Safety Officer (Risk Specialist II)

City of Portland
Portland, Oregon
Job Type
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Safety Officer (Risk Specialist II)


City of Portland


Salary: $94,390.40 - $122,636.80 Annually


Job Type: Regular


Job Number: 2024-00060


Location: 664 N Tillamook St, OR


Bureau: Portland Water Bureau


Closing: 2/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


The Position


Job Appointment: Full-TimeWork Schedule: Mon-Fri. 8-5Work Location: Hybrid/work location: Water Interstate Facility, 664 N. Tillamook St, Portland, OR. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to attach a resume and a cover letter.Position Summary: The Portland Water Bureau is seeking a Safety Officer (Risk Specialist II) to oversee the industrial safety programs in support of the Operations and Resource Protection Groups. This position is in the Operations Group at the Water Bureau and is part of a collaborative team of safety professionals at the Bureau.


The Safety Officer position at the Portland Water Bureau is responsible for developing and administering a variety of risk management, safety management and/or loss control programs for the Water Bureau in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations and in a manner consistent with sound human resource management principles. The Safety Officer is expected to carry out assigned program responsibilities independently, applying professional knowledge and experience to minimize risk and exposure and ensure safe work practices and conditions. This position will develop and oversee a wide range of technical and industrial safety programs to include, fall hazards, electrical safety, hazardous chemicals, confined space, process safety management (PSM) and other applicable programs that support the Operation and Maintenance activities at the Water Bureau. This position will be responsible for the Bureau's Operations and Resource Protection Group safety programs.


As a person, you are:


  • Highly collaborative: You can take direction from and advise teams to work towards a common goal. You enjoy working with teams from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and are flexible in how you collaborate.
  • Detail Orientated: You have exceptional attention to detail and follow best practices for quality assurance in your work.
  • Equity Focused: You understand the connection between equity and the work we do. You will place an equity framework on projects and programs that you oversee or participate in by building effective two-way dialogue with underrepresented communities.
  • Problem-solving: You can combine your understanding of regulations and other requirements with real-world situations to develop solutions and improvements to the Bureau's safety programs.
  • Adaptable: youcan look at established processes and identify and implement changes and improvements, whether through training or technology adaptation.


About the Water Bureau: The Portland Water Bureau's 600 employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. The City of Portland Water Bureau's mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day to almost 1 million customers in the Portland Metropolitan area. We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We are committed to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position.


Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.


Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.


Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.


More Information about the bureau:


Have a question?Contact the Recruiter Anna Morgan, Senior RecruiterAnna.Morgan


To Qualify


Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:


  • Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, policies, procedures, methods, and techniques of developing and administering a comprehensive risk management and safety program.
  • Knowledge of the Federal and state laws and regulations governing workplace occupational health and safety, risk management, asset protection and workers' compensation.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and standards for insurance, tort risk management, employee health and safety, and chemical and hazardous materials programs, and the ability to interpret and apply them.
  • Ability to design, conduct, and evaluate employee training programs on occupational health and safety practices and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings.Applicants must also possess:


  • High school diploma/GED
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience related to industrial hazards and workplace safety
  • Driver's license: must possess a valid state driver's license


Desired Qualification (not required):


  • A Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Construction Management, or Healthcare - related fields preferred


The Recruitment Process


STEP 1: Apply online between February 5, 2024 - February 19, 2024


Required Application Materials:


  • Resume
  • Answers to Supplemental Questions


Optional Application Materials:

  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.) by the closing date of the recruitment.


Application Tips:

  • Your answers to the Supplemental Questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions..
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.


Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of February 26 - Week of March 4th, 2024

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training, paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their answers to supplemental questions and resume, weighted 100%.
  • Your answers to the supplemental questions and resume will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.


Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Mid March 2024

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.


Step 4: Selection (Interview): Late March 2024

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.


Step 5: Offer of Employment: Early April 2024Step 6: Start Date:

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.


*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.


Additional Information for additional information regarding the following:


  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations


An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


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