Our client, North Dakota Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (NDPERS), seeks an Executive Director (ED). NDPERS is the administrator of five 401(a) defined benefit pension plans, an optional 401(a) defined contribution retirement plan, a 457 deferred compensation plan, the State’s uniform group insurance program, and other benefit plans. NDPERS is located in downtown Bismarck, ND, employs a workforce of approximately 35 staff and has an annual administrative budget of $4.6M. The ED is appointed by and reports to a nine member Board of Trustees and is responsible for planning, organizing and managing the activities of NDPERS in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees under the statutes and rules governing NDPERS. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required; with an advanced degree in business or public administration or related field preferred. Significant successful leadership experience (5 or more years) in a complex organization of similar or larger size; preferably one involving retirement, health insurance or financial services, with strong customer service focus; along with a minimum of two years of supervisory & budgetary oversight will be viewed favorably. Certification as a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Certified Retirement Administrator (CRA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or comparable certification will distinguish the most attractive candidates. NDPERS does not manage its investment portfolio; investments are managed by the State Investment Board, a separate agency.