INVESTMENT OFFICER – REAL ESTATE
Created in 1797 by the State Legislature, the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) is charged with ensuring that State and local governments use taxpayer money effectively and efficiently. The State Comptroller is elected for four year terms and serves as the State’s chief fiscal officer. Included among the Comptroller’s many oversight responsibilities is serving as the administrative head of the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS or System) and the trustee of the $207.4 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF or the “Fund”) (audited value as of March 31, 2018), one of the largest institutional investors in the world. Thomas DiNapoli has served
as the State Comptroller since 2007. He leads a staff of more than 2,700. The Office of the State Comptroller is headquartered in Albany but also has offices in New York City and eight regional offices around the State.
Within the State Comptroller’s Office is the Division of Pension Investment and Cash Management (PICM). This Division employs approximately 80 staff members, based in offices in Albany and New York City. Anastasia Titarchuk serves as Interim CIO and
Deputy Comptroller and Navyug Patel serves as Interim Deputy CIO.
For more information about the OSC, please visit the website at www.osc.state.ny.us
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INVESTMENT OFFICER – REAL ESTATE
Based in the New York City office, the Investment Officer will report to a Director and Deputy Director, with ad-hoc reporting to Senior Investment Officers. This role is one of an individual contributor but will be expected to guide and mentor junior investment and
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
- Drive the due diligence process of managers, JVs, and other deals from end-to-end, with the supervision of a Senior Investment Officer or Director, including reference checks and documentation analysis
- Support the JV partner’s acquisition team by participating in sourcing, due diligence, financial analysis, and related activities in order to increase net operating income and meet strategic plan objectives
- Coordinate with the relevant constituencies (e.g., managers, accountants, custodian, legal, consultants) to onboard real estate managers once an investment is approved
- Work with the fund’s legal staff and custodian bank to establish new accounts and implement funding
- Assist senior investment staff in deal origination by proactively identifying new opportunities and managers
- Build and maintain ongoing real estate manager relationships with the support of senior investment staff
- Analyze, forecast, and report the financial performance of select real estate investment on a periodic basis
- Monitor selected investments post-closing through continuous follow-up and communication with joint venture partners, advisors, and consultants
- Assist in analyzing the real estate portfolio’s diversification by geography, sector, and investment style
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/DESIRED COMPETENCIES
- Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, or similar quantitative field. An advanced degree and CFA pursuit are preferred
- Three or more years of relevant financial experience
- Ability to conduct quantitative analysis (e.g., models) and research to evaluate investment decisions
- Ability to form value-added judgements on the merits of investment opportunities across structures (e.g., managers, co-investments, JVs, etc.) with support and input from Senior Officers and the Director
- Strong knowledge of real estate valuation metrics and markets, key organizations, and industry trends
- High ethical standards and commitment to the fiduciary responsibilities of a public pension fund
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in order to produce investment memos, deal presentations, and participate in internal investment strategy meetings as well as external manager meetings
- Ability to build relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts, such as consultants, managers, vendors, peer institutions, other departments of OSC, etc.
- Team player who is energized by a collaborative working environment within and outside of the asset class and is able to complete assignments independently in a timely manner
The OSC will offer the successful candidate a competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefits package including a choice of health insurance packages, dental and vision insurance, generous PTO, a contributory retirement plan, and a voluntary deferred compensation plan. The OSC encourages ongoing professional development through various continuing education programs.
EFL Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the OSC with this important search. All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Referrals and applications will be held in confidence. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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