Safety Manager

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9348
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Safety Manager
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Miscellaneous Positions
Posting Start Date: September 13, 2017
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE
This position manages the Association’s safety programs, monitors site safety compliance, performs safety inspections and ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and local safety standards and regulations including emergency response actions. Acts as a resource to provide interpretation of established safety standards, evaluating working conditions for adherence to safety and health regulations. Develops and maintains a series of programs that reduce or eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses, deaths, and financial losses. Manages safety personnel and key staff to perform risk assessments and provides training to promote a culture of safety excellence. Plans, develops, and deploys the Association’s strategic Behavior Based Safety Culture initiatives. Develops and implements the Association’s health & safety training matrix to address training requirements for all employees. Interfaces with key stakeholders on internal and external safety concerns to develop effective, professional relationships. Implements and interprets Association’s policies, directs employees to work safely and provides oversight of contractors hired by the Association to ensure work is performed in compliance with terms of the contract.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
1. Develops and facilitates accident prevention and loss control programs which comply with regulatory requirements and accepted utility best practices, and which educate employees in applicable safety policies and practices to reduce the personal and financial costs associated with accidents and injuries.
2. Develops and maintains safety policies and procedures as well as the Association’s safety manual which comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations and accepted utility best practices. Works collaboratively across all departments to develop procedures and monitor health and safety issues.
3. Facilitates a safety culture in which employees strive for safety excellence.
4. Maintains knowledge of all current and proposed regulations relating to safety and loss control issues using various research methods as well as affiliations with professional societies or organizations. Interprets regulations, interfaces with appropriate agencies as required and provides guidance to all departments in compliance activities.
5. Supervises the daily activities of Safety Department employees. Communicates management directives and goals to employees. Strives to develop a high standard of morale and positive behavior among supervised employees. Evaluates, encourages, and coaches directly reporting employees. Develops and maintains an open line of communication with supervised employees which encourages suggestions and keeps employees informed regarding matters of the Association. Handles performance issues and recommends/implements disciplinary action for positions supervised as outlined in Association policies and collective bargaining agreements.
6. Participates in the interview and selection of job applicants for all positions supervised.
7. Assumes a leadership, support and facilitator’s role for the Safety Advisory Board and Joint Safety Committee.
8. Conducts routine inspections to assure that the Association’s facilities and work practices comply with applicable safety laws and regulations. Conducts safety inspections of field crews to ensure compliance with safety rules. Discusses observed discrepancies with appropriate supervisors to collaboratively determine recommended corrective action.
9. Responds to concerns of potentially unsafe conditions.
10. Maintains the Association’s emergency response and action plan. Maintains disaster supplies as required at each facility.
11. Coordinates with all departments to provide oversight and maintenance of the Association’s emergency response and action plans; responds to natural disasters, and coordinates Association activities with other utilities and local agencies including the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and other state and federal agencies.
12. Develops the annual Safety budget and tracks budgetary expenditures throughout the year.
13. Works with the Human Resources Department to investigate the Association’s Worker’s Compensation claims. Provide accurate information for worker’s compensation administration and record-keeping of claims to applicable departments.
14. Responsible for resolving safety complaints and working collaboratively with the executive management team in recommending remedial action to preserve the highest standards within the Association’s safety program. Tracks and provides follow up on reports of hazardous and unsafe conditions with the use of a safety action items log (SAIL). Assures investigations and resolution of reported violations of safety practices and regulations, and unsafe conditions of buildings, vehicles and equipment. Investigates employee accidents and recommends changes to the Association’s programs to prevent future accidents.
15. Oversees the annual safety training schedule to include mandatory training required by regulations, collective bargaining agreements, and other safety training as the need is identified. Maintains an annual safety training matrix summarizing this information and coordinates with all departments. Responsible for assuring all training provided meets regulatory and operational needs. Conducts safety meetings as required at all Association facilities.
16. Provides annual presentation on health and safety to the Board of Directors, executive management team and employees.
17. Acts as backup to the Security Manager as the Association liaison with outside organizations, such as the public safety and emergency preparedness organizations, fire departments, mutual aid societies, and rescue teams, to assure information exchange and mutual assistance.
18. Conducts or coordinates electrical safety awareness demonstrations for employee groups, schools, fire departments, etc., and for other community groups after-hours.
19. Review PPE requirements and make recommendations as to type and kind needed to provide the best protection for employees.
20. Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value. This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.
21. Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.
22. Integral member of the Association’s Emergency Response Team. Responsible for duties as outlined in the Association’s Emergency Response Plan.
23. Performs other duties as required or directed.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• Qualified candidates are required to have:
– A bachelor’s degree in, safety, business administration or a related field, or may substitute directly related experience of at least ten (10) years with an electrical utility. Directly related utility experience should be in Operations, Dispatch, or Safety.
– A valid Alaska driver’s license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.
– Possess or be able to quickly obtain valid CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
• Preference will be given to candidates with:
– Appropriate educational credentials and/or safety certifications.
– Prior experience which demonstrates successful supervisory and project management experience.
– A safety certification, which is recognized as an industry standard, i.e., Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

NOTE: The Association will consider, in its sole discretion, relevant work experience in lieu of required education qualifications or other required certifications or qualifications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety.
• Comprehend the Association’s safety requirements and develop programs to address those needs.
• Make operations/economic evaluations of proposed safety plans in adapting standard practices and techniques, and recognize discrepancies and deviations.
• Prepare, manage and track an annual budget for safety and health.
• Maintain complete confidentiality of personnel and other sensitive information.
• Think clearly, identify, and solve problems using facts and good judgment.
• Assume responsibility for protecting life and property under normal and emergency conditions.
• Able to work independently and as a team member. Establish collaborative relationships within the Association, seeking consensus when possible.
• Skilled in effective and professional verbal and written communication.
• Ability to facilitate cooperation between work groups and work functionally across all levels of the organization.
• Must possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain positive, collaborative, effective working relationships with management, customers, and co-workers.
• Able to prioritize, delegate and motivate.
• Read and comprehend governmental regulations, technical journals, abstracts, financial reports and legal documents.
• Establish working relationships with various federal and state agencies, such as the Municipality of Anchorage and Mat-Su boroughs, State of Alaska Departments (such as AKOSH, ADOT/PF, etc.), Federal agencies (EPA, Homeland Security, OSHA [General Industry Construction – specifically 1910.269 Electrical Standard], Local Emergency Planning Commission), etc. and other executives and public officials as required.
• Effectively instruct, direct and motivate others. Skilled in positive reinforcement to promote safety programs.
• Interpret contract and collective bargaining guidelines and work collaboratively with other members of the executive management team.
• Demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills.
• Knowledge of mathematical statistics, mathematical probability and applications, statistical inference, and econometrics.
• Proven capabilities in directing, developing, and administering work programs and procedures.
• General knowledge of electrical power transmission, distribution, generation, operation and maintenance.
• Thorough knowledge of current health and safety laws and regulations and general knowledge of risk management, standard pollutants and methods and techniques for emission measurement and disposal applicable to the electric utility industry. Works with other Divisions in relation to specific issues regarding emission and disposal concerns.
• Become knowledgeable of Association policies and procedures.
• Capable of preparing reports for management and measuring results.
• Working knowledge of personal computers in a windows environment, including the use of Word and Excel.
• Use proper techniques in hiring, discipline, appraising performance, coaching, and other supervisory skills.
• Plan and establish effective safety and environmental, control measures.
• Exemplary relationship building skills.
• Able to effectively delegate and collaborate with others to accomplish assignments.
• Innovative, creative and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
• Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
• Lead the corrective action and continuous improvement processes within area of responsibility.
• Drive problem-solving, decision-making and accountability within the safety team.
• Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; this list is not inclusive of all the physical demands that may be required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to:
– Use a computer to input data, compose documents and produce professional, written reports and documents.
– Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone and in person.
– Visual acuity to discern writing on paper to include reading technical material, communication with others electronically, and reading, comprehending, reviewing, and performing complex analysis from technical information, documents and reports via paper and computer format. Ability to visually inspect field projects and ascertain appropriate safety conditions.
– Communicate with individuals in person and conduct meetings and deliver presentations to groups including representing the Association publicly.
– Visit field worksites and travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, seminars, etc.
– Frequently operate a vehicle.
– Occasionally walk over uneven ground under a wide variety of conditions.
– Lift ten (10) pounds constantly, and occasionally lift and/or carry materials weighing up to twenty (20) pounds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
• The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• This position primarily works in an office setting. However, this position requires field work on spill sites, routine inspections, and work in conjunction with the Association’s Emergency Action Plan in inclement weather. The position also requires travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, seminars, etc. Requires occasional work in variable weather conditions, including but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow, possibly over long periods of time and in darkness, etc.
• The incumbent must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions when restoring power during storms, outages, or other emergency conditions.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS
• This position is classified as an exempt, nonrepresented position; and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation. All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the Association.

How to Apply:

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Posting End Date: September 27, 2017