Director of Risk Management

Azusa Pacific University
Salary Range
Grade 19: $105,840 - $137,592 Annually


Posted 3/4/20

Director of Risk Management - Office of the General Counsel

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Job Description

APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is edifying to God and to one another. 

This individual has primary responsibility for providing consultative leadership and management to accomplish and maintain an effective and strategic university-wide risk management program for the campuses and programs of Azusa Pacific University.  The Director of Risk Management reports to the General Counsel and has responsibility of engagement with university executives and trustees.


Required Education

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in emergency management or a related field preferred.
  • Preferred education includes a Master’s degree, a Juris Doctorate, or a risk management-related professional designation such as Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or ARM-ERM.

Required Experience

  • Minimum of seven-ten years of experience in risk management, insurance, project management, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in implementing or overseeing Enterprise Risk Management is highly preferred.
  • Experience in working collaboratively to translate complex institutional risk problems into practical solutions.
  • Experience in interacting with representatives of government, volunteer organizations, public officials and business and community organizations preferred.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience in emergency planning and response is preferred.
  • Risk management experience in a university setting is preferred.


Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Risk Management, Safety and Loss Prevention
    • Implementing or overseeing a data-driven, strategic and effective Enterprise Risk Management program.
    • Development of risk management policies and procedures on a campus wide basis in order to protect University assets, limit liability, and ensure business continuity.
    • Coordinate the performance of risk assessments with the various ‘”risk owners” and recommend methods to conserve human, financial and physical assets, and assist “risk owners” with development and implementation of loss prevention programs and practices.
    • Maintain current knowledge of risk management issues and practical techniques to mitigate exposures.
    • Facilitate the utilization of insurance carrier and insurance broker provided services to conduct regular safety inspections on university campuses to identify risks and opportunities for loss prevention programs.
    • Facilitate the utilization of insurance carrier provided resources to conduct ergonomic assessments and to provide train-the-trainer training for managers of operations that would most benefit from this knowledge.
    • Work with the various campus risk owners to assist in the development of policies and practices to address environmental and environmental health & safety issues
    • The Risk Manager will serve on the University Critical Incident Response Team, University Safety Committee and other relevant committees as appropriate.


  • Insurance Management
    • Evaluate university operations and identify exposures, recommend appropriate types and levels of insurance.
    • Negotiate and administer the insurance contracts with the university’s insurance broker(s).
    • Participate in underwriting negotiations with insurers.
    • Oversee the documentation and negotiation of non-litigated claims under the university insurance policies.
    • Interpret day-to-day University related risk and insurance issues, answering risk related questions from the campuses and business unites, and offer recommendations for appropriate actions consistent with the University’s mission.
    • Facilitate generation of outgoing insurance certificates when needed and provide recommended direction to University units on incoming Certificates of Insurance.
  • Direct oversight of the Emergency Planning and Response Manager, if hired.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • This position requires excellent oral presentation and written communications skills, and the ability to envision and use complex databases to marshal data, and to prepare and present professional reports and program materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build relationships with key constituents and work as a team member.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work collegially in a diverse and complex environment.
  • Ability to remain calm, professional and functional during stressful circumstances.
  • The ability to collect, organize, retain, analyze and produce information related to areas of institutional risk/compliance vulnerability.
  • Knowledge of insurance coverage in the areas of property, liability, fiduciary and workers’ compensation
  • Strong working knowledge of risk management techniques and strategies including those involved with risk mitigation, management, loss prevention, and claims management.


Mental Demands

  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and verbal, in a friendly, patient, and professional manner.
  • Manage several projects simultaneously, and make sound decisions.
  • Work well with deadline pressures and distractions.
  • High initiative with the ability to work independently.
  • Motivated to take initiative. Ability to exercise confidentiality, good judgment, and discretion in job performance.
  • Logical problem solving ability.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.
  • In agreement with the mission of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.


Physical Demands

  • Continuous sitting four-six hours daily
  • Requires repetitive motion and sitting at computer keyboard.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone.
  • Meetings will require walking and/or driving to various University locations.
  • Ability to pull, push, bend, grasp, reach and lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb stairs multiple times in a work day.


Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.



  • Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.
  • Will encounter various working environments that exist in a university setting, including different temperature, noise, and visual settings.



  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.



Grade 19: $105,840 - $137,592 annually


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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates, including a DMV check.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Job Location:  Azusa California, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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