POSITION TITLE:  Safety and Risk Manager
DEPARTMENT:  Human Resources
REPORTS TO:  Human Resource Director
OPENING DATE:  May 5, 2022
SALARY:  $90,547.00 –   126,766.00 DOE
CLOSING DATE:  Open Until Filled

Position Summary:
Achieves the Safety program’s goals and objectives by implementing and coordinating policies, procedures, and resources that establish and promote a safe, accident free and healthy work environment for Cowlitz Indian Tribe employee’s and stakeholders. Maintains confidentiality and professionalism in all interactions with internal and external customers. Honors and represents the mission, vision, values of CIT and of the HR department.


This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Coordinates with Public Works and/or vendors on fire detection systems, alarms, safety devices, plans and training to identify hazards and risk; recommends measures to correct.
Responds to safety and risk-related situations until emergency responders arrive; assists in situations where life, health, or the environment is immediately threatened.
Provides written reports, debriefings and posts incident reviews to leadership; tracks incidents, near misses and reasonable suspicions in monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
Works closely with Public Safety, HHS and Public Works on safety related issues, concerns and needs; Offers staff consultation relating to safety issues.
Assists the Safety Committee in reviewing and updating the overall emergency and department fire plans; ensures all employees participate in orientations, annual and unannounced drills.
Selects, schedules and implements safety trainings; oversees the implementation of training plans and/or exercises; ensures requirements are met and recorded to fulfill mandated grant requirements.
Keep managers and employees alerted as to the hazards of working with toxic fumes, dangerous chemicals and any other hazardous substances; develops a hazard identification and evaluation program through facility inspections and procedural reviews.
Seeks evaluation of architectural and engineering plans to determine the safety and infection control impact; pursues professional assistance as necessary; establishes and coordinates hazard abatement protocol for the identification of hazards through departmental supervisors or safety coordinators.
Maintains a resource library center; provides safety information and/or orientation to all new employees and oversees continuing safety education for all employees throughout the year.
Oversees and reviews the implementation of the overall CIT Safety Guidelines and conducts monthly, quarterly, and annual building checks.
Ensures required safety and risk related certifications are held by required staff and supports staff and leadership with obtaining certifications as needed.
Locates, researches, develops, and submits federal and state grant applications that might sustain operations within the tribes and position jurisdiction.
Provides directions, necessary resources, and actions, to ensure employees work safely, and do not experience injury, illness, and/or violence and abuse.
Implements and manages the emergency alert system.
Coordinates the management, planning, writing and development of department and tribal facilities emergency management response plans under FEMA regulation requirements, as necessary.
Identifies employee and stakeholder relations issues and provides guidance and advice to the Human Resources department in the field of occupational health, safety and risk.
Evaluates employee and contractor performance and sets clear goals and expectations.
Serves as a liaison to various governments, agencies, departments.
Supports department emergency action plans compliance with current county, state and federal guidance and regulations
Develops and manages the Risk and Safety budget.
Serves on committees and act as liaison on behalf of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in occupational health, safety, and risk topics and/or issues; Safety Committee, Covid-19 Committee.
Works closely with the executive team with regards to inclement weather/disaster closures.
Supports and works closely with the HR team in researching workplace accidents or incidents; workers compensation claims; background checks; drug screens; Covid-19 related policies, and all workplace safety policies, procedures and resources.
Develops strategies to achieve position, department, and organizational goals.
Manages special projects as directed.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.
Knowledge of occupational health, safety and risk management concepts and principles, Tribal governance and the needs of tribal membership, persons working or recreating in areas under the jurisdiction of the Tribe.
Knowledge of Federal, State, and local employee safety standards and guidelines, including best practices that come from other agencies such as OSHA and the CDC.
Knowledge and understanding of emergency management concepts and principles.
Knowledge of the current regulations of the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Knowledge of the general principles of grant writing.
Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheet and database software programs in a Windows environment.
Skill in budget preparation and administration.
Skill in public speaking including concise, effective and non-emotive communication with the public, other stakeholders, staff, and contractors; project management and process improvement.
Skill in prioritizing, time management, planning and problem-solving.
Skill in researching, writing, and analytical thinking, with the ability to convey complex ideas and to coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
Skill in making effective decisions in emergency situations.
Skill in the safe operation and handling of motor vehicles.
Ability to exercise initiative and judgment.
Ability to quickly assess and take charge of situations relating to occupational health, safety, and risk management.
Ability to ensure compliance with and follow standard safety practices and procedures common to emergency management work.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with sensitive information.
Ability to analyze complex problems, including statistical analysis of trends and occupational health, safety and/or risk information, draw logical conclusions, and make sound decisions.
Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with people.
Ability to prepare accurate, complete, and legible reports and present detailed, accurate, and objective oral presentations and responses to questions.
Ability to lead and instruct.
Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, be flexible and meet deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications:<span “:=”” 11.0pt”=””>Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Five-year work experience in the development and coordination of occupational health, safety, and risk activities.
First Aid and CPR certifications required.
ARM certification preferred.
Valid driver’s license is required when driving vehicles for work-related purposes.

Must be able to successfully pass a background screening / investigation according to the established requirements below.
Tribal preference in accordance with Cowlitz Indian Tribe Code and CIT Employee Policies and Procedures Handbook shall apply to all positions.

Background Investigation Requirements:

Pre-employment drug screen.
Personal reference check and employment verification.
Federal, state, and/or tribal criminal history and sanction checks including fingerprint verification.
Has not been found guilty of, charged with, received a deferred sentence, received a conditional discharge of, or entered a plea of no contest to, or entered a plea of guilty to any one felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, or sexual contact; prostitution; or crimes committed against person(s) or children.
Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and stand and reach with arms and hands. Situations occur where PPE (personal protective equipment) is needed. The employee frequently is required to use hands, wrists, and fingers associated with computer equipment. The employee may be required to sit for extended periods of time. Normal visual acuity is required by this job. The position requires occasional lifting of 20lbs.

Work Environment:

Work is frequently performed in a typical interior/office setting and occasionally in an outdoor environment. Exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, inclement weather, temperature extremes, traffic hazards, body fluids, hazardous chemicals, flames or burning items, various evidence, firearms, and unpleasant odors will occur. Exposure to hazardous, uncontrollable, and life-threatening situations will occur. Noise level is usually moderate to high. Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common. Evening, weekend, and/or holiday work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required. Must be on call for emergencies.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.

Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.