City of Highland Park

Risk Manager (Highland Park, Buffalo Grove and Elk Grove Village)

**This recruitment is being managed by City of Highland Park**

Primary Purpose: Develops, implements, and manages risk management and loss control programs for three municipalities, who are all members of the same liability insurance pool. Acts on behalf of the municipalities on matters related to workers’ compensation settlement of tort claims. Plans, organizes, develops, integrates, and administers risk management and loss control programs to minimize exposures to adverse consequences to the municipalities. Develops and promotes strategic vision for municipal risk and safety performance. Establishes policies and procedures for mitigating known and emerging risks. Plans workflow, methods, and standards of acceptable work. Exercises discretion in carrying out the municipalities’ risk management and loss control missions and goal. Provides leadership, direction, and support. Facilitates and enhances process improvements. Reviews and advises regarding risk management and loss control program budget.

Supervision Received: Reports to the Assistant City Manager/Human Resources Manager, with direction and guidance also provided by the Finance Director and management of the other two municipalities.

This position is an IMRF pension eligible role. City of Highland Park Salary Grade 10. Expected hiring range $65,375 – $73,000 dependent on qualification. Max of full range $87,166.74.

***This role will be split trilaterally between City of Highland Park, Village of Buffalo Grove and Elk Grove Village as part of an intergovernmental agreement.. The position will be based in City of Highland Park with required regular site visits Buffalo Grove and Elk Grove Village facilities.***


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Support the municpalities’ liability insurance pool (and the related Board Members) to ensure adequate protection against loss; review contracts recommended by the pool’s Administrator for language affecting risk management and loss control considerations, reviews documents to identify and rectify deficiencies ; review risk coverage recommended by the pool’s Administrator and ensures that insurance coverage is adequate, and review potential coverage improvements.

Establish strategic interventions to mitigate the impact of on-the-job employee injury on municipal operations; ensure that municipal workers’ compensation programs are in compliance with state regulations and provide appropriate benefits and services to injured municipal staff; facilitate collaboration between municipal department management to avoid employment liability; approve program design and oversee the investigation of injuries, with evaluation and settlement of claims.

Oversee the municpalities’ tort liability programs to ensure effective investigation, administration, settlement, and adjudication of tort claims; recommend strategic interventions to mitigate impact of negligence errors by municipal employees; collaborate with municipal department management and municipal corporation counsel on the defense and resolution of tort lawsuits.

Direct the development and implementation of the municpalities’ risk awareness, loss prevention, and exposure control policies, programs, initiatives, and incentives designed to improve safety for municipal staff and the public and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and community best practices. Works with municipal partners on the development and administration of preventative/remedial training.

Prepare or lead the preparation of strategic plans and annual work plans; develop, implement, improve, monitor, and evaluate programs, projects, workflow, methods, and work products in accordance with the municpalities’ plans, budgets, and policies.

Inspect the municipalities’ buildings, grounds, work sites and facilities, vehicles and equipment to detect existing or potential risks or health hazards including environmental hazards, and recommends corrective or preventive measures. Analyzes and classifies risk as to frequency and potential severity; prepares operational and risk reports for SLIP Board analysis.

Guide the staff assigned to risk management and loss control responsibilities.

Perform other related job duties or responsibilities as requested or required, whether or not specifically mentioned in this job description.


Required Minimum Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or field related to risk management and loss control.

Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional level experience developing, implementing, and managing risk management and loss control programs, with supervisory experience.

Certification or License: Professional designation or licensure from accredited risk management or occupational safety organization, such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) is preferred, but not required. A valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record or any combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

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