Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Risk Manager

  • Title: Risk Manager
  • Category: Management
  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Grade: L

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President Finance, the Risk Manager is responsible for District-wide planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing of a comprehensive risk management program designed to protect the College from exposure to risk that could have adverse consequences to College operations, financial position, or community relations. Span of responsibility covers all College-wide non-benefit risk management and loss prevention and control programs.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, organizes, administers, and coordinates a College-wide loss prevention and control program to identify and analyze potential exposure to loss; develops related goals and other program performance expectations. Develops, implements, and monitors related work plans to achieve goals and performance measures.
  2. Examines, designs, and implements alternative risk management and mitigation techniques, strategies, and measures. Monitors the effectiveness of techniques and makes changes as required. Directs and participates in the development of new programs, initiatives, and incentives to improve workplace safety and lower liability for the College.
  3. Participates in contract review processes for the College to ensure minimization of risk.
  4. Directs the development of the program budget and monitors performance against funding and expense requirements.
  5. Serves as a liaison with applicable internal departments regarding liability and risk control matters and workers’ compensation.
  6. Supervises administrative professional and classified staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and discharges staff as necessary.
  7. Manages, directs, and oversees the investigation, administration, and adjudication of tort claims filed against the College; oversees the formulation of findings and makes recommendations for action and adjudication of claims for approval by the department and counsel.
  8. Oversees the purchase of policies or self-assumption of risks for a broad range of insurance coverages, excluding employee insurance benefits. Collaborates with applicable internal departments and oversees the development of specifications for the purchase of insurance by bid or negotiation. Recommends the selection of vendors.
  9. Interprets laws, policies, and procedures to ensure College risk management programs are in compliance.
  10. Builds College-wide support and visibility for risk management and loss control programs and initiatives and obtains stakeholder buy-in on program goals and objectives.
  11. Accumulates and analyzes data and develops comprehensive reports related to the risk management program.
  12. Serves on a variety of internal committees and/or task forces. Represents the College in outreach functions and professional groups and organizations.
  13. Conducts periodic risk prevention audits of College assets and oversees inspections performed by outside agencies.
  14. Participates in disaster recovery planning for the College.
  15. Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration, or a related field. Relevant experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Five years increasingly responsible professional level risk management and loss control program experience, including two years supervisory experience.

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:
  • Supervisory principles;
  • Risk management and loss control principles and practices;
  • Legal processes and procedures;
  • Insurance underwriting principles and practices;
  • Security and loss prevention methods;
  • Budgetary principles;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Public administration principles;
  • Financial control practices and procedures;
  • Workers’ compensation;
  • Ergonomics.
Skills in:
  • Supervising subordinate staff;
  • Developing and managing risk management programs;
  • Developing risk management and loss control techniques;
  • Investigating and adjudicating claims;
  • Preparing and maintaining records;
  • Applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Preparing reports;
  • Communicating complex and detailed reports and information;
  • Analyzing statistical and financial relationships in data.
Ability to:
  • Handle multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Work with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff;
  • Utilize computer technology used for communication, data gathering and reporting;
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written media.

Reviewed: 12/2018

  • Revised: 5/2016; 4/2007
  • Replaces: Safety & Risk Manager