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Director of Safety and Risk Management
Job no: 497803
Work type: Limited
University of Wisconsin-Platteville has an opportunity for a Director of Safety and Risk Management to join our Platteville campus.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, the Director of Safety and Risk Management develops risk management program goals, identifies risk management issues, coordinates unit response, and provides education and training to eliminate potential risks and find solutions for existing risks.
This position is responsible for all aspects of the UW-Platteville Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety programs on campus; implements and interprets various Federal and State regulations; distributes safety information from the University Risk Management Office and UW-System Occupational Health and Safety Office; and maintains records for the University Risk Management Office.
For all assigned units, establishes priorities that align with the strategic directives of the university and departments as well as those of University of Wisconsin System Administration, Office of Risk Management and the Department of Administration, Bureau of State Risk Management.
The Director of Risk Management provides direct supervision of Environmental Health and Safety Manager, and other assigned staff, and monitors departmental compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and relevant contractual obligations.
This is a full time, benefits and paid leave eligible position. Minimum salary is $90,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Identifies and analyzes risk-related issues, responds to risk-related inquiries, and directs the operational functions of investigations
- Organizes logistical resources for the peer review processes and analyzes and evaluates information obtained from risk-related investigations
- Implements and administers major risk management program functions such as property, liability, auto, and workers compensation. Manages and assists with the investigation of potentially compensable events (PCEs) and other claims.
- Recommends and implements solutions for risk-related issues and events and audits the impact of proposed solutions and resolutions
- Develops and executes risk-related trainings and educational programs
- Responds to public records, third-party, and subpoena requests for depositions, consultations, and expert witnesses among the institutional community
- Directs strategic planning initiatives and creates unit objectives and goals to ensure compliance with established rules and regulations
Environmental Health and Safety:
- Serves as the administrative leader of the institutional environmental health and safety programs and services.
- Advises and collaborates with executive leadership on critical issues, representing the functional area of supervision at appropriate meetings and events as requested, and serves on and/or leads various program and/or university committees.
- Monitors environment, health and safety compliance with laws, regulations, university policies and procedures, and relevant contractual obligations. Identifies policy development needs and assists with policy interpretation and proposes revisions.
- Monitors on-going assessment and continuous improvement of programs and services by guiding the establishment of annual goals, ensuring progress towards goals is met, identifying challenges, and reporting on annual outcomes and achievements for all environment health and safety programs and services.
Leadership and Compliance:
- Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. - Establishes priorities that align with the strategic directives of Administrative Services, ensures units effectively carry out duties in a way that best supports the strategic direction of the university. Provides direct supervision of department/division leadership staff, and monitors compliance with laws, regulations, university policies and procedures, and relevant contractual obligations.
- Monitors on-going assessment and continuous improvement of programs and services by guiding the establishment of annual goals, ensuring progress towards goals is met, articulating challenges, and reporting on annual outcomes and achievements for programs and services.
Emergency Management and Preparedness:
- In collaboration with UWPPD, develops emergency/disaster preparedness plans, and directs and/or supervises the emergency management team and emergency management programs for the institution to ensure safety and security of the community and affiliates.
- Assists leadership in developing goals and objectives consistent with unit strategies.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational or Environmental Safety and Health, Safety Science, or other applicable field.
- 3-5 years' experience in risk management and occupational health/safety
- Experience with risk management program functions such as property, liability, auto, and workers compensation
- Strong supervisory, leadership, and personnel management skills to effectively direct, administer and manage through others, including knowledge of units’ organizational structure, development and evaluation
- Ability to exercise good judgment in making high-level management decisions and commitments
- Demonstrable knowledge of applicable Federal and State environmental, health and safety regulations (OSHA; EPA; WI DNR, DSPS, DHS, etc.).
- Ability to develop, implement and manage occupational health and safety policies and procedures.
- Ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a timely fashion.
- Ability to develop and conduct training programs.
- Ability to conduct thorough inspections/investigations and write detailed reports.
- Ability to analyze and create technical reports on safety and environmental issues
- Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office software.
- Excellent quantitative, speaking and writing skills.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal.
Priority deadline: To ensure full consideration applications must be received by August 25, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
How to Apply:
The following documents are required for applicant consideration:
- Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
- A current resume
- Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
- Additional documents as needed
We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse,
inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A
criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S.
at time of hire.
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all
individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry,
disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a
veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any
other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is
illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student,
or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any
proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.
The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will
provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will
provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a
program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and
veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the
program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation.
Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.
Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to
build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters
mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment
opportunity through affirmative action.
In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available
for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a
paper copy of the annual report.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality
in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
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