Chapman University - Assistant Vice President of Risk Management

CA, Orange

Chapman University, a nationally-ranked R2 institution with two campuses in Orange County, California, seeks a new Assistant Vice President of Risk Management. 

Reporting to Chapman University’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the AVP is responsible for overseeing the administration of the University’s insurance, enterprise risk management, operational risk management, and environmental health and safety programs. This will include supporting the renewals and extensions of existing lines of insurance; growing and preserving University assets; coordinating claims activity with appropriate internal University stakeholders and external insurance providers and partners. The AVP will also develop and maintain a strategic insurance and enterprise risk management plan for Chapman University; coordinate policies, procedures, and training programs in insurance, safety, loss prevention, and other trainings designed to mitigate exposure. This will include creating an institutional framework for risk management, preparing reports on safety, recovering damage expenses from insurance providers, and implementing controls for other university compliance related areas (Legal Affairs, Compliance, Human Resources, and elsewhere) with the ultimate goals of efficiently protecting the university’s assets, reputation, and integrity. 

As a campus resource, the AVP will cultivate and maintain strong working relationships and partnerships with academic leadership (at both the school and the campus levels), the Offices of Legal Affairs and Compliance, and other campus partners and stakeholders. The AVP will oversee a staff of professional employees who provide a high level of customer service to the university constituency groups and will be familiar with applicable state and federal environmental regulations that apply in a university setting. A bachelor’s degree is required, as are five years of progressively responsible experience implementing effective risk management and environmental health and safety programs. A master’s degree preferred and previous experience in higher education are preferred. 

Located in the City of Orange in sunny Southern California, Chapman University is a mid-sized private university offering a personalized education that prepares students to lead inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens. In the last two decades, Chapman has achieved remarkable growth in both size and national prominence. With the expansion of the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, it will be important for the incumbent to understand and leverage the strengths and dynamic cultures of Chapman’s multi-site footprint and work partners at each campus to ensure a cohesive and collaborative environment focused on high academic quality and student success. 

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