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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/13
Posting End Date: 2024/02/27
Category: Management
Sub Category: Accounting and Finance
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 135,000.00
Maximum Salary: 145,000.00
Pay Rate Type: Annual Salary

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Deputy Director 

Application materials will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission. 

The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) is seeking a Deputy Director to join our team. Headquartered in Boise, PERSI is a public pension fund with approximately $22 billion in assets and 170,000 members at 875 public employers in Idaho. PERSI's mission is to provide a sound retirement system and high-quality service and education to help Idaho public employees build a secure retirement. Our vision is to be the premier public retirement system, respected by customers, peers, and the community, and known for professional service, technological advancement, and fund stability. 

Deputy Director Purpose:  Plan, organize, direct and control the internal operations of PERSI under the direction of the Executive Director; act as chief assistant to the Director and manage special projects as assigned.

Key Responsibilities: 

Operations Management - Responsible for the management of internal operations of PERSI including answer center, processing center, information systems, fiscal (including employer support center), Defined Contribution plan program and communications; 

  • Supervision: hire, assign, supervise and evaluate the staff and functions of the organizational units; develop and promote a team environment with all staff, especially executive staff; work through subordinate supervisors to manage operations and ensure coordinated organizational and strategic planning efforts; promote and maintain a high level of customer service, both internal and external; 
  • Policy: develop and implement strategic plans and operating policy within PERSI; provide policy and management direction to staff; establish controls to assure efficiency, productivity and fiscal accountability; maintain the staff performance evaluation system and evaluate the direct reports; maintain a thorough knowledge of PERSI Base and Choice plans, Firefighters Retirement Fund and Police statutes, rules, policies, procedures, and plan design; assure consistency of benefits policy and application of those policies to administrative operations; work with legal counsel, and actuary on policy and administrative questions; 
  • Resources: participate in the development of the agency budget and assure it meets the specified goals; coordinate resource allocation to organizational units and determines effective performance goals of operational functions; 

Assistant to the Director - Act for the Director, in his/her absence; with the Director, participate in the PERSI legislative program by performing research, report development and testimony before committees, as needed; with the Director, meet with various employer, employee and retiree constituent groups to discuss PERSI issues and to provide information; maintain necessary working relationship with Board members; summarize data and statistics into charts and reports that explain benefits, trends and demographics of the system; participate as a member of PERSI executive staff and conduct staff meetings; conduct research of other public retirement systems in comparison to PERSI; keep the Director apprised of status of operations; 

Special Projects - Responsible for the overall planning effort to manage large comprehensive special projects assigned by the Director; project management and coordination of major projects such as re-engineering and information systems projects; coordination of broad membership communications and education efforts; perform research and feasibility studies on various items of interest to the Director and Board; keep informed on latest events in the retirement industry; may work with and coordinate the actuarial services on various projects; conduct on-going studies including assessment of service levels, internal controls, productivity and staff development.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Considerable knowledge of organizational management principles and practices. 
  • Knowledge of employee benefits plans and administrative practices. 
  • Knowledge of accounting practices including budget development and monitoring. 
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques for development of oral presentations. 

Demonstrated ability to: 

  • Manage an organizational unit and professional staff. 
  • Read, interpret and apply provisions of law and rules to various situations. 
  • Development and application of operational policies and guidelines. 
  • Review and understand accounting statements, budget development and budget monitoring statements. 
  • Develop and make technical presentations to groups of various levels of understanding. 
  • Manage multi-faceted, comprehensive projects. 

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate degree in management, business, accounting, or a related field. 
  • Five years of management experience with retirement system experience desirable. 
  • Knowledge of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution benefit plans. 
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to administration of public retirement systems. 
  • Knowledge of information technology capabilities and applications. 
  • Ability to research issues and analyze data to arrive at valid conclusions, recommendations and plans of action. 
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with members, associates and the general public. 
  • Ability to effectively manage the activities of a professional and line staff through subordinate supervisors. 
  • Ability to promote and maintain high level of customer service. 
  • Ability to establish clear, measurable goals and objectives and actively lead toward accomplishment of the organization’s mission and major agency-wide programs. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, detailed resume, and at least three references (include reference name, title, and telephone number) by the closing date to: [email protected] 

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process. 

PERSI's Mission: To provide our members and their beneficiaries with reliable, secure, long-term retirement, survivor and disability benefits as specified by law.

This position is eligible for the PERSI benefits package, including: 

  • Excellent low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance 
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) 
  • Paid parental leave Eleven paid holidays per year 
  • PERSI retirement, one of the nation's best state retirement systems 
  • Multiple savings plans Life insurance 
  • A healthy work/life balance 
  • Wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities; and more
  • For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.