Associate Director of Insurance Risk Management

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The primary role of this position is to collaborate in the administration and management of the insurance risks, claims, and loss control programs of the university and, in some instances, its affiliated entities. Responsible for providing sound legal advice, counsel and advocacy on matters involving the university’s risk and litigation in collaboration with the Office of General Counsel and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.


Position will report primarily to the Directors of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), but also to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel or her designee for the limited purpose of providing advice, counsel, and service to the university on risk related matters and also on general legal matters when expressly assigned to do so by the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel and under her supervision and review.


Litigation experience is required as is the ability to exercise sound independent judgment, and the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with other members of the ERM and OGC team.  As a designated Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, legal services may be done in collaboration with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and must be performed consistently with the expectations of the Directors of Enterprise Risk Management, Vice President of Legal Affairs, University stakeholders, and the Ohio Attorney General. 

Essential Functions

  • Safeguards the university through the management of property, automobile and general liability claims and lawsuits; assist in the operation of university’s self-insurance programs for medical professional and general liability;
  • Develop and manage claims and incident information systems; Act as a consultant on claims and insurance questions with university constituents; Develop and recommend policies and procedures;
  • Investigates and makes recommendations regarding decisions to settle/defend, adjustment of self-insured claims including medical malpractice, litigation management and coordination of insurance involvement, in a manner that prioritizes the University’s interests, and coordination with the Ohio Attorney General as needed.
  • Assist in both the administration and management of the  property and casualty claims affecting the University, with special concentration on medical malpractice claims, and the loss control activities of the university;
  • Contribute to the development, administration, and management of the overall risk management programs for a major research university with an academic medical center;
  • Identify and manage insurable exposures and with the analysis of risk/insurance problems;
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Work as a team-player in providing advice on a variety of complex legal matters in a fast-paced, high-volume, good-humored environment. 
  • Communicate, cooperate, and interact comfortably with a diverse community and multiple constituencies, including senior administrators, staff, faculty, students, trustees, external professionals and vendors in a manner that demonstrates regard for and commitment to principals of diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Work effectively and efficiently in a high-pressure environment and respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations. 
  • Exercise excellent judgment and attention to detail, act with the highest degree of honesty and integrity, and demonstrate the utmost discretion and confidentiality. 
  • Work independently with minimal supervision and take initiative as and when appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel or designee, and perform other related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.

Required Trainings/Certifications

  • License to practice law and in continuous good standing with the State of Ohio.
  • Qualify for appointment as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

Required Experience

  • Seven (7) or more years of relevant work experience practicing in the range of legal areas listed above.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in risk management, insurance related claims and litigation, and insurance coverage issues (in a hospital, medical center or university context is ideal).
  • Highest degree of ethical character and compliance with all legal and ethical rules applicable to an attorney licensed and practicing in the State of Ohio.
  • Highest level of legal research, analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, take direction, and collaborate on a team while advising diverse stakeholders in a high-volume, but good-humored environment.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Relevant experience providing legal services to a hospital, medical center, or higher education institution.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92358 


Associate Director of Insurance Risk Management

Date:  May 18, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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