University of Puget Sound seeks a strategic leader to serve as Chief Risk Management Officer
The Organization Established in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a nationally ranked residential liberal arts college and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. The university draws 2,600 students from 46 states and 8 countries. Puget Sound has been designated as one of only 40 Colleges that Change Lives and is in the top 5% of colleges for students who go on to earn doctorate degrees. Princeton Review reported that Puget Sound's faculty-student interaction is one of the best in the nation. The university has recently launched an ambitious ten-year strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, to advance institutional excellence, academic distinction, and student success.
The Location The university sits on 97 acres in Tacoma's North End neighborhood and is within minutes of Tacoma's urban center and Commencement Bay. With just over 200,000 residents, Tacoma is the third largest city in the state and is positioned 32 miles south of Seattle and 31 miles north of Olympia, the state capital. The Cascade Mountain Range is to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. Tacoma and the surrounding region offer a rich variety of art and cultural offerings and outdoor activities. The city and region support a variety of living options ranging from Craftsman and Victorian homes in historic neighborhoods to downtown lofts and condominiums to homes in suburban and rural settings.
The Position This position assists in developing and implementing sound, preventive risk management practices, emergency management practices, and related University-wide compliance measures to support the University's mission and plays a key role in the management of the University's entire portfolio of risks as part of the responsibilities in the Office of University Counsel, though risk management is a shared responsibility among many campus units, departments, and programs. The Office of University Counsel partners with campus units, departments, and programs to achieve a coordinated, synergistic, and enterprise-wide approach to managing all University risks.
The risks the university faces constantly change so our strategies must remain fluid. We work with campus units in a proactive fashion, helping to identify and assess the risks that are specific to them. Once identified, we determine the most responsible and cost-effective solutions to manage these risks. The risk management techniques we use include any combination of risk prevention, risk acceptance, risk avoidance or risk transfer strategies. And while campus units each have unique risks, we attempt to avoid a silo approach to risk management where each department remains isolated to what the rest of the campus is doing. Rather, we institutionalize our risk management programs so the entire campus takes ownership and shares a consistent risk profile. This ownership and consistency brings greater transparency and knowledge to our stakeholders.
Reporting to the Vice President and University Counsel, this position serves as the university's enterprise risk manager, including providing university-wide coordination of risk assessment and mitigation; manages the university's insurance and contracts programs; oversees and coordinates of emergency/disaster/crisis planning and preparedness for the university, including the business continuity program; and assists the Vice President in other divisional and institutional priorities as needed. The Chief Risk Management Officer is a professional position and is expected to successfully perform this complex work independently and in a timely and efficient manner without specific instructions. The Chief Risk Management Officer regularly and independently interacts with Puget Sound programs, departments, and divisions; faculty, staff, and students; and external constituents, including board of trustees (“board”) members, insurance consortium representatives and insurance company claims managers, State and federal government agents and representatives, and members of the public.
Bachelor's degree in an appropriate specialization and eight years of relevant experience, or Master's degree in an appropriate specialization combined with five years of relevant experience, or J.D. combined with four years of relevant experience.
Advanced-user level experience with DocuSign, Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, SmartSheet or similar word-processing, spreadsheet, and other productivity software required; Advanced-user level experience with Microsoft Outlook or similar calendaring or email software and legal document management systems such as Worldox or NetDocuments and online legal research tools such as Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis preferred.
Master's, Doctoral, or Juris Doctorate degree.
Recognized Professional Risk Management Certification.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in university environment or highly regulated industry with compliance/risk management program-related responsibilities and demonstrated track record of having increasing responsibilities.
Experience with or understanding of higher education operations at the senior decision-maker level preferred.
License to practice law in Washington or ability to be admitted to practice.
Experience working with governing board or similar bodies preferred.
Applications Review of applications will begin July 14, 2021. Interested applicants can review the full job description and submit their resume with an accompanying cover letter via Puget Sound's employment website at http://www.pugetsound.edu/employment. Inquiries about the position or application process can be directed to Erin Ruff, Human Resources Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran and military status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, socioeconomic class, language spoken, documentation status, political beliefs or any other characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.