Position Description: Workers' Compensation Manager

Service Type: Administrative - Level 4

Definition: Under the general direction and supervision of the risk manager, the workers' compensation manager is responsible for managing a workers' compensation loss control program for the borough, the school district, and the service areas.

Minimum Qualifications: Five years experience with the management of Workers' Compensation claims and self-insured claims administration. Any combination of training and experience equivalent to completion of a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, insurance or a related field. Experience with the State of Alaska's Workers' Compensation claims administration and regulations a plus. Ability to obtain and maintain a current Alaska driver's license and the availability of a personal vehicle also required.

Essential Functions:

1. Administers the workers' compensation self-insurance program for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

2. Assists the Risk Manager with the preparation of the workers' compensation program budget.

3. Communicates claims cost and reserve information to financial auditors as necessary.

4. Advises departments and the school district about the status of claims, loss experience trends and program costs.

5. Provides claims data for the employee injury and incident loss runs and maintains AKOSHA required injury and illness records.

6. Directs and monitors the activities and performance of the workers' compensation third party claims adjusting administrator to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

7. Develops and manages the early Return to Work program.

8. Develops and provides or arranges for training programs relating to workers' compensation laws, benefits, policies and loss control.

9. Consults with the third party claim adjusting administrator and the borough attorney to select legal counsel for litigated workers' compensation cases and evaluates legal counsel performance, utilization and effectiveness.

10. Conducts workers' compensation claims investigations and directs third party claims adjusting administrator workers' compensation claims investigation activities.

11. Determines actual time missed from work due to work related injuries and illnesses and provides accurate information to meet OSHA record-keeping requirements.

12. Develops and maintains close communication with medical providers providing services for injured employees and serves as the liaison between medical providers, injured employees and department supervisors.

13. Communicates benefits and program goals with department managers and injured workers for the purpose of loss control.

14. Reviews and approves all claim settlements proposed by the third party claims adjusting administrator.

15. Develops, implements and monitors workers' compensation claims reporting forms, procedures and activities.

16. Works with the Risk Manager to select and contract for third party claims adjusting administration and other workers' compensation program related services and products.

Other Functions:

1. Other related duties as assigned.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: communicate orally and in writing; use hands and fingers dexterously to operate office equipment; to sit; and occasionally stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms; transport up to 40 pounds; wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment. Position requires visual abilities that include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.