Rice has the advantages of being a major research university while retaining an intimate size that enables an unusual amount of intellectual collaboration. The Director of Risk Management is integral to this relationship-based community and is a key partner in ensuring its functioning and vitality. A central part of this role entails serving as a key thought partner and trusted advisor to the university’s senior leaders on all risk management matters.
The past decade has been one of tremendous scholarly accomplishment, growth and change for Rice. For example, 40 percent of the faculty were not at Rice a decade ago, and non-U.S. citizens now comprise 25 percent of the faculty. The undergrad population is 30% larger and they participate in almost 300 student clubs, all of which require risk management plans. And the built environment is 40% larger than a decade ago. Rice is an institution on an upward trajectory and the next decade will bring more success and growth. As Rice’s risk management leader, the Director of Risk Management will enhance the university’s ability to further its mission and vision by leading and supporting risk management programs.
Reports to: Vice President of Administration
Direct Reports: 1 staff member
Significant Relationships: Chief Compliance Officer, Internal Audit, Crisis Management, Human Resources, General Counsel, Environmental Health and Safety
Identifies and analyzes risk exposures in order to procure appropriate and cost effective insurance to protect the assets of the University.
Administers the University’s insurance program and the self-insured retention programs including (but not limited to) assuring timely renewals, providing underwriting data, and amending coverage as exposures change.
Works with general counsel’s office in assessing contracts and license agreements and make recommendations related to indemnity agreements, and/or insurance limits for outside entities doing business with Rice.
Coordinates University risk and insurance related programs such as workers compensation including (but not limited to) investigating accidents/incidents, and determining compensable claims.
Works with general counsel’s office on liability claims, coordinating settlements, and referring claims to appropriate insurance carriers.
Develops, implements, and updates loss control programs and safety awareness programs to include training.
Administers Risk Management Information System to ensure programming meets departmental and user training needs.
Works with various campus departments and organizations on risk assessments concerning:
The Director of Risk Management position represents an exciting opportunity to be a member of the senior leadership team and impact the future of Rice University. The ideal candidate will: be an effective leader; be a person who integrates strategy and tactics to deliver results; develop relationships easily and views that as an essential part of their role; be a person of the highest integrity.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is highly
At least 10 years of progressively related experience is required.
Certified Risk Manager, Associate in Risk Management, and/or Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting designation is preferred.
Safety, loss prevention, and claims training experience is preferred.
Experience working in an academic environment is preferred. Candidates from other sectors should have experience with similar cultures and values found in universities (e.g., collective decision-making in a decentralized environment, transparency, working with ambiguity).
CRITICAL LEADER CAPABILITIES
Building Excellence in Risk Management
The Director will build a strategic and innovative approach to managing risk across the university.
Develops Programs that Deliver Results
Develop and implement programming related to safety, loss prevention, and risk management; and measure their outcomes.
Collaborating and Influencing
A person who develops relationships easily and sees that as an essential way of working. Employees expect the Director to be visible, accessible, and approachable.
Effectively communicate risk management strategy and relevant matters to Rice stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
A professional who embodies the core values of Rice – responsibility, integrity, community and
Demonstrates and supports a commitment to safety and risk management matters.
Influences others to do the right thing and is not heavy handed or bureaucratic.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 16, 2019. Candidates should provide a professional resume and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this position and candidate specification. These materials and a completed application may be submitted here and will be held in confidence:
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: S20020
About Rice University
Rice University is a leading, wide-spectrum research university, with a beautiful 300-acre wooded campus located in the heart of Houston. Rice is a private university that is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States. A member of the American Association of Universities, Rice is a university of international reach, defined by its distinctive focus on undergraduate education, low student to faculty ratio, residential college system, commitment to affordability and diversity, and research excellence across a full range of academic disciplines.
Under President David Leebron, Rice has experienced tremendous growth and transformation over the last decade. As part of the Vision for the Second Century, Rice’s strategic plan adopted in 2005, the University has significantly increased the size and diversity of its student population, doubled the research program, increased the capacity and vibrancy of the campus with over $1 billion in new construction, deepened its relationship with the city of Houston, built strong international relationships and programs, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and across the globe. Supporting these efforts wa...s the successful $1.1 billion Centennial Campaign.
This is an exciting time to be joining Rice. The university’s new vision and strategy – The Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (https://v2c2.rice.edu) – is ambitious and echoes the words of Rice’s founding president, “with no upper limit.”
Houston is one of the United States’ most dynamic, diverse, and cosmopolitan cities with no ethnic or racial majority. Ranking third in the number of foreign consulates, Houston is truly an international city. It serves as headquarters to 22 Fortune 500 companies and is home to the world’s largest medical center and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. One of five American cities with professional companies in all four major performing arts – ballet, opera, symphony and theater – Houston boasts world-class art museums and professional football, baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. The Rice campus, located three miles from downtown, is adjacent to the Museum District, Hermann Park, and Rice Village, a lively restaurant and shopping area.
KEY UNIVERSITY FACTS
- Students: 3,900 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate degree?seeking students from 94 countries.
- Selectivity: 29 applicants for each place in the freshman class.
- Employees: 800 full-time faculty; 200 post docs; 2,400 staff.
- Focus on Teaching: An undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.
- Research Excellence: $130 million in annual externally funded research.
- Financial: $700 million annual budget; $6 billion endowment.
- Athletics: Participates in 14 sports at the highest level of college athletics – NCAA Division I.
- Rankings: U.S. News & World Report (#16 national universities); Princeton Review (#2 quality of life; #1 race / class interaction; #5 happiest students); Kiplinger (#5 best value)