Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for Risk Manager in our Human Resources Department. The City’s Risk Manager is responsible for the oversight of a comprehensive risk management and loss control program. Responsibilities also include the development and administration of citywide safety programs; handling complex litigation; and the implementation of city-wide employee training programs. The ideal candidate will have over four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of a comprehensive risk management program or insurance underwriting, general liability insurance, and workers’ compensation. A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience is also critical for success in this position.

This is a full-time, benefited, and overtime exempt position that is not represented by a union. 

** A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This position is open until filled, with an initial review of applications occurring two weeks after opening. The selection process for this position will consist of up to two (2) panel interviews. Dates for these steps have not yet been determined, but candidates with the desired qualifications will be informed once scheduling is confirmed.


$10,164.00- 12,398.00 per month, depending on experience

For a listing of benefits, please use the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (


Under the direction of the Human Resources Director, plan, organize, and manage the day-to-day operations of a comprehensive risk management and loss control program designed to protect the City against all financial physical and human resources exposures and risks, including general liability, worker's compensation, property damages, and other risks.

Work is characterized by a substantial amount of management, administrative, and supervisory functions. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing, scheduling, organizing, directing, evaluating, and monitoring the Risk Management and loss control programs of the City; developing and administering the citywide safety programs involving all departments in safety and accident prevention activities; serving as the City's ADA Coordinator; managing complex litigation involving outside Counsel and City Attorney; coordinating city wide employee training programs; serving as a consultant and technical advisor to management and employees on a variety of risk management matters; supervising assigned staff; and assisting the Director in city personnel policy planning, development, and implementation. The incumbent is also frequently involved in highly sensitive, political, and emotional interpersonal relations requiring skill in gaining trust and confidence from others.

Work is performed under managerial direction. The supervisor provides the incumbent with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies, and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and conformance with departmental policy, practice, and/or objective.



Manage the day-to-day functions of the Risk Management Division.

Supervise assigned staff in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning, and evaluating work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; recommending promotion and disciplinary actions; approving/scheduling sick leave and vacation time; and recommending terminations as appropriate.

Develop, implement, administer, and review citywide risk and safety policies and procedures.

Collect, analyze, evaluate, and report risk and accident data as necessary and recommend appropriate countermeasures; review current and proposed facilities, programs, and other activities by the City for accident prevention and risk management implications; observe field operations and evaluate for compliance with accepted healthful work standards; perform internal audits in conjunction with the Risk Management staff to reduce injuries, property damage, and general liability claims; review and analyze loss history runs from Liability and Worker Compensation third party administrators and other insurance coverage loss exhibits; review, coordinate, research, and provide information and material to assist third party claims administrators as needed.

Evaluate costs and benefits of alternate insurance programs, including self-insurance; administer and negotiate insurance renewal contracts for general liability, excess worker's compensation, cyber risk, property, contents, auto physical damage, and fidelity bonds; evaluate retention levels and coverages for self-insurance general liability, unemployment, property, and worker's compensation; develop and coordinate systems and procedures for the review of all contracts to minimize risk exposure; review all reports and recommendations from third party administrators for appropriate changes in procedures, operations, or coverages; and monitor costs, benefits, and risk education or assumption to the City.

Serve as a technical advisor to the Chief Administrative Officer, Department Directors, and City Council on matters of policy and practice relating to property, casualty, liability, and worker's compensation insurance coverage, coordination and payment of claims, accident prevention and safety programs, and impacts of compliance with regulations or insurance issues as necessary.

Develop and administer the citywide safety program involving all departments in safety and accident prevention activities; administer monthly Safety Committee meetings; inspect accident scenes, investigate claims, and make recommendations as necessary; perform safety inspections and meet with other departments in regard to safety; respond to Public Safety or Safety Committee complaints as necessary, including WAC or RCW regulation research; ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA).

Serve as the City's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator; perform related duties such as ADA physical accessibility surveys, etc.

Administer citywide employee training and development program utilizing current training and development philosophies and human resources concepts to meet City training needs and maximize potential human resources.

Maintain thorough knowledge of federal and state occupational health and safety regulations, training and development trends, literature, and professional associations.

Maintain, update, and distribute risk management and safety records, OSHA and WISHA logs, and related information as required.

Consult with the Human Resources Director and Finance Department on short and long-range planning of the division’s budget; staff projections; and goals, policies, procedures, and practices.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


May act as the Human Resources Director in the Director’s absence as assigned.

Attend Human Resources related meetings as required.

Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Principles, practices, techniques, and laws required to develop, implement, administer, and evaluate risk management, asset protection, general liability, workers' compensation, safety and training programs

  • Principles and practices of worker accident prevention and safety program administration including applicable and vocational rehabilitation of injured workers

  • Financial and legal requirements for developing, implementing, and administering self-insurance plans

  • Insurance industry policies and procedures regarding claims and reserves, insuring agreements, underwriting and brokerage methods

  • Injury and damage claim investigation and adjustment techniques for municipalities

  • Planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, evaluating, and modifying a comprehensive and integrated risk management, loss control, property and general liability, and worker's compensation program

  • Managing staff including hiring, training, directing, evaluating, rewarding, and disciplining employees

  • Effectively direct and evaluate the work of others involved in the implementation of programs

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees, supervisors, department heads, and the public

  • Perform numerous projects simultaneously and accomplish tasks with numerous interruptions

  • Develop and implement mission, strategic goals, and objectives for the assigned division

  • Read and interpret complex documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations in order to apply them with sound judgment

  • Compose, edit, and proofread reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals

  • Speak and effectively present complex and technical information to management, employee groups, public groups, and/or City Council in a clear, comprehensive, persuasive, and professional manner


Education: Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration or related field supplemented by course work in Risk Management or successful completion of insurance institute courses in Risk Management; and

Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in managing a comprehensive risk management or insurance underwriting, general liability insurance, workers' compensation or benefit program, including a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory or lead experience.


  • Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment

  • Industrial first aid card and valid CPR card, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment

  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), or Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) is highly desirable


Typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer, telephone, fax and copy machine, calculator, and projector.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste and smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an indoor office environment subject to frequent interruptions by walk-in employees, applicants, citizens, claimants, etc.; may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile; and may be required travel to industrial sites to make safety inspections.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside inclement weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate. The noise level in the field environment may be moderate to loud.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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