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Senior Director of Risk Management and Insurance

University of Oregon
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Senior Director of Risk Management and Insurance

University of Oregon

Senior Director of Risk Management and Insurance

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.

The Position

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.


Requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; CPCU, CIC, or ARM certification (or a similar professional designation); and demonstrated progressive risk- or insurance-related experience acquired in an insurance broker/agency office, insurance company, or risk management office. Other requirements include demonstrated expertise in working with a variety of insurance products, managing claims, and self-insured retentions and deductibles; extensive knowledge regarding insurance contract language and risk transfer; and excellent communication, analytical, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills. A master's or doctoral degree in a related field, experience in higher education insurance and risk management, and familiarity working in a large, decentralized organization are highly preferred. 

Application and Nomination

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

Public Salary Range: $135,000-$170,000

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The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance.

The term "diversity" can be defined in a number of different ways. The UO looks at it broadly and inclusively, encompassing race, ethnicity, disability, thought, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and economics. The UO seeks to promote further diversity among its faculty, staff, and student body through active recruitment and intentional retention.

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