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Type of Role: InvestmentsResearch

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Salary: $197K - $213K

STRS Ohio is one of the nation’s leading retirement systems, serving about 500,000 active, inactive and retired Ohio public educators. Nearly two-thirds of STRS Ohio’s investment assets are managed internally by more than 100 Investment Department professionals. STRS Ohio’s investment returns for the one-, three-, five-, and 10-year time periods ending September 30, 2022, ranked in the top 25% of Callan’s Public Fund Sponsor Database of more than 200 public funds. STRS Ohio also outperformed its benchmark for each of these time periods.

General Summary:

Under the direction of the director, Asset Allocation and Strategy, conduct empirical research and quantitative analyses on portfolio construction, risk management, asset pricing and economics as they relate to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio) total fund investment strategy. Lead efforts on new initiatives pertaining to multi-asset research. Prepare and present articles, reports and commentaries on assigned topics and research findings.

Summary of Responsibilities Grade 312 and Grade 314:

  • Conduct timely quantitative research applied to asset pricing, portfolio management and economics to support development and implementation of STRS Ohio’s investment strategies with a goal of meeting the long-term performance objectives of the total fund and asset classes.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Annual Investment Plan by providing research support from a multi-asset perspective.
  • Develop and maintain multi-asset and multi-strategy return and risk models in support of total fund management.
  • Collaborate with Investment staff to develop and evaluate portfolio strategies by deploying quantitative methods and optimization techniques.
  • Monitor and evaluate economic, political and market trends and advise management and staff of significant issues and the effect on investment strategy.
  • Assist with the execution of portfolio rebalancing and develop research agenda.
  • Provide training, education and guidance on multi-asset and portfolio management topics.
  • Travel, not to exceed 10% of work time, including attending seminars, conferences, investment meetings and financial analyst meetings, in addition to offsite due diligence of investments or meeting with external managers and STRS Ohio Retirement Board advisers.
  • Prepare and present special projects as directed.

The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the persons so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision.

Summary of Qualifications Grade 312 and Grade 314:

  • Master’s degree in business administration; emphasis in finance, economics, or a quantitatively oriented field required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Five to ten years of demonstrated experience performing investment, portfolio management or economics research required.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder preferred.
  • Familiarity in relevant programming languages and analytical frameworks (e.g., Python, R, MATLAB, SQL, etc.).
  • Ability to conduct research, analyze trends and make recommendations to senior management required.
  • Proven expertise in applying quantitative methods to economic and financial data.  (Grade 314)