Petaluma, CA



ANNUAL SALARY: $124,841 – $151,756* DOE/DOQ

The City of Petaluma seeks a creative, collaborative, and proactive Risk Manager to lead the Risk Management and Safety Division within the Human Resources Department. This individual will oversee two staff members and an approximately $7 million budget, while also contributing enterprise-wide risk management to a dynamic full-service City. The successful candidate will be curious and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills as well as serve as a subject matter expert on the diverse and exciting challenges that influence public sector risk management. Customer service is a must, as the City prides itself on working effectively with residents to assess needs and resolve potential conflicts. This positive and enthusiastic individual will enhance the safety policies within the City and relish the opportunity to build relationships across divisions and departments.

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The Risk Manager will oversee an approximately $7 million budget and two staff members who handle workers’ compensation and liability, while reporting to the Director of Human Resources. They will collaborate with the 71-member police department, a 65-person fire department, and robust parks and recreation programs which include 43 parks and open space areas, to manage the risk portfolio of the City of Petaluma. In addition to leading the Risk Management and Safety Division, they will participate in the development of the annual budget and training in accordance with CAL/OSHA, FDA, and ADA guidelines. They will proactively implement process improvements, oversee workers’ compensation, evaluate/recommend insurance requirements in City contracts and support the City Attorney’s Office in all aspects of litigation, which includes attending and recommending settlements, representing the City in small claims court, and preparing and coordinating staff for court appearances. The City is also a voting member of California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority (CJPRMA).

The ideal candidate will lead major risk management, workers’ compensation, and safety projects and programs which have significant Citywide impact. They will have strong analytical and technical skills, specifically in the areas of general liability, workers’ compensation, and insurance. They will have experience managing government claims in accordance with the California Government Code and excel at making recommendations for settling claims and allocating City resources to reduce risk. They will strive to foster a values-driven culture which motivates employees to collaboratively meet the diverse needs of a dedicated and thriving municipal organization. This hands-on leader will have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to provide guidance to City Council and management. They will be a proactive thinker with the foresight to anticipate upcoming challenges and identify possible solutions.


Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, insurance administration, or a related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in the public sector, and experience in risk management, loss control, general liability, and occupational health and safety.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license


  • Master’s degree, and/or
  • ARM – Associate in Risk Management, and/or
  • CPDM – Certified Professional in Disability Management.


 The annual salary range is $124,841 – $151, 756 DOE/DOQ, plus an attractive benefit package


For first consideration, apply ASAP by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at

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  • Interviews will take place on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified.

Please contact HR Analyst II, Allison Gibson, with any questions:

  • (707) 776-3771

*Anticipated to receive a 4% COLA increase, pending Council approval in September 2023.

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