Senior Director Risk Management and Insurance

University of Oregon

Senior Director Risk Management and Insurance

Senior Director Risk Management and Insurance

Job no: 533258
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Executive/Management/Director, Operations/Infrastructure, Planning/Project Management
Department:Safety and Risk Services

Department: Safety and Risk Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $135,000 – $170,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2023-2024
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins

March 1, 2024; open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email
Department Summary

Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, within an easy drive to the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon (UO) is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching. Founded in 1876, UO enrolls 23,202 students from all fifty states and 94 countries. Designated as a Tier 1 national public research university comprised of nine schools and colleges offering more than 300 undergraduate programs, the University of Oregon is one of just two institutions in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UO among its top 100 National Universities and Oregon’s #1 public university.

The Department of Risk Management and Insurance, part of the Division of Safety and Risk Services (SRS), works to optimize risk identification, mitigation, and control in all university activities. It protects the university’s assets by identifying and analyzing risk exposures, controlling those exposures, mitigating risks, financing losses, and implementing and monitoring risk-management processes.
Position Summary

Reporting to the vice president of safety and risk services and chief resilience officer, the senior director of risk management and insurance manages the University of Oregon’s broad range of risk management initiatives and insurance programs, providing strategic and operational leadership that effectively develops and implements the programs and services of the department. Managing the daily operations of the risk management and insurance office, the senior director plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates all facets of risk assessment, financing, and transfer; contract management; loss control efforts; and claim management. The senior director administers the finances necessary to complete insurance and claims transactions with campus departments and third parties, including workers’ compensation, casualty, property, and specialty insurance; represents the department on campus-wide and community committees; and collaborates closely with campus partners to enact a comprehensive enterprise risk management program in a highly decentralized campus environment.

The senior director of risk management and insurance hires, trains, develops, and evaluates a dynamic staff of five, including two direct reports, and manages an annual operating budget of $700,000 and an insurance and claims pool of approximately $10 million.
Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • CPCU, CIC, ARM certification or similar professional designation
  • Progressively responsible experience in risk and/or insurance field acquired in an insurance broker/agency office, insurance company, and/or risk management office
    Professional Competencies
  • Expertise in working with a variety of insurance products, managing claims, including setting reserves, managing self-insured retentions and deductibles
  • Extensive knowledge about insurance contract language and risk transfer
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master or doctoral degree in a related field
  • Experience in higher education insurance and/or risk management
  • Experience working in a large decentralized organizations

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at


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