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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Houston, Texas

Salary: $99K - $156K

$900mm RIA in Houston Texas serving oil and corporate executives. If you’re anything like the typical corporate executive, you probably have questions about your benefits and wonder if there’s more you could be doing with them. We’re here to help you understand each offering and maximize the elections available to you in coordination with the rest of your financial plan.

Reporting to the President, the Associate Portfolio Manager – Alternatives will be responsible for evaluating, analyzing, and executing investments in non-traditional asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, private credit and real estate.

Why Willis Johnson & Associates?
Willis Johnson & Associates is a fast growing, award winning, wealth management firm specializing in corporate executives and professionals. We help our clients optimize everything in their personal financial lives from compensation and benefit strategy to tax mitigation, from retirement planning to investments. We also have an in-house CPA team to provide tax preparation for our clients. And with everything we recommend, we put our clients first—all the time, every time. No product sales. No commissions. Straight fee-only financial planning and asset management.

The same way we take care of our clients, we invest in our team. Aside from providing a very competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability/life insurance, 401(k), and PTO, we pride ourselves in supporting personal and professional growth. We encourage and incentivize continued education for all employees and support their participation in educational conferences and events. WJA is also proud to be one of the Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors by Investment News multiple years in a row.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Research and Due Diligence:
    • Guided by the firm’s investment philosophy, conduct thorough research on various alternative investments; make recommendations on which funds should be included in firm’s recommended offerings.
    • Evaluate potential investment opportunities by assessing their risk-return profiles, liquidity, and alignment with client objectives.
    • Evaluate the track record, strategy, and operational aspects of fund managers associated with alternative investments.
    • Perform ongoing due diligence to ensure the continued suitability and performance of selected fund managers.
  • Portfolio Analysis:
    • Analyze existing portfolios to identify opportunities for incorporating alternative investments and optimizing overall asset allocation. Make recommendations on weighting of securities within portfolios.
    • Determine optimal rebalancing between alternatives securities and public securities.
    • Assess the impact of alternative investments on portfolio performance.
    • Provide regular updates on the performance of existing alternative investments and their impact on overall portfolio strategy for the weekly Investment Committee Meeting.
  • Compliance and Reporting:
    • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards related to alternative investments.
    • Prepare comprehensive reports for internal and external stakeholders, summarizing performance, risk metrics, and outlook for alternative investments.
    • Communicate complex investment strategies and recommendations to advisors for education.
  • Client Education:
    • Prepare written and visual material for clients to better understand what alternatives they own and why they own them.
    • As subject matter expert on alternatives, be prepared to educate advisory team as well as clients on firm’s recommended holdings and outlook.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required;
  • Master’s Degree, CIMA®, CFA® or CAIA preferred.
  • 2+ years of proven experience analyzing alternative investments.
  • Logical decision-making skills with the ability to identify key drivers and efficiently, effectively assess the risk/reward of investments.
  • Ability to translate research into actionable ideas for client portfolios.
  • Team player who seeks tasks/projects through to completion in a timely manner.
  • Proficient technology skills, including MS Office (Excel), CRM and internal portal technology.
    • Experience with iCapital, CAIS, or other alternative investment platform a plus.

What We Offer

  • Work/Life Balance.
  • Flexibility to work from where you are most comfortable – at home or in the office, except for required client and department meetings.
  • Collaborative, Positive Teammates
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Autonomy in Your Role
  • Professional Development
  • Rewarding Work That Matters

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary range: $90,000 – $120,000/year, plus 10-30% discretionary performance bonus paid out bi-annually.
    • Total Compensation with Bonus = $99,000 – $156,000.
  • 401(k) plan with opportunity to earn up to 7% the first year and 10% with tenure.
  • Best and brightest leaders will have opportunities to buy into and become owners in the firm over time.
  • 26 Paid Days Off, consisting of 15 PTO days and 11 market holidays
  • Employer paid Health/Dental/Vision insurance premiums for individuals and families.
  • Employer HSA contributions
  • Employer paid Life and Long-Term Disability