• Full Time
  • Pasadena, CA.
  • $137,412 - $180,240 USD / Year

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Information Technology Specialist I: Pension Administration Architect, Business Solutions

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Pasadena, California

Annual Salary: $137,412 – $180,240 DOE/DOQ

*75% Remote, 25% On-Site Position*

Must live within a 4-hour drive from Pasadena.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is seeking an Information Technology Specialist I — Pension Administration Architect to provide technical direction and strategic vision for the pension administration system and lead the ongoing migration of legacy systems and optimization of cloud hosted solutions. This role offers the exciting opportunity to oversee the integration and development of enterprise applications, including a new case management system and future ERP solutions. The ideal candidate will balance technical proficiency with strong leadership capabilities, driving forward modernization efforts while maintaining the integrity and functionality of critical pension administration systems. Creative problem-solving skills are crucial for this role, as the Pension Administration Architect will seek innovative solutions to streamline operations and effectively optimize existing solutions. The successful candidate will have a flexible mindset, collaboration and communication skills, and experience in setting technical direction and overseeing large-scale projects. Experience in a similar-sized organization, particularly with financial- or membership-based technologies, is highly desirable. Public sector experience is also a plus, given the unique challenges and regulations associated with pension administration. Help carry out LACERA’s mission to protect, produce, and provide the promised benefits to its members – apply today!

View the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/b5727c6f-fca6-4124-8ead-4d69ec085d41


The Information Technology Specialist I — Pension Administration Architect will report to the Business Solutions IT Manager II, as a technical lead and may supervise in the future as the organization evolves. This role offers the exciting opportunity to lead LACERA’s pension administration system design, development and optimization to enhance efficiency and functionality, including the integration and development of enterprise applications, and implementation strategic business and technical objectives supporting member experience and user experience. The Pension Administration Architect will continue the migration of legacy systems to modern, cloud-based infrastructures, provide direction for enterprise content management, and ensure that all design solutions align with the broader strategic vision of LACERA. They will drive forward the organization’s IT evolution, which includes optimizing current systems and potentially moving further into Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

The ideal candidate for this position is experienced in directing solutions architecture for systems with 200+ end users, preferably in a public agency or high compliance industry, and most desirably in a membership-based organization. They will have prior experience with cloud-based services, relational databases such as SQL and DB2, and knowledge of programming languages like Java and COBOL. Strategic vision and creative problem solving are critical for success in this role, as the Pension Administration Architect will decide on long-term solutions and set technical direction. The successful candidate will also be highly communicative and emotionally intelligent, with the ability to lead persuasively and collaboratively. This position’s expertise is crucial to LACERA’s mission and keeping LACERA at the forefront of emerging technologies and industry trends!

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE may also have some or all of the below:


·         Degree(s): A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in information technology, computer science, cyber security administration, or a related field.

Degree Accreditation Information: Degrees from United States accredited institutions and degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. are accepted.


·         Information Technology Certifications: CompTIA (Data+, Project+), ITIL

·         P8 Certifications:  IBM P8 or FileNet certifications

·         Java Certifications:  Java Enterprise Architect

·         Pension Administration: CPC (Certified Pension Consultant) or CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist)

·         Project Management: PMP, CSM, CSP

·         Architecture Certifications: TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework)


·         Relational Databases: SQL Server, Oracle, DB2

·         Programming Languages: Java, COBOL, C++

·         Cloud Platforms: AWS, Azure

·         Case Management Systems

·         Enterprise Content Management: IBM FileNet, Nuxeo, OnBase, Box, Alfresco

·         Processes and Knowledge: architectural blueprints, documentation, API integration and batch processing, legacy system modernization, cloud migration and optimization

Employment Standards – Minimum Qualifications

·         SELECTION REQUIREMENTS (Specialty)
Two (2) years of experience, within the last three (3) years, at the level of Data Systems Coordinator, LACERA*, or Data Systems Supervisor I, LACERA**, performing highly specialized and complex information systems analysis and design tasks. These include acting as a technical consultant or specialist in enterprise application development***, providing leadership and overall project management for systems development projects.


*Experience at the level of Data Systems Coordinator, LACERA, must include acting as coordinator and participates in the work involved in an information and work processing systems program or a complex systems project, or reviews and evaluates the design and utilization of a variety of systems.  This is the lead level.
**Experience at the level of Data Systems Supervisor I, LACERA, must include acting as supervisor to a small staff of analysts engaged in the analysis, design, and implementation of manual and electronic information and work processing systems, or coordinates the systems program.
***Experience as a technical consultant or specialist in enterprise application development includes providing expertise in application development and design, database management, development of online data entry and data inquiry capability, and defining techniques to be used for backup, restart, recovery, data security, file structuring, and optimum processing techniques.

·         A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


An annual salary of $137,412 – $180,240 DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package.

Candidates will have the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, with a requirement to be onsite 25% of the time.



Online Application: LACERA offers a simple and convenient online application (application process should only take 15 minutes). For consideration, please apply online by June 20th at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacera/jobs/4525191/information-technology-specialist-i-lacera-pension-administration-architect?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs and attach your cover letter (desired) and resume.

Only the highest qualified applicants will be invited to continue to the Appraisal (Oral) Interview weighted 100%. The interview will assess the applicant’s knowledge, experience, and general ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

SAVE THE DATES: Those candidates which are determined eligible for hire under the Los Angeles County’s Civil Service Rules may be invited to the selection process.   Round one interviews will be held virtually and take place on July 25th. Finalists will move forward to round two in-person interviews that take place on August 1st. Candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days.


Please contact your recruiter, Levi Kuhlman:

·         Levi@wbcpinc.com

·         866-929-WBCP (9227) toll-free

·         541-664-0376 (direct)

To apply for this job please visit wbcpinc.com.