Director, Risk Management and Safety (140004)

Lakeland, Polk County
Jan 22, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Polk State College is located in beautiful Central Florida between the metropolitan areas of Tampa and Orlando. It boasts a relaxed lifestyle with affordable housing. Polk County is noted to be one of most affordable place to live in the United States by the National Home Builders Association. With campuses in Lakeland and Winter Haven and centers in Lake Wales and Lakeland, Polk State College serves over 10,000 credit and 11,000 non-credit students. We seek diverse faculty and staff with a student-centered focus to support our service excellence mission and our world class vision. Employees at Polk State College enjoy excellent employee benefits, a unique workplace environment, and the opportunity to contribute to the services and traditions that make Polk State great. For additional information on the opportunity, please refer to the Job Description and Salary Schedule, located under “Employment Related Documents” on our “Careers” page.


At Polk State, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. The Director, Risk Management and Safety position reports to the college VP of Administration and is an excellent opportunity within the college's Business Service department. We offer a collaborative, creative and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your efforts to grow professionally and to be recognized for your contributions, then come work for Polk State.



Reporting to the VP of Administration/CFO, this professional position is primarily responsible for providing college-wide leadership in the management of environmental risk management and safety programs. This position will ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations at all college campuses and learning centers. This position requires the establishment of an effective and collaborative working relationship with faculty, staff and students and to ensure their continuous safety and loss prevention.


  • Directs overall risk management and safety programs for the college.
  • Develops, implements and manages effective risk management and loss prevention initiatives and programs preventing injuries and illnesses, vehicular collisions, liabilities, and property damages.
  • Supports short-term and strategic college planning processes, working with the Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer, as well as faculty and staff
  • Oversees the college-wide comprehensive safety and casualty inspection program to ensure compliance with State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF): compliance with applicable rules and regulations for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), and OSHA.
  • Develops and maintains a safety policy and procedures manual for use by all college employees. Serves as the Chair Person for the college-wide Safety Committee. Ensures regular meetings, appropriate membership and productive outcomes of safety meetings.
  • Advises College Administration on the best practices and cost effectiveness of insurance options for major college initiatives.
  • Provides assistance and performs other related work in support of various projects assigned by the Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer.

This position is a level P16. Please review the Job Description and the Polk State College Salary Schedule here to ensure our pay ranges are within your compensation expectations. Generally, for exempt positions starting salaries are between the minimum and the midpoint (benchmark). For Career (non-exempt positions), it is between a Step 0 and a Step 5 on the appropriate level.

Required Skills

  1. Knowledge of training techniques, functions and resources for providing training programs.
  2. Knowledge of applicable and current best practices in risk management and safety regulations and procedures.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and preparing written reports and memoranda.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people to coordinate projects between diverse groups of people.
  5. Knowledge of insurance and underwriting practices.
  6. Ability to conduct safety training presentations.
  7. Ability to establish objectives and direct effective long and short range plans.
  8. Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data.
  9. Knowledge of in First Aid, CPR, Safety, Fire and Hazardous Materials, OSHA, EPA, workers compensation, and MSDS as preferred.
  10. Possession of a valid Florida’s Driver’s License; eligible to obtain a Florida’s license within 30 days.
  11. Ability to work cooperatively with all personnel.


Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.

Experience Required

A minimum of five years of experience in risk management, to include property and casualty and workers compensation insurance/safety, is required.

Preferred Experience:

Higher Education experience is preferred.

We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Vacation (except faculty), Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible) and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits (vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.

Important Information:

  • Application Requirements: A completed online application consists of a resume and an electronic job application.
    • Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.

  • Background Screening: Reference checks and successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting) will be required prior to employment.

  • Non-Instructional Transcripts: For professional/salaried positions, uploading of unofficial transcript(s) during the hiring process is welcomed, but not required.

    • Foreign transcripts must include an official transcript evaluation which interprets equivalency to U.S. graduate credits.
    • Submission of official transcripts will be required as a condition of employment following receipt of job offer.

  • Veterans’ Preference: Eligible applicants may use the Documentation Form to apply for Veterans’ Preference for positions in qualifying categories. The DD-214 and all required documentation must be submitted with the completed application for consideration.

  • Relocation: Polk State College does NOT provide relocation assistance for this position.

  • This position will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

A Polk State College eApplication is required in order to be considered for the position.

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.