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Senior Risk Management Analyst – Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Opening Date:

September 12, 2022

Closing Date:

September 26, 2022


$74,148.00 - $104,292.00 Annually

Job Description

Join our Human Resources Team!

The City of Laguna Beach is seeking enthusiastic, innovative and results oriented individual who will hit the ground running as a Senior Risk Management Analyst. This Senior Analyst will lead efforts in a variety of areas within Human Resources, including Risk Management, Worker’s Comp, Leave Management and Employee Relations.  This position may oversee other HR Team Members, developing division wide policies and procedures and implementing new systems, policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an outgoing self-starter who can take initiative, build consensus, and form positive working relationships with employees, executive management team members, employee associations and vendors. The ability to work independently, multi-task, problem solve and identify creative solutions, in a fast-paced environment will be critical to success.  This position reports to the Human Resources/Risk Manager.

The current vacancy is for Risk Management, Employee Relations, and Disability and Leave Management.  However, the eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies within the Human Resources Division.

Your Role: This position will primarily focus on performing the following: 

  • Plans, evaluates, and coordinates a comprehensive, city-wide risk management program.
  • Identifies, monitors, and analyzes insured and uninsured risks and makes recommendations on appropriate types and levels of insurance.
  • Participates in implementing a variety of human resources and employee relations programs and activities, including labor relations and collective bargaining agreements, employee performance management and progressive discipline. 
  • Assists the managers and employees on the interpretation and application of City policies and procedures related to employment laws and regulations; provides information and guidance on a variety of employment law changes.
  • Manages the disability and leave of absence administration to ensure compliance with federal and state laws including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL).
  • Consults with management and legal counsel to determine proper actions regarding claims, employee relations, discipline, and absence management. 
  • Assists with development of risk management, mitigation, employee relations and leave management policies, procedures and training programs for City employees, and conducts such training.
  • Stays current on issues relating to Human Resources employment and risk management laws and practices through continuous learning opportunities and participation in professional HR organizations.

Schedule: This is a regular full-time position, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (with alternating Fridays off). A hybrid telecommuting schedule is available for this position. The schedule and hours are subject to change with reasonable advanced notice.

Application Process:  Applications will be accepted until the filing deadline of Monday, September 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. P.S.T. Applications will be screened carefully and selected applicants will be invited to undergo a Structured Panel Interview to evaluate their knowledge, skills and abilities. The appointing hiring authority will further review the job-related qualifications of applicants deemed eligible before making selection decisions. The selection process may be modified based on the needs of the City.

Pre-employment Process: A candidate selected for this position must successfully complete a thorough reference check and employment verification, Live Scan with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-employment medical exam including drug testing.

Examples of Duties

Please see the Job Description for Senior Risk Management Analyst for a complete description of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field. A Master’s Degree is desirable.  

Experience: Four years of experience in a responsible journey-level technical or administrative capacity, which include responsibility for compiling and analyzing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations related to business processes and functions. Prior human resources experience in risk management, employee relations, or disability and leave management is highly desirable.

License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver’s license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Professional designation by The Institutes (previously known as the Insurance Institute of America) as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) is desirable.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:  Principles and practices of the technical subject matter of the area assigned (e.g., human resources, benefits, recruitment and selection, public administration, municipal functions, law enforcement, criminal justice, and/or crime analysis); methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation; use and application of relevant laws and regulations governing the work assigned (e.g., Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Fair Labor Standards Act, Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines, etc.); the scope and functions of municipal government; supervisory techniques; English grammar, vocabulary and composition; computer software and applications for word processing, spreadsheets (e.g., MS Office Suite), statistical analysis, department specific data retrieval systems (e.g., Human Resources Information Systems, Applicant Tracking Systems, Geographic Information Systems, etc.), web page browsing and incidental file management.

Ability to:  Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies; supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; gather, analyze, evaluate, and draw meaning from qualitative and quantitative data, make recommendations, and prepare concise and informative reports; and/or presentations; exercise independent judgement to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution; operate computers and other standard office peripheral equipment; maintain composure and good judgment while under stress; establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with legislative and administrative officials, other employees and the public.                                                                                                                       

Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions:  The duties and responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment and involve sitting, standing, and walking for prolonged or intermittent periods of time, and include reaching, bending, and twisting at the waist to perform desk work and operate general office equipment including a personal computer with keyboard for prolonged or intermittent periods of time.   The operation of a personal computer requires finger and wrist dexterity and the ability to withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from the computer. Employee must be able to safely lift and carry books, files and reports weighing up to 25 pounds.  Must be able to lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers. The employee must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.  Must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with others encountered during the course of duty.

FLSA Designation:   Exempt    

Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscape in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 24,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department & Division:  The Administrative Services Division is organized into four divisions: Human Resources, Finance, IT and Communications. This position would be under the Human Resources Division. The Human Resources Division provides internal support to all operating departments and external support to all prospective candidates. Responsibilities of the division include maintenance of personnel records for the City’s employees. The division is also responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, and onboarding of all new employees. The division also manages employee training and development programs; administers the City’s compensation, classification and employee benefits programs; oversees equal employment opportunity programs; ensures compliance with State and Federal employment mandates; manages employee leaves, provides guidance to staff, and coordinates employee safety and workers’ compensation programs. The division also administers the City’s Risk Management program, which acquires and maintains insurance for the City, assists with contract reviews, and maintains tort claims presented against the City.  



The City offers membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). The retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS.

Safety: 2.7% at 57 for PEPRA CalPERS Safety members; 3% at 55 for Classic CalPERS Safety members.

Non-Safety: 2% at 62 for PEPRA CalPERS members, or 2.5% at 55 for Classic CalPERS members.

Health Coverage: The City covers the medical and dental insurance premium costs for employee-only and provides a contribution towards dependent premium costs. A medical insurance waiver program is available for employees covered by medical insurance other than the City’s medical insurance.

Vacation: Vacation leave accrues at a rate of ninety-six (96) hours per year.  This increases to one hundred thirty-six (136) hours per year after five years of service, and to one hundred seventy-six (176) hours per year after nine years of service. A cash-out option exists for accrued vacation time.

Holiday: The City provides eighty hours (80) for ten (10) paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave: Sick leave accrues at a rate of eighty (80) hours per year. Unused sick leave is available for cash-in at fifty percent (50%) value into your Retirement Health Savings (RHS) account.

Retirement Health Savings Plan: The City, on your behalf, deposits a monthly pre-tax contribution of one hundred dollars ($100) into your RHS account. 

Life Insurance: The City provides a life insurance benefit in the amount of $50,000, including coverage for Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-term Disability.

Pay Plan: The basic pay ranges are composed of eight (8) steps, with each step varying by approximately five percent (5%).

Acting Pay: Employees will receive an additional five percent (5%) of their current base salary for working out of classification for fifteen (15) or more consecutive workdays.

Alternate Work Schedule: City Hall is currently operating on a 9/80 work schedule. Other work schedules may be available including, but not limited to, a 4/10, 9/80, 5/8 or other work schedule as may suit the operational needs of the City. Alternate work schedules are subject to City Manager approval.

Other Benefits: The City offers a Flexible Spending Account, Educational Reimbursement Program, Employee Assistance Program, Exceptional Performance Pay Program, and Bilingual Pay Program.


What is the highest level of education you have achieved?

  • Less than a High School Diploma
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate Degree

How many years of work experience do you possess in a responsible journey-level technical or administrative role, which includes responsibility for compiling and analyzing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations related to business processes and functions? You must ensure this experience (if any) is thoroughly described in your application.

  • Less than 3 years
  • 3 years but less than 4 years
  • 4 years but less than 5 years
  • 5 years but less than 6 years
  • 6 years but less than 7 years
  • 7 years or more

How many years of professional and analytical experience do you possess in risk management, employee relations and/or disability and leave management? You must ensure this experience (if any) is thoroughly described in your application.

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year but less than 2 years
  • 2 years but less than 3 years
  • 3 years but less than 4
  • 4 years but less than 5
  • 5 years but less than 6
  • 6 years or more

How many years of municipal government experience do you possess? You must ensure this experience (if any) is thoroughly described in your application.

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year but less than 2
  • 2 years but less than 3
  • 3 years but less than 4 years
  • 4 years but less than 5 years
  • 5 years but less than 6
  • 6 years or more

With which of the following Human Resources functions do you possess at least one year of direct HR experience? Check all that apply.

  • Risk Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Disability and Leave Management
  • Benefits Administration
  • Labor Relations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Classification and Compensation
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Human Resources Information Systems/Analytics

Do you have a professional designation/certification by The Institutes (previously known as the Insurance Institute of America) as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) or Associate Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P), or related?

  • Yes
  • No


City of Laguna Beach


505 Forest Avenue

Laguna Beach, California, 92651


(949) 497-0725

(949) 497-0725



CA 92651, CA

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