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Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency – Controller

CIRSA is a member-owned public entity self-insurance pool formed in 1982. It provides workers’ compensation and property/casualty coverages and services to 290 Colorado municipalities and affiliated public entities which make up its membership. The seven-member Board of Directors is elected by the CIRSA membership and adopts policies and sets rates. The Board employs an Executive Director who oversees CIRSA’s operations. CIRSA’s status as a public entity pool means that its relationship to its members is distinct from that of a brokerage or agency with its customers. CIRSA is owned and controlled by its membership and exists solely to serve its members. CIRSA’s mission is to collaborate proactively with its members to identify and manage risk. The 47 employees serve CIRSA members from the main office in Denver, CO, and home offices. Most member services are provided by staff members in the following departments: Executive, Claims, Finance, General Counsel, Information Technology, Loss Control, Marketing/ Membership Services, and Underwriting. Visit the CIRSA website: for more information.


The ideal candidate for the position will be a professional and ethical Controller who is a dedicated team player and has a proven financial services record of success in leadership and management of finance functions within an insurance/public/governmental agency/organization. The successful candidate should be able to immediately provide quality deliverables to ongoing projects including new software implementation, writing procedures for the department and cross-training employees in a variety of functional areas. The ideal candidate will have an insurance background and be able to work with CIRSA’s Actuaries on insurance rates, deductibles, and renewal of members. The initiative and ability to identify and implement new and innovative approaches within a department is an important qualification expected of the new Controller. Specific experience is expected in financial statement review, accounting, budget development and the ability to offer responsive support services to a team-oriented organization. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have well-developed problem-solving abilities, have the ability to communicate with stakeholders about the financial/insurance processes, and hold staff accountable with a focus on staff and leadership development and succession planning within the CIRSA Finance Department.

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Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting or any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation preferred. Five years or more of progressively responsible accounting experience, including three years of supervisory experience.

Compensation & Benefits:

Expected hiring range: $150,000 – $170,000 depending on experience, education, and other qualifications. CIRSA has designed a valuable, comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of its employees and their families. Current benefits include: Flexible work arrangements including work from home with supervisor approval; 401(a) match of 10 percent; 28.5 days of PTO & 13 paid holidays per year; Medical, dental, and vision Insurance – high deductible health plans for individuals and families/domestic partnerships; Fully funded Health Savings Account; Voluntary 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plan; Cafeteria Plan for dental, vision, and dependent care; Short- and Long-Term Disability; Life Insurance and AD&D; Tuition Reimbursement; Wellness Program including an onsite fitness center and personal trainer; Employee Assistance Program; and Bereavement Leave

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers) no later than close of business on June 28, 2024 to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate at Please contact Mercer Group Associates: Lisa Ward at 706-983-9326 or Jeff Hale at 706-371-6126 with any questions.

CIRSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity across the work force, in order to serve our membership and the citizens of our cities and towns effectively.


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