviations, and to predict the effects of changes on operations and systems. Reports such as cash forecasts reflect the interrelation of accounting, cost budgeting and market variability factors; identifies trends or deviations from standard; evaluates and predicts the effects of changes in programs/systems/policies; identifies management information needs and refines account structures or reports accordingly.
  • Provides accounting schedules of expenditures and projections to the CFO regarding the development and allocation of funds regarding investment activities for the System’s annual budget. 
  • Responsible for proper accounting and reporting of the KPERS portfolio assets in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statements. Works with staff and coordinates with the CFO to provide investment portfolio information to the outside auditing firm in KPERS annual audit, as required by state statute. 
  • Reviews and approves investment portfolio related financial schedules and necessary accrual/encumbrance and adjusting entries.  Investment portfolio information is an integral portion of the financial section of the KPERS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). 
  • For a detailed position description, please contact Human Resources at (785) 296-1476 or email [email protected].

Benefits

  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

An undergraduate degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree in business, finance or accounting is preferred. 

Experience Required

Five years of professional accounting experience is required. At least three years of supervisory experience is preferred. The System prefers work experience related to investment accounting.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows and office software (i.e., Excel, Word);
  • Proficiency working with computer record systems for integration and accounting control;
  • Knowledge of all variations of investment vehicles and investment industry processes and requirements;
  • Knowledge of General Ledger system structure and maintenance;
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and standards;
  • Ability to analyze data and apply problem-solving techniques;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization;
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and team environment;
  • Ability to organize and clearly express information in concise form;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • In compliance with federal law, must be able to provide documentation verifying eligibility to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Applications accepted until the position is filled. All of the following steps must be completed.

  • STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/job/applicant-data. (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)
  • STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply. Submit your online application to the Ks Public Employees Retirement System (listed under R for Retirement System). Use requisition number 188695.
  • STEP 3: Submit all additional required documents to Julie Baker, 611 S Kansas Ave, Suite 100, Topeka, KS  66603, fax: 785-380-2103 or e-mail to [email protected]
    • Required Documents
      • Resume
      • Cover letter
      • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate - must not be expired (see below)
  • All required documents must be submitted or your application will be considered incomplete and may result in ineligibility.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate:

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. To begin the process of obtaining your Tax Clearance Certificate, click here.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.  KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.

Chief Information Officer

We are looking for a Chief Information Officer to oversee the Information Technology Division. This is a full-time, executive level position with competitive benefits and starting salary of $94,823 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them a lifetime benefit when they retire. Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common – serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

The Accounting Specialist assists designated agents from the System’s affiliated employers with remitting contributions and reporting salary information to KPERS. Responsible for answering phone calls on the Fiscal Services 1-800 number. Requires an in-depth knowledge of KPERS Integrated Technology System (KITS), KPERS statutes, rules, policies and procedures. This position has frequent contact with other staff in the agency and representatives from affiliated employers. For a detailed position description, please contact Human Resources at (785) 296-1476 or email [email protected].

The Chief Information Officer is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the Retirement System's technology and information resources.  They perform a variety of complex administrative, supervisory and management functions in directing the information technology needs of the Retirement System. The Chief Information Officer's duties encompass all information technology functions of the Retirement System, including information processing, software, electronic records, mobile devices and security. This position serves as a member of the Retirement System's senior management team, participating in major decisions.  Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the efficient and effective administration of all Retirement System communication and information processing technology.  That technology includes, but is not limited to, a Windows server environment with a web based enterprise application, personal computers, various networks linked to external data sources, and a records imaging system. 
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of annual short- and long-range information technology plans.  Collects, interprets, and prepares information for studies, reports, and recommendations.  Completes and submits all required external reports on Information Resource operations and projects in a timely manner.  Prepares and submits periodic internal management reports on Information Resources operations and coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Develops and maintains an organizational framework that promotes system operations, system maintenance, and new systems development, to supply both end-user computing needs and information resources in a way that maximizes benefits for the Retirement System.
  • Manages and supervises assigned personnel to achieve department goals; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; oversees training, motivation, and evaluation of assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed; oversees and manages a diverse group of information technology staff members; maintains harmony among staff members and resolves grievances.
  • Develops standards and guidelines for the Retirement System's compliance with the comprehensive statewide information technology system.
  • Prepares and maintains statements of essential policies and procedures to ensure proper documentation and communication of necessary controls.
  • Direct the implementation of security procedures and security devices to protect the KPERS network. Directs the implementation and maintenance of the Retirement System's data and voice communication systems.  Provides support for the worldwide web site and related Internet and Intranet sites and services.
  • Formulates Information Resources departmental budget in cooperation with other agency officials and department heads.
  • Ensures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to ensure sound fiscal control; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Evaluates all contracts for computer and communication technology hardware, software, and services. Interact with contractors utilized by KPERS to assist in the work effort.
  • For a detailed position description, please contact Human Resources at (785) 296-1476 or email [email protected].

 

Benefits

  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Infants at Work Program
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in information technology, management information services, computer science or a closely related field. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Experience Required

Five (5) years of progressively responsible related experience, including significant management and supervisory experience. Education may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of information technology and data and voice communications systems. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the following: modern electronic data processing theory, principles, and practices; management information systems; enterprise relational data base, object oriented n-tiered applications; and local area/wide area networks (LAN/WAN). 
  • Ability to quickly assess situations and proposals for benefit, liability or threat.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and comply with State of Kansas regulations, policies, statutes, and legislative directives
  • Understanding of the ways in which information technology can be applied within the agency and should demonstrate initiative
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff members
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization and the general public
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and team environment.
  • Ability to direct a variety of projects and to efficiently and effectively manage time and resources. 
  • Commitment to customer service.
  • In compliance with federal law, must be able to provide documentation verifying eligibility to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All of the following steps must be completed.

  • STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/job/applicant-data. (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)
  • STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply. Submit your online application to the Ks Public Employees Retirement System (listed under R for Retirement System). Use requisition number 188696.
  • STEP 3: Submit all additional required documents to Julie Baker, 611 S Kansas Ave, Suite 100, Topeka, KS  66603, fax: 785-380-2103 or e-mail to [email protected]
    • Required Documents
      • Resume
      • Cover letter
      • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate - must not be expired (see below)
  • All required documents must be submitted or your application will be considered incomplete and may result in ineligibility.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate:

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. To begin the process of obtaining your Tax Clearance Certificate, click here.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.  KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.

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