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Executive Director, Pension Policy and Communications (5322)

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Executive Director, Pension Policy and Communications
Organization:  Special Forces Pension Plan
Province:  Alberta
Location:  Edmonton

The Special Forces Pension Plan (SFPP) was established in 1979 after breaking away from the Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP). Although it became a stand-alone plan, contributions to SFPP were invested in the larger Government of Alberta Pension Fund.

In early 2019, under the Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act, the SFPP Sponsor Board and SFPP Corporation were established in order to prepare for the March 1 transition to the new joint governance model. To ensure a seamless transition, work was done to build the Plan Text, the service agreements with APS and AIMCo, the codes of conduct for the Sponsor Board and SFPP Corporation, roles and responsibilities, and other rules of engagement ahead of the March 1 deadline.

On March 1, 2019, SFPP Corporation became the trustee and administrator of the Plan. Under the new joint-governance structure, future benefit plan changes will be determined by the SFPP Sponsor Board, not government, and will be subject to discussion and agreement between employer and employee sponsors. Employee and employer sponsors also share responsibility for the risks associated with funding the plan, including the risk of investment losses that may require changes to contribution rates or benefits.


Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director, Pension Policy and Communications leads the development and implementation of plan documents, pension and funding policies, and communication strategies to support SFPP Corporation in its role as trustee of the Special Forces Pension Plan (SFPP) Fund and administrator of the plan. Primary areas of responsibility include providing pension policy information, education, research, analysis and advice directly to the SFPP Sponsor Board, SFPP Corporation Board of Directors, and CEO of SFPP Corporation; working with the Plan Actuary to provide sound advice to the Boards on funding and related issues; overseeing the performance of SFPP’s pension administration services provider, Alberta Pension Services Corporation (APS); and developing and managing SFPP’s communications strategies.

As a key member of SFPP Corporation’s Executive Leadership Team, the Executive Director, Pension Policy and Communications plays a vital role in the development and execution of the Corporation’s Strategic Plan and Business Plan and is responsible for ensuring the Corporate Board has all the information required to realize the Strategic Plan.


Qualifications & Education Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (law, political science, commerce, economics, communications, or similar).
  • Extensive and progressively senior experience in a managerial or professional position in a pension environment.
  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) or Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC) designation is considered an asset.
  • Experience in a pension plan environment.
  • Knowledge of pension principles and theories.
  • Knowledge of actuarial and financial principles and theories.
  • Knowledge of legal principles is desirable.
  • Proven managerial abilities are required, including leadership, team-building skills, excellent interpersonal communications skills, thinking and acting strategically, sound judgment, and personal ethics.

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