Safety & Security Specialist

  • Mission Support Positions
  • Spring Valley, CA
  • Salary: $102,197.33 - $127,746.33 Annually

Website Otay Water District

General Duties
Ideal Candidate
Do you have experience and knowledge working with the safety and security requirements of a water agency or service utility, including confined space entry, fall protection, construction safety and traffic control? Are you familiar with Cal/OSHA requirements and have experience working with County and State agency representatives? Are you able to prepare concise and accurate incident and accident investigations, develop and maintain safety and security policies and procedures? If so, we would like to hear from you.

The Otay Water District offers excellent benefits, a balanced work/life environment, and is a leader in the industry.

About the Position and Department
This position is part of the Administrative Services Department and reports directly to the Chief of Administrative Services. The Safety and Security Specialist will be responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the District’s Safety, Security and Disaster Preparedness Response and Recovery Programs. This position is a member of a dedicated, service-oriented team where collaboration and leadership are promoted at all levels.

The Administrative Services Department provides the following support services: Human Resources, Information Technology, Geographical Information Systems, Purchasing and Facilities Maintenance, and Safety and Security.

Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection. However, for the earliest consideration, please submit your application materials by April 25, 2021.. For information on the recruitment process, please go to the Employment section of our website or click here.
Examples of Duties

  • Develops, implements, and maintains safety programs.
    Coordinates safety program activities with other departments and sections. Implements the District’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
  • Conducts and participates in accident investigations relating to occupational injuries, fleet incidents and/or damage to, or theft of District property.
  • Coordinates updates to hazardous materials business plans, community right-to-know, Risk Management Prevention, and Process Safety Management plans.
  • Coordinates hazardous materials to ensure compliance with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains procedures to ensure compliance with safe work practices and determines training needs to address issues.
  • Provides technical assistance to the Department Heads and managers.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence.
  • Develops programs, conducts compliance inspections, maintains required documentation, and prepares technical documents to ensure compliance with State, Federal, and local regulations and codes.
  • Coordinates the District’s security program.  Evaluates and identifies security risks and makes recommendations relating to security audits.
  • Investigates losses and vandalism in coordination with law enforcement.
  • Identifies training needs and determines course objectives, course design, and training materials.
  • Implements, schedules and coordinates recurring safety training.
  • Conducts or acquires training as needed.
  • Coordinates the Department of Transportation (DOT), the District’s
  • Drug Free Workplace, and DMV Pull-Notice Programs.
  • Coordinates and schedules safety meetings with departments and the Safety Committee.
  • Serves as a point of contact with government regulatory agencies conducting inspections of District facilities.
  • Coordinates with District management/supervisory staff to conduct field inspections.
  • Coordinates District safety and security projects with assigned project staff and consultants with respect to the safety and security of District facilities.
  • Investigates and reviews hazardous materials spills and provides technical guidance in clean-up and abatement.
  • Coordinates proper handling, operations maintenance, storage and disposal of hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and underground storage tanks in a manner consistent with public law. Submits disclosure documents as required.
  • Plans and coordinates the District’s disaster preparedness response and recovery programs.  Coordinates drills with District staff and other agencies.
  • First responder in emergencies.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on alarm monitoring and alarm response protocol.
  • Assesses the organizational exposure to losses. Evaluates alternatives and may make recommendations for insurance coverage.
  • Assists Human Resources with personnel matters, policy and procedure updates, and workers’ compensation activities as required.
    Drives a vehicle.

For the complete job description go to the Employment section of our website or click here.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications

  • A valid California Driver’s License.
  • Associate of Risk Management (ARM) Certificate, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) or other comparable safety or security professional certification or designations.
  • CPR, First Aid and Hazwoper Trainer/Emergency Response certificates are required within six months of appointment.

Minimum Experience, Education, and Training Requirements

Five (5) years of experience in coordinating and implementing safety, security and/or risk/control programs, preferably in a utility or construction related environment.


High school diploma or G.E.D. supplemented by two (2) years of college-level coursework (i.e., minimum completed unites = 60 semester/90 quarter) from an accredited educational institution in Business or Public Administration, Safety/Risk Management, Industrial Engineering, Health Sciences Occupation, Safety and Health or a related field. Bachelor’s degree is desirable.

This position will be subject to random drug testing during employment.
This position is exempt from overtime.
Otay Water District is a Smoking, Tobacco and Nicotine Free Campus.
All Otay Water District employees are at-will pursuant to California Water Code, Section 71362.

Otay Water District
2554 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard

Spring Valley, California, 91978


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