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Director of Safety & Risk Management

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

Job Details

Company Description:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Vice President/CFO and the Vice President/GC, this is position is responsible for overseeing the University's insurance program, implementing and overseeing safety programs and policies, advising campus constituents on risk-management issues, assisting with the development and maintenance of emergency plans, investigating and facilitating the timely resolution to compliance and risk-related incidents and accidents on campus, and coordinating the University's enterprise risk management efforts.



  • Chairs risk-related committees including Campus Safety Committee, Travel Abroad Crisis Management Team, Risk Council and Student Health Insurance Committee.
  • Report/investigate all University safety-related incidents.  Assist Human Resources with employee worker comp related claims.
  • Manages the University Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process and, as required, engages with the Audit and Strategic Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees on risk assessment protocols.
  • Serve as University's representative on the Independent Schools Compensation Corporation workers-compensation program.
  • In conjunction with University Police and Residential Life & Housing, coordinates/implements building fire drill and building evacuation plans.
  • Works with key campus partners in developing and coordinating initiatives in areas of safety and emergency planning.
  • Manages driver certification for all employee and student drivers on campus.
  • Develops, maintains, and oversees the implementation of safety-related policies and procedures.  Ensures safety and emergency information on the University's website is kept current. 
  • Assists with safety components of major events on campus such as commencement, open-houses, spree day, move-in days, etc.
  • Coordinates with relevant departments to develop, implement, and update loss control and safety awareness programs that pertain to occupational and general campus safety. Conducts training as necessary.
  • Manages the travel registry (Terra Dotta).
  • Assists librarian with the safekeeping of the Fine Arts Collection.
  • Serves as resource for campus constituents seeking counsel on risk-related matters.



  • With the assistance of outside consultants, manages and evaluates the University's insurance portfolio (excluding employee health insurance and unemployment insurance).  Identifies and analyzes risk exposures to procure appropriate and cost-effective insurance to protect the assets of the University.
  • Submits and manages insurance claims and expedites the process with the appropriate insurance carrier.


Emergency Response/Planning

  • Partners with the Chief of Police to develop and maintain the University's emergency plans and procedures.   Conducts periodic table-top exercises to ensure the plan's effectiveness.  Serves as a key member of the Emergency Response Core Assessment Team and the Emergency Notification Team.
  • Manages the University's emergency notification system and related safety app (Rave Guardian).  Trains staff who are responsible for sending out emergency alerts; tests system on a regular basis; develops message templates; develops strategies for increasing student/staff participation in the program.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the EHS Officer/ Lab Manager


  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in a risk management, safety and/or insurance related position
  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including standing, walking, lifting items up to 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge and experience with pertinent Federal, State, and Local Regulations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the Mission of the University specifically.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community

Additional Information:

As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.

At Clark University, we are dedicated to building a workplace that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion. We believe that diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a more innovative and productive work environment. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our hiring practices, employee development programs, and campus culture. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to join our team and contribute their unique ideas to help us achieve our goals.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

To review the Clark University Police Department Annual Security and Fire Safety Report visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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Clark University

Clark University was founded in 1887 as one of the first all-graduate institutions in the country. Today, Clark promotes a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within the context of a research experience that addresses challenges on a global scale.

We’re privately funded, coeducational, and nonsectarian, and we offer bachelor’s, master’s, certificate, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Clark University’s 72-acre, tree-filled campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, known as “the Heart of New England.” Our location in the center of the state makes us easily accessible from just about any point in New England, including Boston (one hour), Providence (45 minutes), and Portland, Maine (two hours). We’re also an easy 3-1/2-hour drive from New York City.

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