AVP, Public Entity Claims

Location Name NJ, Ewing - 200 Princeton S - Suite 280
Date Posted
3 weeks ago(1/1/2021 9:00 AM)
Berkley Public Entity
Primary Location

Company Details



Berkley Public Entity is a provider of casualty insurance and reinsurance solutions for individual counties, municipalities, school districts, and pools. Our culture is one of teamwork and innovation. We aim to be a true partner and resource to the brokers and clients we work with.

Berkley Public Entity is a subsidiary of the W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company recognized as one of the most respected names in the property casualty insurance industry. W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the operating units in the Berkley group participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively.


The Assistant Vice President, Claims is responsible for day-to-day supervision of the BPE Claims team handling General, Automobile, and Professional Liability claims including Law Enforcement and Sexual Abuse involving schools, municipalities, other public entities. In addition, this role will monitor trends within the portfolio and individual accounts and take action as necessary to contribute to the overall success of the company.


  • Manage and lead direct reports with respect to investigating, reserving, expense management, resolving claims, and overall claims handling in accordance with Best Practices.
  • Reinforce processes, goals, and procedures that exemplify professionalism, integrity, and superior claim handling.
  • Align with Senior BPE Leadership securing and conveying BPE's corporate and claims business philosophy. Make recommendations to Senior Leadership for appropriate coverage, reserve, and settlement authority to supervisors and examiners, as commensurate with their respective abilities and re-evaluate as warranted.
  • Reinforce and support all BPE claims employees by modeling and promoting a culture of positivity, innovation and inclusion. Seek feedback from those in the reporting structure and promptly address concerns and/or behaviors, elevating issues to the Senior Leadership as needed.
  • Monitor the work product for each of the direct reports for compliance with requisite standards. This also includes ongoing review of best practice compliance results, together with the implementation of action plans for sustained and/or improved compliance.
  • With regard to severe or complex coverage cases, ensure timely and effective recognition and escalation to Senior Leadership.
  • Develop proficient claims presentation skills for self, direct reports and others for successful participation in the committee process and other presentation opportunities.
  • Ensure that direct reports understand the importance of communicating to insured, brokers and underwriters to provide them with time sensitive information that will assist in their business goals and consistently deliver that information.
  • Leads and participates in audits of TPA’s to ensure adherence to BPE claims guidelines.
  • Identify issues and trends in the portfolio; take appropriate and/or corrective action where necessary; share trends with underwriters and brokers.
  • Travel – attend conferences, audits, mediation and/or trials as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum ten years experience managing General Liability and Auto Liability claims
  • At least five years of supervisory experience
  • Experience managing and creating relationships with TPAs
  • Advanced Presentation and Communication skills
  • Public Entity experience preferred
  • Litigation experience preferred
  • Advanced proficiency with the MS Office Suite
  • Travel required <25%; will include overnight travel


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