Safety Program Manager/Officer
The Solid Waste Division (SWD) is recruiting for an enthusiastic team player to serve as a Safety Program Manager (PM)/Officer for the Division. The Safety Program Manager/Officer is part of the Safety & Emergency Management Unit within the Director’s Office. This is a professional position; work is performed both independently and in close coordination with the unit manager and Division management. The incumbent will be a key contributor to the success of the Division's safety program and overall safety record and culture. To learn more about SWD, visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/solid-waste.aspx.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Forms and Materials Required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
Work Location: This position will have multiple work locations. The Solid Waste Division currently operates eight (8) transfer stations, two (2) drop boxes, and eight (8) closed landfills located throughout King County. The candidate must be available to work at any of these locations.
Work Schedule: The schedule for this position can be a 5/8, 4/10, or 9 -8’s, and may include weekend coverage or after hours monitoring. This position is FLSA Exempt; ineligible for overtime. Due to the 24/7 nature of the SWD operations, this position will be required to respond to incidents and issues, and conduct regular duties as necessary on off-hours, including evenings and weekends.
Solid Waste Division Profile: The Solid Waste Division's (SWD) core business is to operate the solid waste transfer, disposal and recycling services for residents and businesses in all of King County, except for Seattle and Milton. Our 400 employees have earned a reputation for being innovators and leaders within our industry, but our landscape is changing. As a result, we are in the midst of creating our future focused on three lines of business--waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This innovation is backed by an ambitious six-year capital program totaling nearly a half-billion dollars, and a biennial operating budget of over three-hundred million. Our business is operated as an enterprise fund where we are solely dependent upon our revenue generation to fund our operations and environmental mission. SWD's service area has a population of about 1.5 million, or approximately 70 percent of King County's population as a whole. Construction activity in the service area generates approximately 900,000 tons of debris per year.
The Safety PM/Officer collaborates across all sections, organization levels and sites of the Division to develop and support the implementation of the Solid Waste Safety Program, in compliance with laws, regulations, County Ordinances and labor agreements. Administrative duties include, but are not limited to, research and analysis of regulatory standards and changes, programmatic development including training curriculum, incident investigation and trend analysis to identify engineering controls, and evaluation and reporting of industry metrics. Field work includes engaging with front-line employees to understand safety concerns and evaluate program compliance, conducting site inspections for hazard identification, and supporting supervisors with program execution.
- Job Duties
- Plan, develop, implement and monitor division-wide safety programs and projects.
- Provide health and safety technical support to assist the Division in achieving and maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
- Conduct site inspections, both internally and in collaboration with regulatory agencies, and monitor and enforce compliance inspection results.
- Provide coaching and leadership to ensure incidents are reported timely and comprehensively.
- Audit incident investigations, identify discrepancies, and drive corrective actions as needed.
- Perform internal safety audits and root cause analyses, and make recommendations for mitigation.
- Work with management to implement recommendations and lessons learned for continuous improvement.
- Plan, develop and track mandatory and voluntary safety training.
- Attend monthly safety meetings and track corrective actions.
- Oversee annual hearing conservation audiometry, mandatory safety training, and environmental monitoring.
- Manage and maintain the Division’s Safety Management System.
- Support Human Resources, Division management and County Safety and Claims and Risk Management, on processing, investigating, and/or responding to claims.
- Conduct ergonomics assessments and work collaboratively with Human Resources, Division management and County Disability Services on evaluating appropriate recommendations regarding reasonable job accommodations.
- On call availability to provide needed support and work collaboratively with emergency response personnel.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
- At least three (3) years of related work experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the job or the equivalent combination of knowledge and experience that will provide the necessary skills to perform the duties described above.
- Expertise in safety rules and regulations in the solid waste industry or a similar or equivalent industry.
- Knowledge and experience in the field of industrial hygiene.
- Knowledge and experience in creating and maintaining safety performance metrics.
- Knowledge and experience conducting investigations and report drafting.
- Demonstrated skills including excellent oral and written communication and training skills.
- Effective listening and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences ranging from front-line employees to senior leadership.
- Intermediate to advanced skill levels in use of Microsoft Excel for data management, manipulation, and analysis.
- Highly developed organizational, project management and program design skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
- Possess a valid driver’s license.
Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:
- Health and Safety professional certification (e.g., CSP, CIH, CHST, OHST)
- 40 Hour Hazwoper Training
- Applied Technology Council (ATC) 20
- Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 or higher-level certifications
- Understanding of and experience working with continuous improvement methodologies
- Supplemental Information
Union Membership: This position is non-represented.
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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
- Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
- Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
- Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
- 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
- Generous vacation and paid sick leave
- Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
- Flexible Spending Account
- Wellness programs
- Onsite gyms and activity centers
- Employee giving program
- Employee assistance programs
- Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
- Training and career development programs
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NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
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01Do you have at least three (3) years of related work experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the job?
02If answered "Yes" to #1, briefly describe your relevant experience.03If you answered "No" to #1, do you have any other combination knowledge and experience that will provide the necessary skills to perform the duties of this position?
04If you answered "Yes" to #3, please describe your relevant knowledge and experience.05Do you have expertise in safety rules and regulations in the solid waste industry or a similar or equivalent industry? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
06If you answered "Yes" above, please provide a brief description with dates and employer of your expertise in safety rules and regulations in the solid waste industry or a similar or equivalent industry. NOTE: Do not write "see application," as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No," type in NA.)07Do you have knowledge and experience in the field of industrial hygiene? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
08If you answered "Yes" above, please provide a brief description with dates and employer of your knowledge and experience in the field of industrial hygiene. NOTE: Do not write "see application," as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No," type in NA.)09Please check if you have any of the following certifications. Check all that apply.
10If you checked "Other relevant certification" to #9, then briefly describe.11This position will have multiple work locations. The Solid Waste Division currently operates eight (8) transfer stations, two (2) drop boxes, and eight (8) closed landfills located throughout King County. The candidate must be available to work at any of these locations. Are you available to work ALL locations?
- OSHA 30
- Applied Technology Council (ATC) 20
- Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 or higher level ICS
- IS certification
- Other relevant certification
- None of the above
12This position has a choice of schedule. The schedules are 5/8 or 4/10, or 9-8 which can include weekend days as regularly scheduled work days (ex. M-F, or Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat) and/or alternating start and end times to accommodate business needs. You must be willing to work any of these schedules. This position is FLSA Exempt; ineligible for overtime. Due to the 24/7 nature of the SWD Operations, this position will be required to respond to incidents and issues on off-hours, including evenings and weekends. Are you available to work these hours?
13Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
14If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
- Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.