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University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Director, Risk Management



Job Description

Tracking Code: 997-136

Department:  University Secretary and General Counsel

Number of Positions:  1

Position Title:   Director, Risk Management

Appointment Type:  Full Time Continuing

Posting Date:  September 15, 2017

Closing Date: September 29, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is found


In the past several years UOIT has made great strides in the development and implementation of an integrated University Risk Management (URM) plan.  We are looking for a leader to carry the URM vision forward. 

Supported by an effective URM Framework, the risk management function ensures that all risks affecting the realization of the University’s goals and objectives are effectively identified and managed on a prioritized basis.  An integral part of the risk management function is to place and manage the insurance program for the University and to manage all related claims should they arise.

Position Summary:

The Director of Risk Management provides strategic leadership and direction in the implementation and continued evolution of the URM framework that ensures consistent and proactive systems, processes and protocols to identify, analyse, evaluate and manage potential risks. Working with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), faculties and departments, the incumbent champions and coordinates the integration of risk management strategies across the University. Administering the URM framework on a day-to-day basis, the incumbent assists the University to identify key areas of risk and prioritize resource allocation, develops a comprehensive risk database, synthesizes information for effective communication to the Board of Governors about current and emerging risks facing the institution, and liaises with internal stakeholders (finance, health and safety, IT, etc.) providing expertise and coordination as appropriate.  The Director is the sole source responsible for contracting, managing and implementing the insurance for the University ensuring gaps in coverage are addressed and claims are managed.     


Reporting to the University Secretary and General Counsel at UOIT the Director will:

University Risk Management and Governance

  • Provide direction and set objectives with respect to managing the risks to the University’s goals and objectives
  • In consultation with the University Secretary and General Counsel lead the continued implementation of the University’s URM framework for identifying, assessing, managing and monitoring risk exposure, and perform day to day activities related to the administration of risk management activities
  • Act as vice-chair of the Risk Management Committee and work with range of cross functional groups to provide expertise and guidance, report on risks to various university operations and recommend risk mitigation strategies
  • Champion risk management principles and practices implementing effective communication and education strategies across the University
  • Develop risk management best practices, programs, policies and procedures for effective cross-functional risk management, supporting all areas of the University in the implementation of risk management strategies

  • Regularly assess and document the effectiveness of  the University’s risk mitigation strategies
  • Ensure compliance with URM policies and procedures and prepare URM reports including relevant, emerging and high priority risk issues
  • Develop comprehensive risk database implementing appropriate techniques and software to quantify and prioritize risks (e.g. create dashboards; identify trends and relationships and dependencies, etc.)

  • Track and develop metrics to demonstrate a cultural acceptance of URM within the University

Insurance Management

  • Be the sole source to contract, implement and manage all aspects of the University insurance program

  • Manage all insurance claims, both insured and uninsured, for the University

  • Manage and ensure compliance with the insurance budget including the preparation of reports and presentations to the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Governors where required

  • Act as the liaison between the University, the insurance broker, and the claimant

  • Take a strategic approach to litigation and insurance matters



  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of strategic risk management principles and practices and an understanding of the higher education environment

  • Significant leadership experience developing and implementing organization-wide programs, policies and procedures which reflect an informed understanding and assessment of risk at all levels of the University

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to critically assess and synthesize information, issues and context from diverse stakeholders

  • A proven ability to foster the development of strong partnerships with academic and administrative leaders and achieve cooperation and commitment at all levels of the organization without having direct authority

  • Excellent communication skills to develop effective communication strategies within a complex and consultative environment

  • Strong technical and data relationship skills related to the assessment and management of risk

  • University degree, or equivalent, related work experience and a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) designation

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format, a covering letter and their resume through the link at the bottom of this posting. Applications will be accepted until September 29, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UOIT respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department.

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University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Posting Date: 15-Sep-2017Risk Management Permanent, Full-Time Open 101-Nov-2017
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