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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1310

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will

March 1996

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Risk Manager


Under direction of the Personnel Director, develops, implements, administers and coordinates risk management programs designed to minimize losses and to assure the efficient and economical operation of the City's liability, Workers' Compensation, employee safety, and loss control programs; and performs related work as required.

Example Of Duties

  • Plans, organizes, develops, supervises and coordinates the operations of the Risk Management Division.
  • Recommends selection, trains and evaluates the performance of the staff in the Division.
  • Prepares and administers the annual budget for the Risk Management division.
  • Coordinates with attorneys to provide research and recommendations for legal issues concerned with safety and risk management.
  • Coordinates, prepares and presents studies, reports and agenda items to the City Council and other City boards or teams.
  • Maintains a complete record system of all claims and related activities.
  • Serves as a liaison with other public agencies, insurance companies and service providers to ensure an efficient and cost effective operation.
  • Investigates, negotiates and settles claims within established guidelines by representing the City in the settlement of small property and liability claims and recommending the settlement of larger claims.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive claims management system for making determinations on processing of public liability claims and supervises the processing of City claims for damages against individuals and other agencies.
  • Coordinates loss control and safety programs and policies in conjunction with departmental representatives.
  • Develops and implements an employee safety program which effectively identifies causes of accidents and initiates purposeful action to eliminate the causes or minimize their impact.
  • Establishes and reviews insurance requirements for City contracts and screens agreements, leases, and purchase documents to eliminate or minimize potential risk and liability.
  • Inspects work sites and reviews operating procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal safety and health regulations.
  • Plans, organizes and manages insured and self-insured programs for municipal, general and automotive liability, airport liability, property/casualty, safety and loss control plans.
  • Prepares insurance specifications, reviews bids, and makes recommendations for placing insurance or retaining risk; approves and audits all property and casualty insurance premium billing.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, budgeting and public relations;
  • Principles and practices of risk management and loss control principles and techniques;
  • Financial and legal requirements for developing, implementing, and administering self-insurance plans;
  • CAL/OSHA regulations and safety inspection methods;
  • Principles of investigation and claims adjustment;
  • Federal, state and local laws, codes or regulations related to risk management and workers' compensation including State of California Labor Code;
  • Jurisdiction, functions, and procedures of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board;
  • Medical and technical terminology used in industrial injury cases;
  • Municipal government organization, operation, policies and objectives;
  • Personal computers and computer software packages related to database, spreadsheet and word-processing applications.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, organize and manage the risk management and loss control programs, including Workers' Compensation, liability, self-insurance and safety plans;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of the Risk Management Division;
  • Implement and evaluate long-range plans for reducing City losses and costs associated with general liability, workers' compensation, property, health, and casualty exposures;
  • Analyze insurance policy provisions to determine the existence and extent of liability;
  • Analyze, classify, and rate risks, exposure and loss expectancies;
  • Negotiate and administer insurance contracts and resolve problems and issues;
  • Research, evaluate and recommend policies and programs to comply with state laws and regulations;
  • Understand, interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, regulations, polices and procedures;
  • Conduct studies, analyze data, evaluate alternatives and develop recommendations to resolve problems or issues;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Prepare and present reports, correspondence, and agenda items to the City Council, City committees and boards;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees, City staff, elected and appointed officials, vendors and the public;
  • Exercise tact and deal effectively with officials and employees of the City, other jurisdictions, and the public.
  • License Required

    At the time of appointment, a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License of the appropriate class or grade.


    Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the administration of risk management, safety or similar programs involving Workers' Compensation, property/casualty and liability claims including experience supervising professional, technical and support staff. Experience working in the public sector is desirable.
    Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration, Human Resource Management or a related field. Specific or substantial experience, in addition to the five (5) years required, which prepares one to perform the job duties may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

    Special Requirements

    Possession of an Associate in Risk Management certificate is preferred. Possession of a valid California Drivers' License.