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Risk Manager - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0126)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $6,889.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $9,505.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: City Attorney's Office
Closes: August 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Under direction of the City Attorney, establish policy for, and provide oversight of the City’s overall loss control, general risk management and safety activities designed to prevent, reduce/control, or transfer  loss exposure, to create a safe work environment for City staff and to assure the efficient and economical operation of the City’s property, liability, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance programs; and performs related work as required.


  • Plans, organizes, develops, supervises, and coordinates the operations of the Risk Management Division, establishing policy for and managing the City’s Risk Management and Safety and Loss Control programs, and serves as a member of the City Attorney’s Office management team
  • Recommends selection, trains, and evaluates the performance of the staff in the Division.
  • Manages the preparation and administration of the budget for the Risk Management Division, working with the actuary to determine appropriate reserve projections and establishing agreements with the various City Departments to address services and premiums based on claims expenses and risk exposures.
  • Coordinates, prepares, and/or presents studies, reports, and agenda items to the City Council and other City boards or teams.  
  • Serves as a liaison with other public agencies, insurance companies, and service providers to ensure an efficient and cost effective operation.
  • Oversees claim adjustment activities, including recovery, resolution and/or settlement posture within political, legal, technical and loss funding constraints.
  • Oversees a comprehensive claims management system that maintains a data base of all claims and related activity.
  • Coordinates with attorneys to provide research and recommendations for legal issues concerned with safety and risk management and coordinates defense strategies with attorneys within the City Attorney’s Office and with outside counsel.
  • Oversees the City’s safety program to assure compliance with OSHA, WISHA and L&I regulations, providing selected, centralized staff training and data-base services, and  providing assistance to departmental representatives to address their safety responsibilities.
  • Provide bi-annual reports to the various City Departments on their claims and worker injury activity, identifying trends and causes of accidents and making recommendations to initiate purposeful action to eliminate the causes or minimize their impact.
  • Establishes and reviews insurance requirements and makes recommendations for the level of risk transfer and safety measures needed to assure reasonable balance of risk for the City and its contracts and agreements.
  • Provides direction and supervision to Risk Management staff who inspect work sites and review operating procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal safety and health regulations.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages insured and self-insured programs for the City’s property, liability, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance programs.
  • Coordinates obtaining information needed by the City’s broker to obtain commercial insurance, determines coverage levels, reviews bids, and makes recommendations for placing insurance or retaining risk; approves and audits all property and casualty insurance premium billing.
  • Develops specifications and RFPs for contracted services, negotiates and prepares contract provisions and essential documentation.
  • Tracks sensitive federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory issues directly affecting the City’s Risk Management program and provide recommendations for the City’s legislative activity.
  • Assures compliance of the City’s self-insurance worker’s compensation and liability programs with Section 111 Mandatory Reporting under the Medicaid, Medicare & SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 as amended.
  • Serves as a technical advisor to all departments on risk and safety issues.



  • Works under the general supervision of the City Attorney.
  • Supervises professional and  support staff either directly or through others.



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Finance, Business, or Public Administration.
  • Five or more years of professional related experience (preferably in the public sector) in areas of  risk management/claims administration and significant supervisory responsibility for professional and support staff.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Associate in Risk Management Certification preferred.



  • Knowledge of principles and practices of administration, supervision, budgeting, and public relations.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of risk management and loss control principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of financial and legal requirements for developing, implementing, and administering self-insurance plans.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and safety inspection methods.
  • Knowledge of principles of investigation and claims adjustment.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes, or regulations related to risk management and workers’ compensation including State of Washington Labor Code.
  • Knowledge of medical and technical terminology used in industrial injury cases.
  • Knowledge of municipal government organization, operation, policies, and objectives.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and computer software packages related to database, spreadsheet, and word-processing applications.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage the risk management and loss control programs, including Workers’ Compensation, liability, unemployment, self-insurance, and safety plans.
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of the Risk Management Division.
  • Ability to implement and evaluate long-range plans for reducing City losses and costs associated with general liability, workers’ compensation, property and casualty exposures.
  • Ability to analyze insurance policy provisions to determine the existence and extent of coverage.
  • Ability to analyze, classify, and rate risks, exposure, and loss expectancies.
  • Ability to negotiate and administer insurance contracts and resolve problems and issues.
  • Ability to research, evaluate and recommend policies and programs to comply with state laws and regulations.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, apply, and explain laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to conduct studies, analyze data, evaluate alternatives, and develop recommendations to resolve problems or issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and present reports, correspondence, and agenda items to the City Council, City committees, and boards.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees, City staff, elected and appointed officials, vendors and the public.
  • Ability to exercise tact and deal effectively with officials and employees of the City, other jurisdictions, and the public.



  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004