Compliance and Risk Management Specialist (Administrative Program Support 4)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Administrative Services


Under the general direction of the Director of Procurement Contracting & Compliance or as instructed by the Associate Vice President (AVP) for University Business Services (UBS) and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), this position will provide support to UBS and the University focused on overall compliance for procurement efforts for all University campuses, including the main campus in Storrs, and Regional campuses.  This position may also assist with efforts at UConn Health (UCH) in Farmington and will require experience with, and an intricate understanding of the University (UConn), its procurement policies and procedures, and the applicable State of Connecticut and federal laws and regulations.

Additionally, this position will serve as the Risk Management Liaison, liaising with the State Insurance Risk Management Board, managing claims, and supporting UConn’s compliance with the requirements of the State Insurance Risk Management Board and UConn’s insurers. 

The Compliance and Risk Management Specialist will work on sensitive matters, and will be expected to maintain a high level of confidentiality. The Compliance and Risk Management Specialist is expected to work with independence but within the goals and objectives established by the Director of Procurement Contracting and Compliance, and/or the AVP for UBS and CPO, while maintaining total confidentiality on information being prepared in support of requisite tasks.


Include but are not limited to: 


  1. Conducts reviews of procurement functions and processes for compliance with laws, policies, and procedures.  Responds to bid protests and vendor inquiries related to procurement compliance. 
  2. Researches, gathers and evaluates complex information, and compiles/prepares reports required for UConn’s Board of Trustee committee meetings. 
  3. Serves as liaison between UBS and its auditors (University, State of Connecticut, and external), the Office of the General Counsel, the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General, the University’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer(s), Office of Audit & Management Services, Office of University Compliance to locate and compile documents responsive to audits, discovery/litigation, FOIA, and other similar requests relating to all University campuses, including UCH. 
  4. Reviews prospective UConn vendors and assigned activities to ensure compliance with the Connecticut Code of Ethics and other relevant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Serves as liaison between UBS and the University’s Ethics officers and departments of Labor Relations and/or Human Resources regarding questions of compliance.
  5. Assists in the planning, development, implementation and oversight of compliance-related activities and policies and procedures required to achieve objectives supporting the University’s overall compliance programs/requirements.
  6. Tracks and manages annual vendor compliance checks.
  7. Serves as a resource for staff, faculty, and University departments regarding compliance requirements and guidelines.
  8. Plans, develops and implements methods and techniques for informing/educating others regarding compliance protocol; may develop presentations designed to communicate compliance and/or project-related information to the public and others.
  9. May plan/coordinate and/or lead annual departmental workshops designed to instruct, inform and/or train other staff members in various areas of compliance.

Risk Management:

  1. Interfaces with the State Insurance Risk Management Board and its representatives regarding the adequacy of vendor insurance coverage and claims by and against UConn.
  2. Reviews and analyzes insurance policies to determine coverage for University business needs.   
  3. Acts as liaison with insurance adjusters, legal counsel, and other organizations/groups as required to resolve claims on behalf of the University.
  4. Manages and coordinates all insurance matters, including those arising out of liability claims, property damage claims, etc., to achieve quality results.
  5. In consultation with suerpvisor, negotiates, as necessary, to minimize the University’s exposure.
  6. Reviews and evaluates certain vendor coverages annually, obtaining certificates of insurance as required.
  7. Communicates with supervsior and other administrators, as appropriate, any existing risks and provides a plan to assist in mitigating such risks.
  8. Composes a variety of materials to document activities, provide written references, and convey information to the University administration.


  1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Insurance and Risk Management, or discipline appropriate to the field of specialization and four to five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Proven ability to independently evaluate and analyze data, apply a range of concepts, techniques and practices to produce reports and carry out technical program objectives.
  3. Experience reviewing insurance contracts and advocating on behalf of policy-holders.
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  5. Knowledge of principles and practices of risk management activities such as risk identification/reduction, loss control, asset protection and employee interests.
  6. Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
  7. Advanced computer skills.


  1. Advanced degree, i.e., Masters in Business Law & Compliance (MJ) or Juris Doctorate.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of public procurement processes and requirements.
  3. Experience with KFS or similar electronic financial records system.
  4. Knowledge of and/or experience with Jaggaer (SciQuest) or similar eProcurement system.
  5. Knowledge of Legal Files or similar contract database system.
  6. Experience and understanding of the general requirements associated with the competitive bidding processes, vendor certifications and required State documentation, and other procurement policies and procedures.
  7. Three to five years’ experience with UConn’s enterprise-wide asset coverage program.
  8. Experience with State of Connecticut and federal rules and regulations applicable to the procurement process.
  9. Member of National Society of Compliance Professionals and/or other professional organization.
  10. Certificate of Risk Management (CRM).


This is a full-time position at the Storrs campus. The salary will be determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and training. Department may be able to accommodate a remote or hybrid telecommuting work schedule subject to authorization and University policy.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496504 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references including one from your current place of employment. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the successful candidate(s). Screening will begin immediately. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 30, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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