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 SAFETY PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$60257 - 119724
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Environmental/Safety
Engineering - Industrial
Operations - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3168661 / Latpro-3810912 
Date posted: Jul-30-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$60,257.60 - $119,724.80 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

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Human Resources Department

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Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Human Resources is seeking a Safety Program Coordinator to implement and administer all Safety, Health, Environmental and Property loss control policies and safe practices to achieve full compliance with local, state, federal and county regulations including but not limited to OSHA and NFPA. Additionally, this position will coordinate with vendors and be responsible for the direction and administration of the loss control program to prevent injury, liability, and damage to property.
The Safety Program Coordinator will be part of the Risk Management team and will conduct or assist departments' safety administrators in the investigations of accidents or near accidents including determining cause, assessing property damage, and preparing reports with recommended corrective actions.
 Specific duties include:

  • Conducting and coordinating with vendors regular compliance audits and safety inspections of County facilities including the physical location, equipment and company vehicles while initiating corrective actions to eliminate hazards and promote a safe work environment; 
  • Monitoring and ensuring that facility fire protection system and safety equipment are fully functional to include arranging all scheduled testing as required by the organization's insurers, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations;
  • Creating and updating a Safety Manual for County-wide safety and loss prevention;
  • Conducting monthly safety and Vehicle Review Incident Committee (VRIC) meetings as well as coordinating ongoing safety trainings for all levels of staff as needed or required; 
  • Ensuring the accuracy of the accident recording system or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) log and analyzing accident trends in order to recommend loss prevention strategies;
  • Staying current on industry issues and maintaining active certifications;
  • Controlling the introduction and use of hazardous chemicals in all departments, and monitoring of the County-wide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) compliance;
  • Leading efforts to comply with environmental regulations and developing measures to address ergonomics, air quality, and other aspects of workplace safety that could affect the health and well-being of employees; and 
  • Administering the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) County-wide program, and staying current with regulations to update the County's Driver Policy which includes but is not limited to the Department of Transportation regulations and Clearinghouse.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to collaborate with all levels within the County; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; strong interpersonal skills to build relationships; the ability to adapt to a fast-paced working environment; and strong time management skills.
Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene or related field plus substantial experience managing or administering a safety program.
Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable:  Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

  • Certified Safety Professional;
  • Substantial experience in loss control with an emphasis in property, fire protection and life safety;
  • Experience developing and implementing loss prevention and safety goal strategies;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the use of pivot tables and the development of charts and graphics; 
  • Experience with technical research and written and verbal technical communications; and/or
  • Experience with coaching and the demonstrated ability of helping others understand complex technical issues.

Special Requirements

A successful applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday; occasional evening and weekend work is required.

The official title for this position is Staff Safety Specialist. 
This position is part of an alternative pay program that includes career path and pay-for-performance elements and an extended salary ceiling.  Entry salary within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience.

NOTE:  This position is listed as "open continuous."  Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered.  The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

An online application is required.  Each section of the application must be completed.  A resume will not substitute for the completed application.  Your responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are considered part of the selection process.  Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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