Alameda County Water District-Workplace Health and Safety Officer

12/27/2019 10:24 AM | Selina Zapien (Administrator)


Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Salary: $120,971-$147,046 annually 


The Alameda County Water District located in Fremont, CA is seeking one highly qualified, experienced individual to fill the Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) position. This position reports to the Human Resources and Risk Manager and is critical to the District’s goal of maintaining a healthy and safe work environment for its employees as well as the public.  The WHSO is expected to independently plan, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive occupational health and safety program for the District; initiate complex analyses and studies resulting in recommendations and implementation of systemic changes to workplace health and safety programs. The WHSO is also responsible for oversight and policy direction of various risk management programs, including Workers’ Compensation and property and liability insurance programs.  The WHSO is responsible for developing trend analysis and to provide consultation and expertise to District management and staff on occupational health and safety programs, legal requirements and regulations, and industry best practices. The position exercises functional authority over District staff in essential matters of health and safety; and performs other related work as required.

The Workplace Health and Safety Officer is a specialized professional classification. Under general direction within a framework of established policies and procedures, the incumbent performs a full range of routine to complex duties related to the planning, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive health and safety program for the District as well as management of the Workers’ Compensation and property/liability insurance programs.  Assignments are given in general terms and subject to review upon completion. There is significant latitude for discretion and independent judgment in the selection of work methods to achieve established goals.

Ideal Candidate:

The Ideal Candidate will:

·         Be a self-starter, with energy and initiative to develop new programs and build out existing programs related to workplace health and safety and risk management;

·         Possess extensive training experience, including managing a training program, developing training materials, conducting staff trainings,  and performing needs assessments and identifying areas for training development;

·         Be able to build positive working relationships with staff at all levels and across the entire organization;

·         Have extensive background and knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, regulations and best practices related to workplace health and safety;

·         Have experience administering Workers’ Compensation and property/liability insurance programs and claims processes;

·         Possess strong writing skills with the ability to develop a strong written business case and associated recommendations;

·         Possess strong analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to analyze data and trends, and form recommendations based on this analysis and other research;

·         Possess experience integrating workplace health and safety programs with overall organizational risk management;

·         Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a closely related field, as well as training and certification in industrial health and safety; and

·         Possess extensive experience administering and developing workplace health and safety programs, as well as workplace wellness programs, in the water, wastewater or construction industry.

Education and Experience - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be the equivalent of: Possession of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent education from an accredited college or university with major course work in industrial engineering, safety engineering, occupational health or closely related field and four (4) years of responsible professional experience in workplace safety and employee training work, with at least two years’ experience in the administration of a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program.  Experience in a water or wastewater utility is highly desirable. Certification as an Associate in Risk Management, Associate Safety Professional and/or Certified Safety Professional is desirable.

Additional Requirements: Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of employment, a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid certificate.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of: principles and practices of industrial and occupational health and safety program administration; federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations governing workplace health and safety compliance; principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; principles and techniques of employee training; report preparation and statistical analysis; safe work practices and the ability to identify workplace hazards and/or unsafe conditions and take appropriate corrective action. Skill and Ability to: plan, organize, promote, and implement a comprehensive health/safety program; on a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; act quickly and calmly in emergency situations; analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action; exercise functional authority over District staff in essential health and safety matters; explain District policies and procedures and safety/risk management concepts and practices to the general public, consultants, and District staff; develop and recommend policies and procedures; prepare reports and manuals interpreting and summarizing technical and/or complex health and safety information for use by less experienced individuals; identify, plan, conduct or provide for training of District staff in a variety of safety, health and other risk management related areas; prepare and administer a budget for areas of assigned responsibility; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. For a complete job description, please visit


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