CalSTRS Looking for Real Estate Consultant

September 21. 2007 ( - The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) is looking for a real estate consultant.

According to a press release, the $169 billion public pension fund is looking for a consultant “to provide expertise and advice to the CalSTRS Investment Committee related to the overall investment strategy, policies and practices of the CalSTRS Real Estate Program.”   CalSTRS, the second-largest public pension fund in the US, has a $16.4 billion real estate portfolio (or did, as of July 31).     

The real estate consultant will be expected to be familiar with all aspects of the real estate asset class, to include domestic and international investments, public and private investments and real estate backed mortgage investments.  CalSTRS says that the t he real estate consultant will work for the Investment Committee and with the CalSTRS investment staff to monitor and comment on the real estate portfolio performance and policy. The real estate consultant will be restricted from performing review as an independent fiduciary in the analysis of any real estate investment.

The final filing date for proposals is October 17, 2007 , with the selection expected in January 2008. A copy of the request for proposal is available at .

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 795,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.