About the company


This is not your typical insurance company.

There are three important things to know about SAIF:

Established in 1914, SAIF is an independent, not-for-profit, public corporation. Our corporate headquarters are located in Salem, Oregon. Five regional offices provide safety and health, marketing, premium audit, investigation, and return-to-work services for customers across the state.

A five-member Board of Directors, appointed by the governor, oversees the operation of SAIF and appoints the President and CEO. 

Learn more about the company on saif.com/about.

Check out the video below for more about SAIF.

About the job


We are seeking a respected, agile, strategic CEO who systemically applies inclusive practices in their approach to leadership and customer service.

SAIF's President and CEO is responsible for leading Oregon's premier workers' compensation insurer and one of the Northwest's most successful not-for-profit companies.

In consultation with, and under the direction of, the Board of Directors, the President and CEO has two primary roles: (1) carrying out the strategic mission and direction established by the board; and (2) as the leader of the executive team, managing all aspects of the company's operations.  

In fulfilling these roles, the President and CEO ensures that SAIF makes workers' compensation insurance available to as many businesses as reasonably possible while protecting the Industrial Accident Fund, safeguarding workers' health, and delivering timely benefits to injured workers.

The president and CEO also:

The ideal candidate


The Board of Directors seeks a respected, ethical, intellectually agile and inclusive leader who is strategic, inspiring, and adaptable. Candidates should have strengths in both external relations and high-level internal management, with an ability to balance the two.

Our ideal candidate has expertise in business leadership and how to drive performance. The ability to confidently and effectively work with Oregon's political and judicial leaders in workers' compensation is important.  

The next President and CEO should have experience working with a board of directors and an executive team to set direction and develop and implement policies, and successfully developing, implementing, and evaluating complex business projects and programs. The ideal candidate is creative, has the ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions, and can establish positive relationships with employees, customers, public officials, partners, and interest groups.  

The ideal candidate will need to demonstrate leadership strengths that include big picture thinking, problem solving, decision making, organization, coaching, data analysis, and team building. As the top executive, he or she will need to be exceptional in all aspects of communication, such as listening, storytelling, persuasion, negotiation, relationship management, and public relations.  

The next President and CEO will be a credible and articulate spokesperson, in person and in writing, capable of reinforcing and building positive understanding of and reputation for the work of the organization. 

Desired qualifications

Education: A bachelor's degree in business management, finance, or a related field. An advanced degree or professional designation is preferred.

Experience: Twelve years increasingly responsible business management experience that includes five years executive-level experience as a CEO or as a leader of a large, critical business function in a midsized company or government agency. Deep knowledge of insurance, financial services, or a related field.

Application process


If you are interested in this position, submit a cover letter and a current resume by visiting www.karrasconsulting.net and clicking on "view open positions."

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. The position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered, please submit your application materials by March 28, 2021 to marissa@karrasconsulting.net.  

The total compensation for this position is competitive. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision and life insurance, deferred compensation 457 plan, public employee retirement system contributions, holiday, and leave time.  

SAIF is committed to hiring and retaining high-performing, well-qualified employees with varied perspectives and experiences who represent the demographics of SAIF's diverse customers. In addition, SAIF is committed to fostering a work environment that is fair and equitable to all employees. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application, and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance. 

Check out the video below to learn more about our culture.

About Salem


Oregon is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Oregon offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Portland, one of the nation's top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of rural communities, Oregon's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.

The position is headquartered in Salem, the capital city of Oregon, and home of Willamette University, the oldest university west of the Mississippi. Salem is a sizable community with a small-town feel. Located in the Willamette Valley, it features abundant outdoor recreation, and more than 50 local wineries.  

Bisected by the Willamette River, Salem lies just one hour south of Portland, Oregon's largest city. Portland offers multiple cultural and entertainment opportunities, including major-league sports teams. Pacific Ocean beaches are an hour and a half to the west of Salem; the mountains, ski slopes, and lakes of the Cascade Range are just an hour and a half to the east.  

Learn more about the city in the video below.