Tulane University seeks applications and nominations for the next Associate Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management.

About the University

Tulane University, founded in 1834, is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, it takes pride in being a part of this select group of universities with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” The schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Tulane educates approximately a total of 13,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Tulane’s uptown campus includes 110 acres and 89 buildings, housing the majority of its schools and colleges. The downtown campus has several divisions: School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Social Work, and Tulane Medical Center. The downtown campus also houses many of Tulane’s non-academic offices such as Advancement, Government Relations, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Information Technology.  The North Shore campus is home to the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, La.

With over 5,000 employees, Tulane is the largest employer in New Orleans. The university is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students as it moves forward toward its goal of universal recognition as one of the world’s preeminent educational and research institutions.

The University’s Mission Statement

Tulane’s purpose is to create, communicate, and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to think, to learn, and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom.

Tulane pursues this mission by cultivating an environment that focuses on learning and the generation of new knowledge; by expecting and rewarding teaching and research of extraordinarily high quality and impact; and by fostering community-building initiatives as well as scientific, cultural, and social understanding that integrate with and strengthen learning and research. This mission is pursued in the context of the unique qualities of its location in New Orleans and its continual aspiration to be a truly distinctive international university

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a major U.S. port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. With a population of approximately 400,000, New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, its music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in America.

New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. New Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles that reflect the city’s historical roots and multicultural heritage. Though New Orleans possesses numerous structures of national architectural significance, it is equally, if not more, revered for its enormous, largely intact (even post-Katrina) historic built environment.

Many styles of housing exist in the city, including the shotgun house (originating from New Orleans) and the bungalow style. Creole townhouses, notable for their large courtyards and intricate iron balconies, line the streets of the French Quarter. Throughout the city, there are many other historic housing styles: Creole cottages, American townhouses, double-gallery houses, and raised center-hall cottages. St. Charles Avenue is famed for its large antebellum homes. Its mansions are in various styles, such as Greek Revival, American Colonial, and the Victorian styles of Queen Anne and Italianate architecture. New Orleans is also noted for its large, European-style Catholic cemeteries, which can be found throughout the city.

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About the Position

The Office of Enterprise Risk Services leads the University in the areas of Environmental Health and Safety, Insurance, Occupational Health Surveillance, Worker’s Compensation and University Administrative Policies.  The Associate Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management (AVP) will be responsible for setting the strategic risk management vision and will execute the strategy on the University’s behalf using exceptional leadership and management skills. 

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, the AVP is responsible for overseeing the administration of the University’s insurance and enterprise risk management program and for managing all aspects of the department on a daily basis. This will include assisting in placing new and renewing existing lines of insurance; to grow and preserve University assets; coordinate claims activity with University stakeholders, risk manager, general counsel and insurance providers. The AVP will also develop a university-wide strategic insurance and enterprise risk management plan, coordinate policies, procedures and training programs in insurance and loss prevention, and other trainings to mitigate exposure.  This will include creating an institutional framework for risk management, prepare reports on safety, recovering damage expenses from insurance providers, and implementing controls for other university compliance related areas with the ultimate goal of efficiently protecting the university’s assets and integrity. The AVP will oversee a staff of professional employees who provide a high level of customer service to the university constituency groups and will be familiar with applicable state and federal environmental regulations that apply in a university setting.

Other responsibilities of the position include:

  • Provide a systematic and disciplined approach to promoting risk compliance and best practices across all levels of the University;
  • Responsible and accountable for overseeing the development, implementation, and fostering of a collaborative, campus-wide approach to ERM at the University;
  • Promote the consistent use of risk management and ownership of risk at all levels of the institution through networking with departments and University employees to further safety and risk management objectives;
  • Lead the institution’s processes for identifying, analyzing, evaluating, responding to and controlling, monitoring, and reporting on key risk management issues;
  • Identify and analyze the university’s risk exposure to build a risk-aware culture, including appropriate education and training;
  • Develop and direct insurance strategy and insurance procurement for the university;
  • Develop consistent measures, policies, and procedures for delivery and communication of insurance and risk management services across the university and medical center. 

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible risk management experience in a complex environment with a demonstrated understanding of healthcare and/or higher education experience.  It is preferred that the successful candidate possess a master’s degree with professional certification in risk management or insurance (e.g. CIC, CISR, AIC, ARM, ARME or CRM).

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated diversified experience conceptualizing and implementing an enterprise risk management plan within a highly complex and decentralized environment;
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with leadership, governance, staff and faculty groups across a wide range of academic and business operations;
  • Strategic thinker with the confidence to take ideas forward and to challenge others, where appropriate;
  • Understanding of higher education and complex research institution regulation relating to risk management;
  • Knowledge of insurance programs, including actuarial concepts, indemnification, underwriting and valuation;
  • Demonstrated experience in complex-decision making,  influencing, facilitating and gaining consensus in a shared governance environment to successfully implement short and long-term objectives;
  • Ability to align resources with strategy, and professionally develop ERM staff to ensure overall enterprise risk management success;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with the ability to produce concise and effective presentations to influence and advise senior leadership across campus.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize; ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, build and maintain a network of contacts and coordinating with a large number of stakeholders across campus to achieve effectiveness
  • Experience working closely with cross-functional teams and various stakeholders to identify and solve complex problems and coordinate assignments

The University invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to January 15, 2021. 

Erin D. Raines, Principal

Parker Executive Search

5 Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875

Atlanta, GA 30328

770-804-1996 ext. 117



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