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Risk Management Specialist (FT)

Habersham County

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Position: Risk Management Specialist (FT)                                      Department: Human Resources

Annual Starting Salary: DOQ                                                          FLSA Status: Exempt

Posting Date: March 28, 2023                                                           Closing Date: April 18, 2023

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for overseeing the following major work functions within the Human Resources Department: coordination and supervision of the risk management programs to include, but not limited to, Workers Compensation; Safety; Vehicle, Property and General Liability Programs; Training; and Wellness under the direct supervision of the Human Resources Director.  Under the direct supervision of the Director, this position is responsible for coordinating budget preparation and monitoring budget expenditures for Risk Management; special projects as directed. 

Major Duties:

  • Assists departmental safety representatives, employees and management in understanding safety regulations, standards, and proper reporting.
  • Periodically performs safety and loss prevention audits and inspections; evaluates County facilities to detect existing or potential accident and health hazards to lessen County liability in lawsuits and injures to employees and citizens.
  • Recommends safety policies, procedures, and practices; assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures.  Provides assistance in eliminating or minimizing losses with all operating departments.
  • Develops, implements, and supervises a safety and loss prevention program for all County departments, and supervises the County Worker’s Compensation Program.
  • Prepares report of findings with recommendation of corrective action or preventive measures.  Follows up with department to make sure measures have been implemented.
  • Develops, implements, and provides guidance on workers compensation, vehicle, property, and general accident/incident claims processing.  Also administers claim review/processing to recover expenses paid as a result of damage to County property.
  • Provides information to warn of potential safety hazards and to prevent access to potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Oversees the claim administration of Workers Compensation and also administers Vehicle, Property and General Liability Programs.
  • Works with departments and the insurance carrier in reducing lost time on workers compensation and general liability claims.
  • Overviews County accident statistics and makes recommendations for correction of problem areas.
  • Works with insurance company, attorney, adjusters, etc., in the defense and equitable settlement of claims.  Attends depositions, mediations, hearings, and trials on behalf of the County.
  • Oversees Loss Prevention Program and develops safety incentives, ideas, and devices to keep employees safe.
  • Completes the annual workers compensation audit.
  • Compiles and maintains safety files and training records.
  • Assists the Director in the process of obtaining competitive insurance quotes for all risk insurances to include ordering loss reports, preparing, and placing advertisements, responding to potential contractor inquiries, preparing and distributing proposal specifications, reviewing proposals, completion of applications for new policies and cancelling old policies.
  • Administer and coordinates the County’s Alcohol and Drug Testing programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preference of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Risk Management, Insurance or a related field. 
  • Extensive professional experience in human resources/risk management; preferably in occupational safety or workers compensation, insurance and liability claims, and administration sufficient to thoroughly understand the principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with two-three plus year’s professional experience.  Government experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be detailed oriented and a multi-tasker.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Associates in Risk Management (ARM). 
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Safety Coordinator Certification(s) offered by LGRMS within one (1) year of employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • all aspects of public personnel and risk management administration.
  • federal, state, local laws, rules, regulations, policies and guidelines;
  • research and report preparation, statistical techniques, and procedures;
  • principles and techniques of loss prevention and safety/training programs, workers compensation, and insurance coverages to include self-funding and programs to develop and carry out comprehensive projects.

Skills in:

  • interpersonal relations organization and management;
  • analytical computations and computer operations; and
  • developing and implementing safety training/incentive programs.

Ability to:

  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with County management, other departments, subordinates, elected officials and the general public;
  • interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines;
  • maintain objectivity in all personnel administrative matters;
  • establish goals and objectives relative to the position responsibilities;
  • prepare concise and comprehensive reports and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and in a confidential manner; and
  • Conduct research, analyze data collected and make recommendations on corrective actions.

The successful candidate must complete a Background/Reference Check and Pre-Employment Drug Screening prior to the start of employment.

To Apply: All applicants must complete a Habersham County employment application. Applications can be found online at  Applications and a detailed job description can be picked up at the Habersham County Human Resources Department, Administration Building located at 130 Jacob’s Way, Clarkesville, GA 30523 in room 303. For more information please call (706) 839-0214.

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