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The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is seeking proposals from executive search firms, with substantial and relevant experience in recruiting C-Level executives, for the recruitment and selection of our Assistant Executive Officer (AEO).


The Proposer shall provide the following in their response to this RFP:

  1. A brief description of their firm and scope of their practices, including information relating to its organization management practices, and diversity and inclusion policies and track record such as whether your business is certified as either a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), and/or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE).
  2. A list of similar executive recruitments conducted in the last three (3) years, including a history of diversity placements (table attached).
  3. Names, qualifications, and experience of personnel (of your firm and the individual who will lead this effort) to be assigned to this recruitment, including experience in conducting executive searches for private and governmental entities.
  4. Three (3) client references related to similar projects completed in the past three (3) years, including at least two (2) governmental entities.
  5. Strategy and proposed method of recruiting and screening potential candidates, including a comprehensive explanation of the approach the firm will take to this recruitment, including candidate identification, evaluation and background checks, other assistance to the search committee, the interview process, final selection, and completion of employment.
  6. Method of candidate presentation.
  7. Proposed cost/fee structure, including travel expenses, timing of invoices, incidental expenses, and payment schedule.
  8. Confidentiality safeguards.
  9. Disclosure of any existing off-limit recruitment restrictions.
  10. Commitment to verification of academic and/or professional credentials, civil/criminal background checks, and social media screening.
  11. A proposed timeline to accomplish the proposed recruitment process, along with a statement confirming ability to meet the proposed recruitment timeline enclosed.
  12. Assessment tools/methodology utilized.
  13. Other information applicable to the project.


Please deliver an electronic copy of your proposal no later than 5:00 p.m., October 20, 2020, to:

Carly Ntoya, Ph.D.
Director of Human Resources
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association


Any questions regarding this RFP shall be directed to Carly Ntoya, Ph.D., Director of Human Resources, by letter or email:

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
300 North Lake Avenue, Suite 630
Pasadena CA 91101

Questions will be accepted up to 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2020. All questions received will be compiled and disseminated to all responding participants at least three (3) days before the RFP submission deadline. Questions and answers will be posted on in the RFP section under "Executive Search Services" by October 15, 2020. No questions will be answered by telephone.


The goal of LACERA is to have an AEO in place by May 1, 2021. In addition to the executive search process, LACERA must complete a hiring/background process before an individual may begin employment. The hiring/background process can take up to three (3) weeks to complete; therefore, it is our objective that the executive search for the AEO be completed by April 1, 2021.

Below is an anticipated timeline for selection of a Search Firm and execution of a contract under this RFP.

Task Date
LACERA RFP Issued October 5, 2020
Deadline for Submission of RFP Questions by Search Firms October 13, 2020
LACERA response to Submitted Questions from Search Firms October 15, 2020
Deadline for Proposals from Executive Search Firms October 20, 2020
Review of Proposals and Short-Listing of Firms October 23, 2020
Interview Short-Listed Firms and Final Selection October 29, 2020

RFP Materials

RFP: Assistant Executive Officer
Diversity Table
RFP Questions