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The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is seeking proposals from Search Firms, with substantial and relevant experience in recruiting for private and governmental entities, for the recruitment and selection of our next Director, Human Resources.

Submittal of Proposals

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

  1. Your firm’s location, experience and qualifications.
  2. 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 similar recruitments for private and governmental entities.
  3. Three (3) Client References related to similar projects completed in the past three (3) years, including at least two (2) governmental entities.
  4. Strategy and proposed method of recruiting and screening potential candidates.
  5. Method of candidate presentation.
  6. Proposed cost/fee structure, including travel expenses, timing of invoicing, incidental expenses and payment schedule.
  7. Confidentiality safeguards.
  8. Disclosure of any existing off-limit recruitment restrictions.
  9. Recruitment fulfillment guarantee.
  10. A proposed time schedule to accomplish the proposed recruitment process, along with a statement confirming your ability to meet the proposed recruitment schedule enclosed.
  11. Commitment to verification of academic and/or professional credentials, civil/criminal background checks, and social media screening.
  12. Other information applicable to the project.

Delivery of Proposal

Please deliver an electronic copy of your proposal no later than 5:00 PM, May 24, 2019 to:

John Nogales
Director of Human Resources
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
Email address:

By submitting a proposal, the proposer represents that it has thoroughly examined and has become familiar with the requested services and the contents of this Request for Proposal ("RFP") and that it is capable of performing quality services to achieve LACERA’s objectives. The proposer is responsible for requesting clarification of any deficiency, ambiguity, error or omission contained in this RFP, or any provision in this RFP that the proposer fails to understand. Any communication regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or hardcopy.

The information you submit in response to this RFP becomes the exclusive property of LACERA. LACERA will not return your proposal or reimburse you for proposal preparation expenses.

RFP Questions and Answers

Any questions regarding this RFP shall be directed to John Nogales, Director of Human Resources by letter or email:

  • Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
  • 300 N. Lake Avenue, Suite 630
  • Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Email Address:

Questions will be accepted up to 5:00 P.M. on May 20, 2019. 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 "Search Services" by May 22, 2019. No questions will be answered by telephone.

Proposed Timeline

The goal of LACERA is to have a Director, Human Resources in place by August 5, 2019. In addition to the search process, LACERA must complete a hiring/background process before an individual may begin employment. The hiring/background process can take up to two (2) weeks to complete; therefore, it is our objective that the search be completed by July 19, 2019.

Respondents should provide any specific milestone dates and actions that would be required to achieve completion of the recruitment within the timeframe identified above.

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

Task Date
RFP Issue Date May 6, 2019
Deadline for Submission of RFP Questions by Search Firms May 20, 2019
LACERA response to Submitted Questions from Search Firms May 22, 2019
Deadline for Proposals from Search Firms May 24, 2019
Review of Proposals and short-listing of firms May 31, 2019
Interview short-listed firms and final selection June 6, 2019
Execution of contract with Search Firm June 11, 2019

RFP Materials

RFP: Search Services — Director, Human Resources
UPDATED 5-22-19: Responses to Questions