Associate, Investment Management Endowments - Covariance
Houston , Texas
October 18, 2017
Job Description
Covariance Capital Management is an investment management firm that provides customized endowment management services to investors with long-term investment horizons, including educational and healthcare institutions, foundations and other not-for-profits. As a full-service investment office, we partner with institutions to provide comprehensive discretionary outsourced CIO services across all asset classes including fixed income, public equity, private equity, private real assets and hedge funds.
Covariance has a growing team of professionals possessing extensive experience from both the for-profit and non-profit asset management industry, and is distinguished by its skill in the management of alternative assets. 
Covariance is a registered investment adviser and is an independent operating subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA).
For more information about Covariance, visit our website.
Covariance Capital Management, an outsourced CIO firm with investment offices in Houston and Chicago, is seeking an Investment Associate to join its investment team. As an Associate, you will support the due diligence efforts in sourcing, approving and monitoring the firm’s investments in third-party private market and public market managers. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated passion for investing.
  • Support the front office manager due diligence effort. Prepare for and attend meetings with third-party investment managers. Document all pertinent information derived from the meetings.
  • Assist in the sourcing of new managers
  • Provide research, analysis and recommendations to the investment committee on prospective investments, including the authoring of investment approval memos
  • Monitor existing investments through tracking and analyzing existing managers’ performance, holdings, exposures and risk metrics
  • Generate portfolio and manager level reports
  • Provide timely market data to the investment team
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the CIO and other senior investment personnel

  • Bachelor’s degree; completion of or significant progress toward the CFA or CAIA designation a plus
  • Minimum of two years of investment experience sourcing and allocating capital to managers specializing in alternative investment strategies such as buyout, venture capital, private real assets, private credit or hedge funds. Strong sourcing abilities in private markets a plus.
  • Prior investment experience working for an endowment, foundation, family office, fund of funds or outsourced CIO preferred
  • Strong Excel skills required; experience leveraging VBA a plus
  • Fundamental understanding of, and demonstrated interest in, investments and capital markets
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness and desire to live and work in either Houston or Chicago
  • Capacity to travel extensively – both domestically and internationally
  • Exceptional personal qualities including:
    • Unquestioned integrity and the highest ethical standards
    • A team orientation and collegial style
    • A commitment to a client-first culture and excellence
    • Outstanding communication skills and a diplomatic interpersonal manner
    • Confident personal style with ego in check
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