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Risk Management Specialist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title Risk Management Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Risk, Compliance and Policy Services (RCPS) provides a range of institutional services.  It operates the University’s risk management, compliance, public records, policy and rules (WAC) development activities, and acts as a consultant and service-provider to executive, division, college, and unit leadership who have substantive responsibility for managing risk and compliance.  Along with Internal Audit, RCPS supports the Finance, Audit and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Committee of Western’s Board of Trustees in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities for the University.

RCPS and the division of Business and Financial Affairs support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

As our Risk Management Specialist you will be responsible for the day-to-day administration and coordination of the University’s various property, liability and student insurance programs, and their related functions, including the handling of property and liability claims.  You will provide advice to individuals within the campus community who have substantive responsibility for managing risk in their areas.  You will also seek restitution from culpable third-parties that have caused damage or loss to University assets.  In addition you support compliance and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) activities.

Position Responsibilities:      

Insurance and Risk Management Finance:

  • Procures and coordinates property, liability and student insurance policies, self-insurance and, if applicable alternative risk-financing.  Assures timely renewals, policy issuances, providing underwriting data, and amends coverage as the University’s exposure to risk changes.
  • Completes a technical review of all insurance documents, including policies and endorsements, for accuracy.
  • Implements the University policy for allocation of costs for insurance, self-insurance, and other risk management expenses to appropriate divisions, colleges, departments or programs, or other cost centers.
  • Arranges online self-enrollment and payment solutions for voluntary student insurance plans.
  • Administers the contractual relationships with third-party service providers, including insurance brokers, insurers, claims adjusters, and the State of Washington.
  • Arranges for the issuance of University certificates of insurance.

Risk Management/Compliance/ERM:

  • Provides guidance and process to University employees on best practices and practical solutions for identifying, assessing and responding to risk.
  • In coordination with the Director, develops and implements University policies and procedures to respond to risk associated with University activities.
  • Develops and provides trainings, briefings, and other presentations on insurance and risk management strategies for University audiences.
  • May respond to emergencies and disasters as part of the University’s incident command system (ICS) or other response team.
  • Represents risk management on University committees and project teams.
  • Maintains risk management and insurance webpage.
  • In the Director’s absence, analyzes contracts and agreements entered into by the University with respect to indemnity, insurance and other risk-related provisions, reviews certificates of insurance, and makes recommendations for mitigating contractual liability and risk. 

Claims and Restitution:

  • Facilitates the resolution of claims and lawsuits by analyzing insurance policies or self-insurance for coverage, recommending possible resolutions, and administers claims submissions and payments. 
  • Facilitates claims investigations and legal discovery when necessary. 
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Attorney General’s Office and outside counsel on litigation and potential litigation/claims.
  • Collaborates with insurance adjusters on property damage or loss claims.
  • Seeks restitution from culpable third-parties that have caused damage or loss to University assets.
  • Seeks public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Washington State Emergency Management Division when it becomes available. 


  • Assists with compliance management, internal controls, public records requests and University policy services, and serves as back up in the absence of RCPS staff.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional skills and knowledge regarding risk management practices and risks related to higher education.
  • Complies with University policies and procedures, state laws, and state regulations as required to successfully accomplish the duties of the position.
  • At the request of the Director, performs other duties as assigned, including special projects.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Hold an Associate in Risk Management (ARM), or similar insurance/risk management designation
  • Five (5) years of progressive risk management or commercial insurance company experience
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating and working effectively with broad constituent groups and/or teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic contracting practices
  • Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, and the ability to deliver sensitive information tactfully and professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff and the general public
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high moral and ethical standards
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing projects and deadlines
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a higher education or government risk management program
  • Knowledge and experience with Enterprise Risk Management
  • Experience with a compliance program, internal controls, public records requests, and/or policy writing
Salary Start of salary range is $66,258, commensurate with experience, with an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

To be considered you must submit the following: 1) A cover letter that specifically demonstrates how you meet the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vita or resume; and 3) names and contact information for four professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications will begin October 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, potential applicants may inquire confidentially to Jennifer Sloan, search coordinator, by email:

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western’s campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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