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Risk Manager/Administrator

Organization: 
Eugene School District 4J
Closing date: 
Sunday, April 11, 2021

This position will begin July 1, 2021 and operates on the 12-month work schedule.

The Safety Officer and Risk Manager/Administrator is responsible for managing all insurance and safety issues that may expose the District to litigation or insurance claims, including and not limited to identifying, evaluating, controlling and minimizing the District's exposure to loss or damage to physical assets, fidelity losses, and losses arising out of liability claims. Manages all automobile liability, fire, and property damage claims, including communications with attorneys, claims reviews, investigations, and negotiations of settlements. Coordinates planning, and organization of all aspects of the District's employee insurance benefit program. Plans and coordinates functions and activities of the District-wide safety plan, emergency and crisis response plan and provides 24/7 on-call response/assistance. Compiles and analyzes data to develop and recommend policies and administrative regulations regarding the District's property and liability insurance program, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and employee health benefit insurance programs. This position acts as liaison with insurance adjusters, legal counsel, labor groups and employee organizations, and underwriters in coordinating all insurance matters. Represents the District at meetings with representatives from a variety of public agencies, insurance companies, and risk services firms; serves on a variety of risk management committees; and interprets and applies federal and state laws, Board Policies and District's Administrative Rules and other regulations relative to risk management, safety, loss control, and areas of potential liability.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

MANAGING RISKS
• Conducts risk assessments, which involves analyzing risks as well as identifying, describing and estimating the risks affecting the District. Utilizes managerial skills to analyze alternative and treat identifiable risks with appropriate risk control and risk financing methods.
• Identifies property loss exposures and work with liability company(s) on appropriate levels of insurance coverage.
• Supervises the audit of insurance premiums and costs and distribution of costs within the District.
• Manages risk budget including ensuring expenses do not exceed budgeted allocations; coordinates and approve requisitions for replacement purchases.
• Monitors case closing action, coordinates negotiations for settlement of claims wherein court action is not involved with claims adjuster and prepares reports for determined action.
• Prepares insurance bid specifications for the purpose of obtaining premium fees and updates on an ongoing basis.
• Reviews and evaluates insurance policies.
• Makes recommendations regarding the adjusting and settlement of liability and property claims.
• Monitors and determines District liability in recurring school related situations and events (field trips, sporting events, etc.).
• Obtains certificates of insurance to protect District assets.
• Provides support, education and training to staff to build risk awareness within the District.
• Assures that insurance programs are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
• Investigates property damage claims and losses, submits reports to the third-party claims administration and assists in property claims management. Evaluates insurance coverages; identifies exposures and assesses liability through evaluation of claim loss statistics and trends. Provides each department with loss statements for worker's compensation, general liability and auto losses.
• Communicates to directors and administrators what risk issues are and be able to provide them with a plan to minimize risk. The Risk Manager must be able to produce status reports regarding the level of risk associated with any given area of the business.
• Serves as the District's liaison with consultants and legal counsel to review general liability, claims, and other insurance programs.
• Negotiates with insurance companies, brokers, or agencies with respect to premiums, terms and conditions, renewals and modifications of insurance contracts.
• Determines coverage, responsibility, compensability and if there is subrogation or safety issues for each claim.
• Manages claims to achieve quality results and expense controls and negotiate settlement of claims for closure to minimize the District's exposure.
• Manages the District's auto claims.
• Evaluates the impact of new and proposed legislation on the District's insurance and safety programs and makes recommendations for District compliance.

SAFETY & WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Safety
Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive employee, parent, and citizen safety complaints or concerns.
Coordinates the District's employee safety program.
Participates in the inspections and reviews of the District's operations and facilities for risk management provisions and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
Assures District is in compliance with laws relating to safety, industrial health, environmental protection, hazard control, and loss prevention programs.
Maintains OSHA files for all sites in the District and posts all annual summaries at each site.
Coordinates the preparation and analysis of all insurance claims, student injury incidents, and OSHA reports for the purpose of ensuring the timely and accurate presentation of facts.
Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates school and District safety plans and offers
recommendations for improvement. Coordinates District disaster drills.
Assists in implementing in-service training programs on health and safety (e.g. hazards, disaster preparedness, OSHA's Hazardous Communication Standard, Employee Right-to-Know, etc.) for the purpose of reducing the incidence of accidents and meeting state and federal guidelines.
Actively participates in the District Safety Committee. Provides support and direction and assumes the leadership role in reducing employee injuries.
Takes necessary steps to ensure District compliance with OSHA regulations.

Workers' Compensation
Investigates and analyzes accidents involving District employees injured while using District equipment or facilities.
Manages the process and activities of the District safety programs, training, property insurance, claims management, vandalism and crisis response.
Conducts annual Workers' Compensation Sites Assessment inspections of all District-owned sites and facilities.
Establishes records and procedures for reporting and handling claims.
Determines coverage, responsibility, compensability and if there is subrogation rights or safety issues for each claim.
Plans and coordinate various liability and workers' compensation insurance policies.
Identifies, evaluates, controls and minimizes the District's exposure to injury of workers and workplace safety issues.
Coordinates workers' compensation claims investigation; investigates and resolves issues on claims.
Manages return-to-work and light duty programs, State Employee at Injury reimbursements, and reviews recommendations of vocational rehabilitation of employees.
Assures District is in compliance with laws relating to safety, industrial health, environmental protection, hazard control, and loss prevention programs.
Resolves workers' compensation claims for closure; works closely with insurance claims management team and attorney; attends and provides information for workers' compensation appeals when scheduled.
Responds to and investigates all student and staff-related safety issues and implements plans and programs to minimize future incidents. Oversees ongoing safety training programs for personnel, parents and volunteers by arranging for or conducting training.
Develops, maintains and monitors the implementation of all federal, state and local compliance programs. Examples include Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Hazard Communication Program, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Program.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
Acts as advisor to Human Resources Department for Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) job descriptions and facilities compliance.
Coordinates all aspects of ADA matters for compliance with federal and state laws; keeps all tracking documents as required by the Department of Justice for ADA compliance.
Conducts investigations into inquiries regarding ADA compliance status at District-owned sites.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Develops District-wide disaster plan and coordinates disaster preparedness exercises with outside emergency response agencies and serves as District's representative on the County Disaster Planning.
Respond to District crisis situations, including on-site crisis management, and after-hours responses.
Investigate accidents, incidents, suspicious acts/person(s), allegations of violation of Board Policies, Administrative Rules, and/or illegal activities of students and/or staff, including assisting District administrators in various areas of confidential information and interacting with School Resource Officers (SRO), Campus Supervisors and legal counsel regarding juvenile offenders, gangs, felonies, health, safety, etc.
Responds to emergency safety events.
Recommends changes and updates to the emergency/crisis response plans for the purpose of providing efficient utilization of District financial resources and ensuring the safety of students, staff, and patrons.

OTHER DUTIES
Composes a variety of materials (e.g. reports, correspondence, procedures, manuals, prepares bid packets, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.
Monitors assigned District activities and/or program components (e.g. fund balances & related financial activity; student accident/incident reports; security contracts; insurance billing, etc.) for the purpose of coordinating activities and ensuring compliance with established financial, legal and/or administrative requirements.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
Ability to manage multiple task with frequent interruptions.
Ability to manage multiple priorities.
Ability to diffuse and manage volatile and stressful situations.
Ability to work with students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Ability to promote and follow District policies.
Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with all people including those from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds.
Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to supervisor.
Knowledge of principles and practices of risk management activities such as risk identification/reduction, loss control, asset protection, employee safety, workers' compensation programs, etc.
Ability to conduct research, collect and analyze data and prepare written and oral reports.
Knowledge of claims processing techniques and budgetary practices and controls.
Experience preparing spreadsheets and a risk management information system.
Ability to analyze, classify and rate risks, exposure and loss expectancies.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to interpret, analyze and present information from various regulatory agencies in an appropriate form geared towards targeted audience.
Knowledge of workers' compensation law and requirements, safety, loss control and risk management principles.
Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law and requirements.
Experience supervising staff.
Experience differentiating practices for diverse populations.
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse students, staff and community populations.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Relations, Business Administration or other related field; Master's preferred. Certificates of Risk Management (CRM) preferred and/or Safety and an Associate Risk Manager (ARM) preferred.

Experience

Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in risk management, liability insurance (working in an insurance or legal office dealing with claims), workers' compensation, and background in litigation required. Experience supervising staff required. Experience with data research, collection and analysis techniques and the preparation of written and oral reports preferred. Or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved, as approved by the Department of Human Resources, supplemented by coursework, training or workshops in safety engineering, employee benefits, risk management or related fields.

Bilingual proficiency and/or multicultural experience strongly preferred.

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