Risk Manager

Application Deadline: 2022-09-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Under the direction of the Director of Administration, manages the County’s risk management, centralized purchasing and contract compliance activities and programs to safeguard the financial security of the County by protecting its assets from the adverse impact of loss. Develops and updates procurement policies, educates departments as needed on compliance issues and conducts reviews to ensure compliance. Ensures procurement activities are conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner. Supervises and provides direction to the purchasing and document center staff.

Essential Duties
Directs and administers self-insured and purchased insurance programs for property and casualty risks. Identifies opportunities to transfer risk from self-insured to insured programs or through contract language.

Directs countywide procurement processes and contract administration for the purchase of commodities and services including negotiation of contract terms, drafting of contract documents, resolution of disputes, identification and mitigation of procurement or contract risks; approval of insurance certificates.

Investigates accidents and identifies causes so similar accidents can be prevented. Directs and administers the County’s claims management programs including determining coverage, liability and damages. Provides notice of claims to insurers and prepares claims investigation information, internal documentation and other material for distribution to claims adjusters, attorneys, Corporation Counsel and insurers. Provides litigation management, direction and settlement authorization for contested claims. In cooperation with the insurance carrier negotiates the settlement for all insurance losses; directs the self-insured claims function; and audits claims administration services of outside vendors to ensure proper accounting practices.

Reviews insurance, purchasing, revenue, intergovernmental, collaboration and miscellaneous contracts to ensure terms and conditions represent the best interests of the County.

Works with Corporation Counsel to ensure open records requests are processed in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, standards and guidelines.

Develops County policies ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including HIPAA, regulations, standards, guidelines, and applicable County codes.

Advises management on technical issues relating to risk management and purchasing; develops, issues and enforces policy directives; maintains current knowledge of risk management and purchasing practices.
Investigates and responds to employee grievances, treating all employees fairly and equitably.

Prepares valuations of insurance accruals and loss reserves, casualty insurance and purchasing budgets; directs the allocation of all insurance premium billings, loss adjustment costs; ensures the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the same.

Maintains external contacts through community organizations, peer groups, insurance service providers and public risk management and purchasing professionals for the purpose of improving skills in risk management, identifying purchasing “best practices’ and techniques to enhance professional decision making processes.

Represents the County in the Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company (WMMIC) and other insurance programs.

Directs and administers the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards compliance efforts and manages the merchant services contracts.

Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates; instructs and trains employees in proper methods and procedures; develops policies and procedures; inspects work in progress and upon completion; interviews and makes recommendations of prospective candidates; conducts performance evaluations and recommends salary adjustments; ensures smooth day-to-day operations of risk and purchasing programs.

Directs and administers the countywide process for disposal of fixed assets.

Coordinates employee training offered through WMMIC to reduce liability risks.

Timely reconciles premium and reserve accounts; prepares monthly self-insured retention entry and completes annual state required reporting for self-insured workers’ compensation program.

Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college in risk management, purchasing, business or public administration, or a related field, plus seven years of progressively responsible experience in risk management and/or purchasing and a minimum of five years proven experience supervising individuals, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Legal experience preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:

Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter Certification Desirable
Associate in Risk Management Certification Desirable

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of insurance and financial management principles and practices for all lines of coverage including self-insurance, excess insurance, insurance pooling, underwriting and actuarial analysis.

Knowledge of current theories, standards and methods of risk management.

Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and statutes pertaining to government purchasing.

Knowledge of the theory, principles, practices and methods of purchasing supplies, materials, equipment and services.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of large-volume competitive purchasing.

Knowledge of business law and third party liability.

Knowledge of management and supervisory principles.

Ability to negotiate contracts with vendors.

Knowledge of and ability to utilize a computer and required software.

Ability to perform mid to upper-level analysis including the ability to coordinate, strategize, systemize and correlate, using discretion in determining time, place and/or sequence of operation with an organizational framework.

Ability to supervise coordinates, train and evaluate staff.

Ability to develop and administer policies and procedures.

Ability to interpret and analyze information from a variety of sources.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, consultants, and the public.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with insurance representatives, attorneys, elected officials, department heads, and management team employees and the public.


Deadline Note:

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