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Risk Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Job Summary

Under the leadership of the Director of Risk Management and Administrative Services, the Risk Specialist serves SBS and Risk Management by independently performing varied and specialized technical, administrative, and analytical duties and serves as a program administrator. Work output is reviewed against goals and involves independently managing, planning, performing research, and participating in the development, alteration, implementation, and evaluation of the Risk Management major responsibility areas, including but not limited to: Enterprise Risk Management, Youth Protection Program, Driver Safety Program, the Campus Administrative Policies (CAP) Program, the Records Retention Program, CSU and campus specific insurance programs, Student Assistants, and other duties as assigned.

Department Summary

Strategic Business Services (SBS) is responsible for managing approximately $200 million in annual University purchasing and contracting. Risk Management, under the umbrella of the Strategic Business Services department, is charged with protecting and conserving the human, property, and financial resources of the University. Along with all the subunits of the Administration and Finance Division, it is Risk Management’s purpose to support and advance the University’s academic mission with a high level of integrity and financial responsibility by assisting in the coordination of the research, development, evaluation, implementation, training, and support of the enterprise risk management program to manage campus exposures to hazard, operating, strategic, reputational, compliance, and financial risk.

Key Qualifications

1. Ability to anticipate problems and address them proactively. Demonstrated experience in problem-solving and accomplishment of programmatic goals and objectives.
2. Ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment.
3. Expertise in investigating and analyzing problems, determining possible solutions, and recommending viable solutions for a given situation.
4. Demonstrated client service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
5. Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy while setting own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. Minimum three years of technical experience. A graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range:  $63,000 - $75,000 Per Year

Classification Range: $52,548 - $95,064 Per Year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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