Risk Manager

  • City of Sparks
  • Sparks, NV
  • Jun 23, 2021
Full time Compliance HR Project Manager Government Risk Management

Job Description

Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the City of Sparks! Aside from working for an organization that is dedicated to the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. Follow the link below to start the application process!

There is currently one (1) Risk Manager opening in the Management Services Division of the Office of the City Manager. This position is open to all interested persons meeting the minimum qualifications. The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Under administrative direction, coordinates and executes the activities essential to risk management, including loss analysis and prevention, insurance, liability and safety programs; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; develops, administers, and updates programs for safety of City employees and customers, including training in safety and loss prevention for other City departments; develops corrective measures to reduce risk and loss; conducts accident investigations; ensures a safe work environment and compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and industry standards for the minimization of liability to the City and the protection of City assets, including people, property, financial resources, and environmental resources.


This class is a division manager, responsible for risk management activities.


Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:

Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, or a related field, and five (5) years of full-time professional experience in a risk management program, including experience in analyzing risk exposure and developing and implementing appropriate risk management strategies.

Licenses and Certificates:

Must possess within ninety (90) days of hire and maintain throughout employment, an Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) 30 certification.

Must possess within thirty (30) days of hire and maintain throughout employment, the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license.

Must possess within six (6) months of hire, and maintain throughout employment, Incident Command System (ICS) 100/200.

Example of Essential Duties:

Design, plan, promote, implement, maintain, oversee and evaluate a comprehensive risk management program. Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the City’s risk management program including but not limited to liability mitigation and minimization, loss analysis and prevention, liability and insurance needs and safety programs and functions. 

Analyze needs for general automobile, law enforcement, real property, and other insurance policies and coordinate with other departments to procure coverage. Administer the liability and property management program including claims processing for general, automobile, and law enforcement liability insurance policies. 

Coordinate with Human Resources to maintain up to date knowledge of workers’ compensation program and practices. Coordination with Safety Coordinators and the City safety committee to meet OSHA requirements. Participate in and/or manage the City’s safety committee that may be required by OSHA or other regulations. Coordinate with and assist departments in satisfying any reporting requirements. Coordinate with and assist departments in responding to correspondence from OSHA regarding complaints.

Serve as the primary point of contact for receipt and processing of all claims made against the City. Advise departments throughout the claims process. Manage and process claims that fall under the City’s self-insured retention through the City’s risk fund, including claims made from outside the City and payment for damages to City property and subsequent subrogation, if applicable. Coordinate with Medicare regarding insurance products and resolution of claims.

Provide interpretation and advice to city staff, vendors, and contractors regarding compliance with safety and security processes, procedures, and laws. Ensure contractor compliance with City safety policies. Analyze existing and proposed state and federal laws affecting City risk management and advise City departments how to gain and maintain compliance. Evaluate impacts to City operations and recommend and implement policy and procedural changes as appropriate. Coordinate resources for departments to meet federal and state safety requirements, including OSHA, EPA, and DOT requirements. 

Provide advice to City departments regarding risk and liability assessment and risk management activities. Conduct organizational and operational studies, investigations, and analyses. Conduct safety and loss control inspections, surveys, and hazard analyses of City operations and facilities. Advise employees and City management on loss prevention, safety practices, potential hazards, and mitigation strategies. Prepare and present written documents and reports on City safety and risk mitigation operations, including employee injury and illness statistics, successes, and concerns.

Evaluate department-specific areas of risk and recommend changes to processes and procedures to mitigate risks. Design and implement policies, procedures, and training to prevent and investigate accidents across City departments. Develop and provide routine and recurring employee safety training. Guide the development of new policies or procedures to prevent reoccurrence of accidents and incidents.

Review contracts for appropriate risk transfer and indemnification. Review scopes of work and assist departments in developing contract language to minimize exposure. 

Represent the City in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, professional and business organizations, and vendors and contractors. Attend and serve on boards, commissions, and committees, including the City’s risk committee, as required. Prepare and present clear, concise, and professional reports and presentations. Serve as the liaison for risk management activities between departments and outside agencies. 

Manage the City’s risk committee, including chairing monthly meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, gathering documentation concerning claims received, and presenting information regarding claims received.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Establish guidelines and create and negotiate strategies for claim resolution. Ensure staff, adjusters, and investigators research and prepare for cases according to established procedures. Consult and advise departments throughout the claim process.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of risk management, including safety, loss prevention, liability, and property management systems
  • Occupational health, safety, and accident prevention principles and practices
  • Applicable safety laws, standards, and codes, including but not limited to OSHA and DOT
  • Methods and techniques of claim negotiation and resolution
  • Contract negotiation and administration
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Professional oral and written communication
  • Municipal budget preparation and administration
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and software systems such as Microsoft Office and databases
  • Presentation skills to boards, commissions, City departments, and other agencies
  • Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, and make creative and sound recommendations
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines
  • Train others in work procedures
  • Maintain technical records and prepare clear, concise reports
  • Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work


Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to field sites and locations. Essential job functions require the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time and use typical office equipment, including a computer keyboard.


  • This position is Exempt under FLSA guidelines
  • This position is at-will and exempt from the Civil Service Regulations
  • This position reports to the assigned Assistant City Manager
  • Supervision exercised: None
  • May be required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions
  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screening and background investigation


Claims Processing, Business Unit Management, Risk Management-Compliance, Project Management




$72,904.00 - $109,366.40 Annually

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