Safety Manager

Position DescriptionThe Office of Health and Safety, is seeking a Safety Manager to provide strategic safety support to the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU). The Safety Manager will be a proactive, result driven professional, that exhibits leadership and a strategic mindset to join our management team. This position reports to the Health and Safety Director and will be devoted to developing long range strategic plans that include safety culture, policies, programs, procedures and training. The position is expected to build and maintain relationships with key leaders of external government agencies, non-government agencies and stakeholders. Responsibilities:

  1. Develop, implement and assist City departments with compliance and execution of safety policies, procedures and training that support and build a strong safety culture and aligns with the City's strategic safety plan, and is in compliance with local state and federal rules and regulations including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

  2. Demonstrate excellent attention to detail to identify hazards, discover opportunities for improving conditions and execute various safety programs.

  3. Working collaboratively with the safety professionals in the divisions and to develop and implement a Strategic Safety Plan throughout the City.

  4. Oversee all incident investigations to provide analysis on risk metrics and recommend to executive leadership mitigation strategies. Work in partnership with department leadership on the risk mitigation strategies to effectively address areas of performance concern.

  5. Participate in and serve as point of contact for City departments as appropriate for Federal, State, and local regulatory investigations and inspections as needed.

  6. Manage a group of Safety Officers who will be based in field operations, responsible for working with departments to develop and implement safety initiatives.

  7. Provide technical advice, guidance, mentoring and training to City employees on safety regulations, issues and initiatives and necessary changes.

  8. Develop safety culture that encourages employee involvement in a multicultural workforce.

  9. Works in partnership with all of the Safety Professionals in the City departments to standardize safety processes and training throughout the City and advises the safety director on safety compliance concerns and preventative actions.

Work Environment: Work is mostly performed in a field environment with travel to various departments and utility sites across the region. Occasionally requires work in semi-hazardous area, exposure to outdoor elements. The position may handle, or be exposed to, moderate risk hazardous materials. Benefits: The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits including:

  • Great retirement plan

  • Paid holidays

  • Personal time off

  • Outstanding working conditions and a supportive work environment

  • Medical, dental and life insurance coverage for eligible employees

  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.QualificationsQualifications: An equivalent combination to: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialized course work in environmental safety and health, education, communications or business and two years’ experience in administering environmental safety and health programs. Years of experience may be substitute for a degree. Desired Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialized course work in occupational or environmental safety and health, safety administration, environmental health, or closely related field, with at least five (5) years management experience and five years of experience directly related to the competencies and attributes noted below to include but not limited to experience in administration of federal or state mandated safety programs. An additional four years of experience may be substitute for a Bachelor's degree. In addition to the desired qualifications, the ideal candidate will demonstrate proven ability and experience in the following competencies which are critical to the success of this position. Industry Expertise: The Safety Manager will be responsible for promoting a culture of safety to all City employees and to formulate short and long term strategic plans for reducing the frequency and severity of work related injuries, fleet safety, and employee safety. The Safety Manager must possess an in-depth understanding of local, state, and federal regulations as it relates to safety and be experienced in designing and conducting safety training programs. Experience:

  1. Developing environmental safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.

  2. Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of incidents and occupational illnesses.

  3. Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

  4. Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify new potential hazards.

  5. Training of employees, supervisors, managers, or other safety personnel in environmental safety or occupational health subjects.

Leadership Skills: Demonstrated experience -

  1. Leading as a change agent to embrace and implement new processes.

  2. Developing and communication clear team goals, roles, and provide the level of guidance and management appropriate to the circumstances.

  3. Working collaboratively and establishing rapport with internal and external stakeholders.

  4. Developing innovative and effective solutions for complex issues.

  5. Accepting challenges, exercising good judgment and taking appropriate risks.

Business Acumen: Demonstrated experience -

  1. Leading as a successful business administrator in an ethical and customer focused manner.

  2. Making sound business decisions based on limited and complex information and ethical principles.

  3. Identifying opportunities for continued improvements; using innovating and integrating new approaches in solving problems.

  4. Addressing and effectively solving organizational concerns/issues.

  5. Demonstrating strong analytical skills including the knowledge of basic statistical and risk metric principles.

  6. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  7. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

Communication/Diplomacy/Teamwork/Customer Focus: Demonstrated experience -

  1. Collaborating with presenting and discussing information with various audiences including department heads, other safety professionals, stakeholders, and other internal customers.

  2. Providing persuasive, confidence-inducing and well organized oral presentations.

  3. Writing succinct, informative and clear communications.

  4. Understanding and meeting the needs of customers from varied departments and translating the voice of the customer into business improvements.

  5. Providing a high level of customer orientation and effective interpersonal skills with extensive interactions and collaboration with department heads, staff, and other internal customers.

  6. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements: A valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter. Knowledge & SkillsAdditional Preferred Competencies:

  1. Professional Certification such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Health & Safety Manager (CSHM), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or other safety related certification from a nationally recognized organization.

  2. Experience with utilities (Water, Power, Rail) safety management systems.

  3. Master's degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related discipline.

  4. Professional certification such as an instructor in Defensive Driving and Hazard Communications Program.

  5. Strong planning, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

  6. Collaborative and positive in directing people.

  7. Broad experience in administering a comprehensive safety and loss control program for a large entity.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information Interested individuals should apply online; attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your responsibilities as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. NOTE: Applications received without attaching the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in the interview process. Appointment is subject to passing a background check. Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders. The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 5:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

The Safety Manager job announcement closes April 19, at 5:00pm. To view the full job posting go to:

AgencyCity of Tacoma AddressHuman Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

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