Arcadia University

Job Description: The Risk Officer is responsible for University risk management including risk identification, evaluating exposures, and implementing loss mitigation measures. This role collaborates with various departments, including Finance, General Counsel, Provost, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Student Affairs. The Risk Officer supports senior leadership in establishing and overseeing University-wide processes to integrate risk concepts into strategic and operational planning and for risk identification and mitigation activities. The Risk Officer provides advice, counsel, and periodic written reports and dashboards to the President and his Cabinet on matters within their areas of responsibility and supports the Institutional Integrity Committee of the Board of Trustees in their oversight of the risks that could impede the reputation, safety, security, or success of Arcadia University. This position will report to the Vice President of Administration and Finance/CFO and General Counsel.


The successful candidate will:

  • A strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements and best practices in compliance processes and protocols and the ability to design processes to eliminate or mitigate potential risks
  • Able to collaborate with all University stakeholders and external consultants in risk assessment, mitigation, and monitoring activities
  • Proactive in alerting senior leadership to changing conditions, threats, and opportunities
  • Reliant on data and skilled in presenting information in compelling ways.
  • Hardworking and hands-on, able to manage multiple priorities and see projects through from start to finish within the specified timeframe and budget. This position requires an on-site work presence, with occasional remote work flexibility
  • Take ownership in ensuring the safety and success of the University and students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrate an ability to think analytically and creatively and to guide others in decision-making related to risk assessment and risk mitigation measures
  • Possess the ability to see how various processes, policies, and procedures interact on a University-wide level as well as engage with projects at a department/division level
  • Valuate existing policies and procedures to determine insufficiencies and ensure best practices
  • Assess employees' risk awareness and facilitate training when necessary
  • Knowledgeable of insurance programs, including investigation, record keeping, actuarial concepts, indemnification, underwriting, and valuation
  • Model ethical behavior by consistently conforming to the highest ethical standards and practices in accordance with Arcadia University's Lived Values
  • Maintain confidentiality and trustworthy work relationships with staff, faculty, management, and the University Board of Trustees

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Create an integrated risk framework and assess risk throughout the University
  • Quantify risk limits and tolerances with senior leadership and the Board
  • Establish and co-lead a Risk and Compliance Committee, developing plans to prioritize and manage risks
  • Monitor the progress of risk mitigation activities and disseminate risk measurements and reports
  • Communicate regularly and effectively to the President, his Cabinet, the Board, and key stakeholders
  • Assist with insurance matters, optimizing coverage and managing insurance claims
  • Serve on the Crisis Management Team
  • Create, monitor, and administer various University policies concerning risk management such as safety, alcohol and drug policies, IT safeguards, and others
  • Assume additional duties as the need arises such as coordinating the resolution of claims against the University in cooperation with the General Counsel and assisting in obtaining favorable outcomes in all claim related matters.


A combination of the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree in risk management, legal studies, health and safety, management, business studies, engineering, or other related fields
  • Five years of progressively responsible risk management experience in a complex environment with higher education and international experience preferred
  • Enterprise Risk Management certifications from Professional Risk Managers (PRM), Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA), Certified Risk Managers (CRM), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or other professional organizations
  • Familiarity with corporate and shared governance
  • Candidates who possess similar minimum objective qualifications are encouraged to apply and should describe in a detailed cover letter, the work experience and education regarded as establishing equivalency.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to the hiring manager. Due to the volume of applications received, communication will generally be limited to candidates selected for additional consideration.
  • Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that provides a values-based educational experience by placing students at the center. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 13 years, and the Princeton Review has ranked Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" for eight consecutive years. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which cites Arcadia for being among the top study abroad programs and among the "most innovative," and "best value" colleges. Arcadia promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Through its community of practice and commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and to combating anti-Black Racism, Arcadia has made facilitating a safe and welcoming environment a priority. Learn more about our vibrant community at

Our belief and experience is that there is strength in diversity and we are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and employees alike. We are a community built on varied experiences and perspectives that beneļ¬ts from open-minded discussion and cultural humility. Guided by our University's values, we are committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are working towards dismantling anti-Black racism/white supremacy and other forms of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and oppression.

We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. The successful candidate will demonstrate examples of ways they will incorporate our values in their work.

At Arcadia University, our JEDI principles (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) are the foundation of our highly regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.

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