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Director of Insurance and Risk Management

Employer
Clark University
Location
Worcester, MA

Job Details

Category:: Staff and Administrators
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Department:: FIN-Planning and Finance 5320
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Feb 20, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 172860

About Clark University:


Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.


Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.



Job Description:


Reporting to the Executive Vice President/CFO and the Vice President/GC, this position is responsible for managing the University's insurance program, processing insurance claims, advising campus constituents on risk-management issues, implementing and overseeing safety programs and policies, assisting with the development and maintenance of emergency plans, and investigating and facilitating the timely resolution to compliance and risk-related incidents and accidents on campus.


Major Responsibilities:


Insurance


  • With the assistance of outside consultants, manages and evaluates the University's insurance portfolio (excluding employee health insurance and unemployment insurance). Identifies and analyzes risk exposures to procure appropriate and cost-effective insurance to protect the assets of the University.
  • Submits renewal applications in a timely manner.
  • Submits and manages insurance claims and expedites the process with the appropriate insurance carrier.


Risk/Safety


  • Serves as resource for campus constituents seeking counsel on risk-related matters.
  • Chairs risk-related committees including the University's Risk Council, Campus Safety Committee, Travel Abroad Crisis Management Team and Student Health Insurance Committee.
  • Report/investigate all University safety-related incidents. Assist Human Resources with employee worker compensation-related claims.
  • Serve as University's representative on the Independent Schools Compensation Corporation workers-compensation program.
  • In conjunction with University Police and Residential Life & Housing, coordinates/implements building fire drill and building evacuation plans.
  • Works with key campus partners in developing and coordinating initiatives in areas of safety and emergency planning.
  • Manages driver certification for all employee and student drivers on campus.
  • Develops, maintains, and oversees the implementation of safety-related policies and procedures. Ensures safety and emergency information on the University's website is kept current.
  • Assists with safety components of major events on campus such as commencement, open-houses, spree day, move-in days, etc.
  • Coordinates with relevant departments to develop, implement, and update loss control and safety awareness programs that pertain to occupational and general campus safety. Conducts training as necessary.
  • Manages the travel registry (Terra Dotta).
  • Assists librarian with the safekeeping of the Fine Arts Collection.


Emergency Response/Planning


  • Partners with the Chief of Police to develop and maintain the University's emergency plans and procedures. Assists with conducting periodic table-top exercises to ensure the plan's effectiveness. Serves as a key member of the Emergency Response Core Assessment Team and the Emergency Notification Team.
  • Manages the University's emergency notification system and related safety app (Rave Guardian). Trains staff who are responsible for sending out emergency alerts; tests system on a regular basis; develops message templates; develops strategies for increasing student/staff participation in the program.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • Supervises the EHS Officer/ Lab Manager


Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in a risk management, safety and/or insurance related position
  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including standing, walking, lifting items up to 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge and experience with pertinent Federal, State, and Local Regulations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the Mission of the University specifically.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community


Additional Information:


As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.


At Clark University, we are dedicated to building a workplace that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion. We believe that diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a more innovative and productive work environment. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our hiring practices, employee development programs, and campus culture. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to join our team and contribute their unique ideas to help us achieve our goals.


Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.


To review the Clark University Police Department Annual Security and Fire Safety Report visit here.



Application Instructions:


To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:


  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.


Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Organization

Working at Clark University
 

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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