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Safety Manager (FT)

San Diego, CaliforniaFull-time
About the Job
UDW Job Description: Safety Manager

UDW Overview:

United Domestic Workers of America, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 is a statewide labor union that represents more than 155,000 home care and family child care providers in 45 counties in California. Founded in 1979, UDW is a diverse, progressive labor organization that seeks dynamic, committed individuals who will support our members and those for whom they care locally, statewide and at the national level.

UDW is one of California’s largest labor unions. We consistently support and lead important social justice initiatives like fighting for racial justice, income inequality, and affordable health care for all. We are committed to respect and dignity for seniors, people with disabilities, and the children in our care.  We fight for better working conditions and fair pay for home care and child care providers, and full funding for life-saving programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and subsidized family child care. For more information about UDW, please visit our website at www.udwa.org.

Job Information:
Job Title: Safety Manager.
Job Type: Exempt (Salary).
Department: Human Resources.
Reports to: Human Resources Director.
Job Location: San Diego, CA 92115.
Schedule: Full-time - Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Hybrid (In office/remote).
Starting Salary: $64,480/ year to $88,209.00/year (depending on experience).

Job Summary:
The Safety Manager is responsible for driving a strong safety culture and influencing a behavior-based safety management system within UDW facilities. The Safety Manager will work to ensure that safety assessments are thorough, consistent, and accurate. A mindset of continuous improvement and being results driven is critical to the success of this role.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manages the development, implementation, and monitoring of safety and environmental programs to meet all governmental regulations, codes, and rules.
  • Investigates conditions and loss experience to identify risks or exposure. Communicates risks and develops a plan of action for correction.
  • Identifies legal risks and ensures accuracy in OSHA reporting for UDW to avoid legal actions and fines.
  • Take precautionary steps to contact the HR Director and legal counsel and/or make appropriate corrections.
  • Creates, reviews, updates, manages and approves all safety policies.
  • Coaches managers and others on safety policy development and implementation.
  • Conducts employee training on safety procedures relating to specialized work assignments.
  • Coordinates injury, accident, and fire prevention programs to ensure compliance with all regulations and standards.
  • Communicate with and engage leadership in safety performance reviews, share best practices, make recommendations, collaborate, and together, determine a plan of action to ensure improvement.
  • Reviews employee complaints and suggestions related to safety for input on conditions and creates corrective action plans for resolutions.
  • Provides training to safety coordinators, managers, and key staff on safety policies, hazard identification, elimination, and avoidance.
  • Conducts safety audits of office locations as well as job site visits to check the effectiveness of safety policy at the point of contact with the public and work hazards.
  • Observes operations to check safety effectiveness. Reviews and promotes the maintenance of a safe, accident-free, and healthy work environment.
  • Develops innovative or improved methods of loss control to include employee selection, training, and accountability.
  • Provides safety reports and feedback on management performance based on safety records.
  • Manages and reviews the process of filing insurance claims and conducting accident investigations to ensure that reporting requirements are met.
  • Acts as liaison with insurance carriers and claims managers to promote understanding between parties of the claims compensation process.
  • Escalate risk promptly when needed to executive and regional leadership.
  • Serve as a member of the Human Resources leadership team, contributing to advancing the department’s vision and mission.
  • Assist with department projects and perform other duties as assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of work in this job classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Technical knowledge of OSHA compliance, fleet safety, fire safety, labor law, and employee relations.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to engage and train internal stakeholders across multifunctional teams through effective communication and compelling arguments.
  • Execution, attention to detail, initiative, conflict resolution, customer focus, collaboration, building ownership and commitment, establishing direction, drive for change, and getting organizational support.
  • Strong strategic and tactical skills.
  • Must be highly adaptable and organized; able to prioritize and meet target dates in a changing environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and human relations skills.
  • Ability to manage info/data for tracking, analysis, reporting, and driving-related actionable objectives.
  • Results driven and accountable for actions; focus on planning and execution.
  • Ability to work independently yet sees others as partners and essential team members.
  • Strong organizational and systems implementation.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Follows through on commitments.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety or related field. Related education and/or training or any equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
  • 5-7 years of safety and/or risk management experience.
  • Safety certifications: CSP, CIH, or ASP credential (preferred).
  • Requires a working technical knowledge of OSHA compliance, fleet safety, fire safety, labor law and employee relations.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong communication and training delivery skills are required.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish is also preferred.

  • Ability to work from UDW’s office 3 days/week.
  • Willingness to travel as needed, 50% + of the time.
  • Valid driver's license.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
UDW has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, our employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily exposed to an office-type environment. The employee will frequently work on or around office equipment and furniture. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. The employee will frequently work with deadlines under pressure and will occasionally be required to work alone. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor environment can include exposure to vehicles, moving mechanical parts; vibration; odors, fumes, gasses, smoke, dust, or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
UDWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please visit UDW’s career page and submit your application.

UDW’s career link: https://udwa.betterteam.com/