Overview

Overview

  • The Chief Investment Officer (CIO) is responsible for developing and maintaining the firm’s investment philosophy and strategies. As Chair of the Investment Committee, the CIO coordinates implementation of the investment philosophy and strategy with other stakeholders by designing and executing investment protocols and policies, reviews and reporting, and other critical processes.
  • As a member of the Executive Committee, the CIO contributes to all senior level discussions related to the development and execution of business plans, marketing and business development opportunities, brand, reputation and risk management, and other areas where the clear communication of First Affirmative’s investment philosophy, processes, performance, products, or services is required.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and oversight of First Affirmative’s investment philosophy and strategies. Develops, and clearly and deeply articulates, and maintains, the investment philosophy and processes of the firm.
  • Chair of Investment Committee: Advises Investment Committee members (Executive and Investment Team members) on issues and activities related to the firm’s investment philosophy, specific managers, investment products and portfolio management, performance and risk management, among other topics.
  • Leverages the Investment Committee’s role in talent development and training.
  • Responsible for manager due diligence and portfolio management activities: Oversees the development of investment models to include the use of third party managers, mutual funds, exchange traded funds and other securities.
  • Evaluates investment managers and models, recommending changes, when needed. Ensures that portfolios and their components (mutual funds/folios/separate accounts) align with client objectives and with the First Affirmative investment philosophy, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains best practices in manager evaluation and selection, re-assessing, and updating on a regular basis.
  • Monitors and manages investment strategies and portfolios, prepares reports on performance and risk metrics.
  • Deepens First Affirmative’s proprietary SRI/ESG research capacity through evaluation and utilization of third party research and data as regards sustainability and the positive social impact of individual securities, investment products and third party managers.
  • Develops a thought leadership program, in conjunction with other functions, by authoring proprietary publications and whitepapers, contributing to third party research and publications, and maintaining membership in industry forums and roundtables to significantly grow First Affirmative’s position as a thought leader in the SRI / ESG / Impact Investment market and differentiate First Affirmative from mainstream competitors.
  • Produces and presents institutional quality presentations suitable for investment gatekeepers and advisors describing First Affirmative’s investment process and clearly communicating First Affirmative’s competitive advantage and value proposition.
  • Prepares and presents a general/high level economic overview quarterly suitable for use by First Affirmative Financial Network Advisors, to the Investment Committee and to investment professionals at First Affirmative events.
  • Represents First Affirmative in industry conferences (in addition to the SRI conference), conducts PR and generally is considered a top industry level resource for the SRI/ESG community.
  • Establishes and maintains productive relationships in the investment community (portfolio managers, analysts, business development personnel, consultants, etc.).
  • Provides high-touch support to network advisors on questions related to financial markets, investment strategy, model portfolios, etc.
  • Works with the Executive Committee and the Director of Shareowner Advocacy to establish and maintain First Affirmative’s SRI/ESG investment objectives and the specific values and goals to be represented in the Company’s investment management programs.
  • Works with the Executive Committee and the Director of Shareowner Advocacy to create and maintain metrics that articulate the SRI/ESG impact of First Affirmative’s investment management programs for use in business development and research.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to innovate First Affirmative’s investment management programs to keep pace with emerging social issues and concerns.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field. Advance degree preferred, but not required.
  • Previously or currently hold a Series 7 and Series 65.
  • CIMA or CFA certification required, CFP a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as CIO or comparable within an investment advisory firm.
  • Proven track record of maximizing returns, minimizing risk and controlling expenses while using securities and investment products selected based on SRI / ESG and Impact criteria.
  • Demonstrated responsibility in investment management and administration with experience building a performance driven investment organization.
  • General investment knowledge and experience across all major publicly-traded asset classes.
  • Significant experience in the SRI industry preferred.

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