Job Details

City of San Jose
  • Position Number: 3172066
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Occupational and Environmental Safety
Salary range: $93,683 - $114,150 Annually
Application Deadline: July 08, 2022

City of San Jose, CA
Industrial Safety Officer - Regional Wastewater Facility
(Official Title: Senior Analyst)
$93,683 - $114,150 Annually

About Us

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San Jose.

Our department is an exceptional place to start or grow your career. We have a supportive leadership team, numerous professional growth opportunities, and an inclusive workplace culture that is welcoming of your talents! We offer an array of meaningful career paths and value flexibility - offering hybrid work and alternative work schedules in select roles.

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ESD's mission is to deliver world-class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy.

About the Position

The City of San José is seeking an experienced safety professional to lead the Occupational Health and Safety program at the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). The RWF is the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the western United States serving 1.4 million residents and approximately 17,000 businesses located across eight South Bay cities and four special districts. The RWF ensures that the wastewater it receives is cleaned to meet strict standards to protect public health and the environment before entering the Bay. The RWF is located on 2,600 acres of land including 400 acres of buffer lands, 800 acres of biosolids drying lagoons, and 180 acres of operational area. The RWF is an industrial facility treating an average of 110 million gallons per day through a complex operational system that includes large concrete tanks; large motors (up to 4,000 HP), pumps and other industrial machinery; over 600 confined spaces; miles of underground tunnels and basements; hazardous materials such as natural gas, chlorine gas, and anhydrous ammonia; an extensive high voltage electrical distribution and generation system; and more than 300,000 linear feet of pipes carrying gas, liquids, sludge, and air.

The RWF is also in the process of rebuilding and modernizing it's 60-year-old infrastructure. This program is addressing critical rehabilitation needs to ensure operational reliability, improved process performance through newer technologies, and compliance with regulations. Construction broke ground in 2014 making the RWF a major construction site with various contractors and consultants working on different projects at any given time while the Facility continues to provide uninterrupted services to the South Bay. There are over 350 City employees dedicated to operating and maintaining the 24-hour facility including Wastewater Operators, Heavy Equipment Operators, mechanics, electricians, painters, HVAC mechanics, and instrument technicians. Safety is of utmost priority and part of the RWF daily culture. Keeping the employees safe and maintaining compliance regulations is critical in the operational success of the RWF This position also helps implement any emergency policies, such as those as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your Role and Duties

The Industrial Safety Officer will be responsible for administering the Occupational Health and Safety Program to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. The incumbent will provide expertise and experience with industrial safety programs including, but not limited to, lock out tag out (LOTO), confined space entry, machinery safety, fall protection, hazardous materials, and other industrial safety program elements; and experience interpreting and implementing occupational health and safety regulations in an industrial/manufacturing setting. In addition, this position provides: training; ergonomic evaluations; conducts inspections and investigates incidents, accidents, and claims; manages two full-time employees and oversees their development; and administers other programs to ensure a safe work environment and to reduce risk.

The selected candidate will ensure that all related policies, procedures, and programs are disseminated, understood, and practiced by all employees, contractors, vendors, and stakeholders. General responsibilities include: enforce compliance of current regulations, requirements, and best practices in the fields of safety, health, and environmental standards; collect and analyze safety metrics data; prepare reports and documentation supporting findings and recommendations for correction of deficiencies; provide follow-up to ensure that appropriate measures have been appropriately employed to correct infractions and deficiencies and prevent recurrence; provide guidance and instruction to RWF personnel regarding safety and health issues in coordination with City's policies and procedures; and maintain accurate and organized records for program needs and requirements. Additionally, fostering a collaborative culture of safety at the RWF is essential, so the Industrial Safety Officer will attend or lead appropriate meetings, and communicate regularly with his or her manager, RWF management, and safety representatives on work progress and activities.


The ideal candidate will possess the ability to adapt to change organizationally, environmentally, and through regulations. A significant background in industrial or commercial safety, oil refineries, high tech industry, or municipal government is highly desirable. This person should bring balance to administrative or analytical duties and field work. Strong candidates will demonstrate the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.
  • Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies, and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Analytical Thinking - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies a set of features, parameters, or considerations to consider; collects and analyzes data; uses logic and intuition to arrive at conclusions and recommendations.
  • Collaboration - develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.
  • Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive, and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current, well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.
  • Leadership - leads by example; serves as appropriate role model; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment; encourages and rewards risk-taking, allowing others to learn from mistakes.
  • Listening - responds to statements and comments of others in a way that reflects understanding of the content of what was said and the accompanying emotion expressed; asks clarifying questions when understanding is incomplete to assure the speaker of the commitment to understanding what was said.
  • Managing Risk - takes actions in which the benefits to the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery are weighed against potential risks; creates a positive internal control environment by demonstrating support for the agency's internal program.
  • Organizational Communications - ensures that regular, consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility.
  • Problem Solving - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
  • Project Management - ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills

  • Education: Completion of a Baccalaureate Degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university in safety, engineering, industrial hygiene, business, or a closely related field.
  • Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in program management/administrative work in the areas of staffing, budget, safety and/or general staff technical work.
  • Acceptable Substitution/s: One (1) year of additional education above the Baccalaureate Degree level may be substituted for one year of the required management/administrative analytic work.
  • License/Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license.
  • Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.


Current salary range for Industrial Safety Officer is $93,683.20 - $114,150.40 annually. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate's qualifications and experience. This classification also receives a 5% ongoing non-pensionable compensation increase in addition to the salary listed. This classification is tentatively scheduled to receive a 4.5% wage increase in July 2022.

Additionally, the City offers excellent health and pension benefits, as well as 15 paid holidays!

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For further information contact:
Andrew Nelson
CPS HR Consulting
(916) 471-3329

Per the City's COVID19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be "up-to-date" with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that an employee is not only "fully vaccinated," but has also obtained any booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccination for which they are eligible, within 15 days of first becoming eligible.

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