Job Title:Safety Manager
Company:Chelan Public Utility District
Location: Wenatchee, WA

Job Description:


The Safety Manager is responsible for managing the safety team and recommending and leading implementation of key programs to promote a culture of safety and operational excellence, to ensure compliance with safety regulations, and to preserve worker health and safety for a generation, transmission and distribution utility with multiple plants and work locations.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.  Secondary functions are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.  In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

% of Time   Job Functions

1.   30%                Program Management:  Plans, manages, and executes the District’s safety coordination and compliance programs and related activities, utilizing best practices from human performance improvement. Develops safety policies and standards based on needs assessment and input from stakeholders and monitors effectiveness.  Provides strategic and tactical leadership on the implementation, and enhancement of the System Safety Management System. Oversees activities such as pre-task plan leadership, safety meetings, safety observations and encouraging executive site safety visits.  Facilitates integration and implementation of short and long-range business planning and budgets by working with stakeholders to achieve intended safety results and compliance with regulatory requirements. Develops metrics and monitors performance in alignment with District and business unit strategies. Leads, manages, and audits District-wide programs to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.  Works with various business unit leaders to identify, develop and implement CCPUD wide change management initiatives to enhance CCPUD’s safety culture.  Monitors departmental spending. Negotiates and manages contracts with vendors and other service providers.

2.          30%                Team Management:  Leads a team of Safety professionals and ensures alignment of career development and performance management expectations to achieve intended program results and compliance program goals.  Continues to improve a measurable safety culture, while building and fostering positive team and customer relationships.  Establishes workgroup priorities and goals.   Participates in field activities with the Safety Coordinators and Safety customers.

3.  20%                Safety Investigations:  Provides a high level of expertise leading and overseeing the investigation of safety and production-related incidents and injuries, which may involve coordinating both inside and outside stakeholders.  Determines corrective actions and ensure follow through to completion.

4.   20%                Communications & Training:  Develops a unified and coordinated approach to messaging HPI principles and safety management system practices in the field. Supports operational leadership with implementation of safety and health processes and plans.  Develops risk communication,  education and training programs, and other initiatives that have a positive impact on safety and health programs, strategies, and culture.  Participates in creating the District’s safety communication strategy internally and externally, including District benchmarking and networking with other utility leaders and executives. Participate in industry conferences and continual learning.

5.   Ongoing       Provide content to and/or maintain confidential employee records and information. All Human Resource and Safety department employees are required to restrict access to confidential employee records and information from any unauthorized person, except on a need-to-know basis.

6. Ongoing       Ensure compliance with applicable safety laws, regulations, policies, and programs and stay abreast of external Safety and Health legislation.

7. Ongoing       Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

8.  Ongoing       Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.  Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

Directly supervises five (5) non-supervisory employee(s). Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education: Bachelor’s degree (B. S., B. A.) from a college or university in Safety and Health, or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience: Typically requires seven (7) years’ progressive experience implementing effective Safety & Health programs in a field, operational, or construction environment, including the supervision and development of staff.  Professional Certification in Safety and Health preferred. Individuals with prior experience developing, modeling, coaching and leading Human Performance Improvement initiatives or programs are preferred. Experience in the public power industry and a unionized environment desired.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:


In depth knowledge of applicable Washington Administration Codes (WAC)  and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
Broad knowledge of District operations and the nature of work at the District
Knowledge of Human Performance Improvement (HPI) principles and practices
Experience and knowledge of developing operational cultures without direct authority over those being asked to change their practices
Skills & Abilities:

Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Strong coaching, and training skills
Strong teamwork and team building skills
Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Strong conflict resolution skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to communicate with all levels of the District, including communication with the Board of Commissioners in a public setting.
Ability to effectively manage a team, establish clear priorities, and motivate others.
Ability to translate District policies and strategies into effective operational field practices.
Ability to plan, organize and manage a variety of projects and activities through other project leaders.
Ability to integrate safety into existing systems and business processes to drive the concept of managing risks throughout all aspects of the business.
Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment: To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Maximo; and General Office Equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; perform repetitive hand or arm motion and talk, hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or twist torso; pull, push, or exert force and taste, smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; in confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level is usually moderate.