Washington State Safety & Health Manager in Olympia, Washington


The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking a highly qualified safety professional to serve as the agency's Safety & Health Manager. This position is located in Olympia, Washington.

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, this position coordinates, improves and promotes Safety & Health practices for our WSDOT Employees and the Public which we all serve. This positions collaborates with the Secretary of Transportation and senior leaders to improve safety performance and embrace a safety-first culture.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system consisting of over 18,000 lane miles and 3,600 bridge structures, WSDOT is responsible for the largest ferry system in the nation; owns three Talgo train sets in the Amtrak Cascades fleet; and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Additionally, WSDOT manages the world's widest tunneling project and the world's longest floating bridge. WSDOT's diverse programs and projects are supported by more than 6,800 full-time employees, including engineers, vessel captains, maintenance technicians, environmental specialists, planners, and more. We take pride in our workforce and strive for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Advising executive management on strategies to continually improve the department's safety culture.
  • Lead a team of 21 Safety & Health professionals, strategically develop policy and procedures to reduce/eliminate risk to department assets (including employees) by reducing hazards and mitigate risk of unintended outcomes.
  • Responsible for determining and implementing policy and procedures for the agency's statewide Safety & Health Program.
  • Supervision of the following programs:
  • L&I; Claims and Return to work management program,
  • Jones Act Claims/Torts and Mediation
  • Employee Wellness program,
  • Employee Safety Recognition program
  • Drug and Alcohol free workplace policies in accordance with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Authority (FTA), and various collective bargaining agreements.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert in mediation/defense of any compliance citations such as Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
  • Manage Safety budget for personnel, supplies, databases, Industrial hygiene tests conducted and training materials.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Occupational Health & Safety or closely related field.
  • Credentialing as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
  • Five years of progressive experience in managing safety programs within a large organization.
  • Experience in developing, maintaining, and reporting of Safety Program metrics.
  • Experience communicating with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders including department executives, medical professionals and attorneys.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience supervising professional level staff.
  • Broad understanding of safety and health management systems in a large and complex organization. Demonstrated skills of risk management principles and their implementation.
  • Excellent understanding of the principles of safety engineering, behavior-based safety systems, occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, hazard recognition and control.
  • Leadership and team building skills.
  • Understanding of the Jones Act.
  • Knowledge of Labor and Industry worker claim/compensation law, regulations and processes. Must possess strong program/project management skills.
  • Must interpret federal, state and legal requirements for the department in order to ensure the agency is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to the incumbent's programs.
  • Skills to navigate technical computer systems.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License.

Note:The first review of applications will be 10 days after the posting date.

How to Apply:Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large* "*apply" button at the top of this announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:For inquiries about this position, please contact Matt Elam at (360) 705-7509 or email to Elamm@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-WMS-077.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7042 or email atjobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WMS-077

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $80,808.00 - $103,644.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA